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The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 30-Dec. 6

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The week ahead in health IT interoperability begins with more than 47,000 radiology industry professionals assembled in Chicago for RSNA 2015, which runs through Dec. 4. In his opening remarks on Nov. 30, RSNA President Ronald Arenson, MD,...

Republican Doctors Lobby Speaker Ryan for MU Delay

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The 18 medical providers who comprise the GOP Doctors Caucus wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Nov. 20 urging delay of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements as well as a blanket hardship waiver exception for MU Stage 2. The letter also asked...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 23-29

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It’s a short week ahead for health IT interoperability as we pause to appreciate the unsung heroes on the caregiving frontlines and all who support them behind the scenes. With many family members, friends and professional colleagues serving...

AMA Wants Interoperability Standards Before MU Certification

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The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted part of its Interim Meeting on Nov. 17 to the group’s concerted efforts to drive more interoperable electronic health records. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to adopt...

Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrastructure of APMs

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The Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group focused on the former rather than the latter during its most recent meeting. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) subgroup met on Nov. 5 to discuss which technologies and tools would...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 9-15

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The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability with a full-day meeting scheduled for Nov. 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. Meaningful use will be front-and-center in discussions ranging from the recently...

The ‘Heart’ of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

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Among Stage 3 meaningful use requirements, the final grouping of three objectives stand out as “the heart and soul of what we think of as interoperability,” according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the Quality Measurement and...

Medical Groups Urge Repair of EHR Incentive Programs

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In letters sent Nov. 2 to the respective leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, more than 100 physician associations called for Congress to “refocus” the federal EHR Incentive Programs “on the goal of achieving a truly interoperable...

Med Students Take Deep Dive into Clinical Data Repository

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Students at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine are getting direct exposure to clinical informatics as a standard part of their curriculum. The future doctors are required to complete a “Health Care by the Numbers” project,...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 2-8

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A busy week lies ahead for the federal committees charged with advising the National Coordinator for Health IT on matters of policy and standards. Interested parties can listen in on four public meetings scheduled to cover barriers to healthcare...

New Discharge Process Requires Health IT Integration

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on Oct. 29 that sets new requirements for discharge planning at hospitals and other care facilities. Among the provisions affecting IT interoperability, hospitals treating...

HIM and HIT Fields Team Up on Interoperability Governance

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A new resource brings together concepts enabling health information management (HIM) and health IT (HIT) professionals to work collaboratively toward development of interoperability governance standards. The American Health Information Management...

Policy Committee, ONC Spar on Health Information Exchange

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is taking on the thorny issue of state law in regard to the sharing and use of electronic health information within the framework of its recently released Shared Nationwide Interoperability...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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A grassroots advocacy project highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has equipped its members with a way to push for a pause in the EHR Incentive Program’s Stage 3 implementation....

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 19-25

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Policy work rolls onward this week in terms of implementing aspects of the Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap into actionable steps. The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC)’s Clinical, Technical, Organizational and Financial Barriers...

Details Coming on Electronic Health Records Certification

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which establishes certification requirements for electronic health records technology in conjunction with the federal meaningful use program, has given a glimpse of how it intends to...

Star Ratings Proposed for Electronic Health Records

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A new bill proposed by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) would lend customer-facing support to healthcare organizations selecting an electronic health records system. A health information technology rating program is...

ONC Finalizes Roadmap for Interoperability Governance

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has assembled the concepts and actions essential for nationwide interoperability governance and progress over the next 10 years through publication on Oct. 6 of “Connecting Health...

Meaningful Use Requirements Turn to Delivery System Reform

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revamped meaningful use requirements for eligible hospitals and providers on Oct. 6 by releasing the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency said the new rule eliminates unnecessary...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 5-11

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Proposed legislation on electronic health records highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. Senators Bill Cassidy and Sheldon Whitehouse will introduce their new EHR bill on Oct. 6. During last week’s Senate HELP Committee...

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