Health IT & HIE News

EDs With HIE More Likely to Avoid Repeat Imaging

Healthcare IT News  (January 23, 2014)

In one of the first large-scale empirical studies on the links between HIE participation and imaging in hospital emergency departments, a group of researchers from Mathematica Policy and the University of Michigan found redundant CT scans, x-rays and ultrasounds decreased fairly significantly — with savings in the millions of dollars.  MORE +

Consumers Now Call for Meaningful Use

Healthcare IT News  (January 10, 2014)

Meaningful use -- it's not just for healthcare providers anymore. Patients are paying attention to what meaningful use of electronic health data entails and why it's important; they're understanding, and now they want it. The federal government's ambitious plan to drive health IT adoption worked its way into the conversation Jan. 7 at the Digital Health Summit, a two-day workshop in the midst of the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas.   MORE +

New Guidance on Data Mapping for HIM Professionals and Others

Health Data Management  (January 9, 2014)

The American Health Information Management Association has issued a white paper on data mapping and how it affects data integrity. “The increased demands for data sharing and interoperability, especially across different practice settings and different classification systems, increase reliance on data mapping tools and techniques,” the report explains. “The use of these tools requires frequent integrity checks. Understanding the role and context of data maps, as well as their strengths and weaknesses, is essential in ensuring the reliability of the data entries derived from maps.”  MORE +

Meaningful Use Stage 3: Anticipate New Patient-Generated Data Requirements

Becker's Hospital Review  (December 31, 2013)

ONC's Health IT Policy Committee has announced its intentions to include expanded requirements for hospitals and health systems to collect and use patient-generated data in meaningful use stage 3 objectives.  MORE +

Anti-Kickback Exemption for EHRs Extended Through 2021

Healthcare IT News  (December 27, 2013)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the HHS Inspector General finalized the Stark law exemption, which allows hospitals to fund up to 85 percent of EHR costs for physicians, and the OIG outlined the related anti-kickback “safe harbor” for “protected donors.” The eight-year-old EHR exemption to the physician self-referral and anti-kickback laws have been extended to 2021.  MORE +