Health IT & HIE News

The Right Data Can Work Wonders

Healthcare IT News  (June 3, 2014)

The excitement was palpable at this week's Health Datapalooza event. The theme: endless possibilities. In fact, the ways that the gathering of the appropriate data and the analysis of it can improve health outcomes is astounding. But first the right data must to be collected.  MORE +

How to Reduce EHR Adoption, Meaningful Use Complexities

EHR Intelligence  (June 3, 2014)

It’s generally accepted that there are many advantages to healthcare organizations adopting EHR systems. Ubiquitous availability of patient records, convenience and timeliness of mobile access to information, and streamlined communication among healthcare professionals and patients are among the greatest gains. But as with many advances in the workplace, EHR presents a number of challenges to healthcare organizations and providers. Here are lessons learned from early adopters...  MORE +

CMS Proposes Stretching 'Stage 1' in EHR Incentive Program

Modern Healthcare - free registration may be required to view  (May 20, 2014)

Healthcare providers will have one extra year to use 2011 Edition software in their electronic health record systems under the federal incentive program for health IT under a proposed rule the CMS issued Tuesday. Providers scheduled to jump to the program's Stage 2 criteria will have another year to stay at Stage 1. Hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals trying to meet the program's Stage 1 meaningful-use criteria can continue to use 2011 Edition software under the proposal, which will give them “more flexibility,” according to a joint announcement by the CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.  MORE +

Substance Abuse Patients Suffer from Privacy, Data-Sharing Rules SAMHSA Says

Modern Healthcare - free registration may be required to view  (May 9, 2014)

Existing federal privacy regulations are keeping healthcare organizations, including health-information exchange (HIE) organizations, accountable care organizations (ACO) and coordinated care organizations from relaying information about patients' substance-abuse disorders, according to HHS' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This inability to share information is preventing some patients from fully benefiting from appropriate treatment models, the agency said. As a result, SAMSHA is now attempting to tweak regulations so those individuals can have full access to coordinated care, while still ensuring their personal information isn't at risk for exposure to unauthorized personnel, the agency said in a federal notice.   MORE +

CMS Reminds Providers of 'Meaningful Use' July 1st Hardship Exception Deadline

Medscape Medical News  (May 8, 2014)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding physicians who did not attest to meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records (EHR) in 2013 that they have until July 1 of this year to apply for a hardship exception so they can avoid a financial penalty in 2015. Physicians who attested in previous years but don't attest to MU stage 2 this year have until July 1, 2015, to apply for a hardship exception to sidestep a penalty in 2016. Hardship exceptions are valid for one year and then must be renewed.  MORE +