Health IT & HIE News

Information Blocking Discussed in Senate Hearing

Health Data Management  (July 24, 2015)

Information blocking—both by providers and vendors—is preventing the sharing of patients’ electronic health records and dashing any hope of realizing true EHR interoperability, according to witnesses who testified during a Senate health committee hearing on Thursday, July 23.  MORE +

Analytics Tip: Stop Cleaning Your Data

Health Data Management  (July 15, 2015)

Adopting a basic set of principles is the key to success with healthcare data analytics, according to John Showalter, M.D., chief health information officer at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During a presentation at the Healthcare Analytics Symposium sponsored by Health Data Management, Showalter said the top two principles are: healthcare analytics is all about the individual patient, and don’t waste time and money cleaning your data before analyzing—just start using it.  MORE +

Proposed CMS Rule Would Require Health Information Exchange for Long-Term Care

Health IT Analytics  (July 15, 2015)

A new proposed rule released this week in conjunction with the White House Conference on Aging would require long-term care (LTC) facilities and nursing homes to participate in health information exchange, CMS says. During a patient transfer or discharge, long-term care facilities would be required not only to document an event in the patient’s clinical record, but also to transmit that information to the receiving facility in order to promote continuity of care.  MORE +

CMS Details MACRA Quality Reporting, Payment Reform Proposals

Health IT Analytics  (July 14, 2015)

In the first update to the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) since the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula was repealed in April, CMS has unveiled its proposed rule for implementing some of its major changes to the industry’s clinical quality reporting and value-based reimbursement frameworks. The updates, slated to take effect at the beginning of 2016, include modifications to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), EHR Incentive Programs, and Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier, among other things.  MORE +

Medicare Pushes Home Health to Adopt EHR, HIE

Health Data Management  (July 8, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants home health agencies to accelerate their use of health information technology. The agency is issuing no mandates yet, but certainly is leaving the door open. CMS’ encouragement of electronic health records and health information exchange is in a proposed rule for the calendar year 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system.  MORE +