Health IT & HIE News

Will Health Information Exchange Become Medicare Payment Criterion?

InformationWeek Healthcare  (August 8, 2013)

The use of interoperable electronic health record (EHR) systems to share information could eventually become part of reimbursement criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a new position paper from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  MORE +

ONC Sets the Stage for Higher Focus on HIE

Health Data Management  (August 7, 2013)

After considering more than 200 comments to a March 2013 request for information on ways to accelerate health information exchange, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have identified a set of principles to guide new strategies.  MORE +

EHR Use Leads to Higher Loyalty, Satisfaction Among Patients

EHR Intelligence  (August 5, 2013)

Close to half of all patients are basing the choice of a healthcare provider on digital access to their electronic health information, according to a survey conducted by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners. This access includes viewing test results, ordering prescription refills, and making appointments online. The findings are in line with similar studies conducted by other research groups.  MORE +

What LTC Nurses Want From EHRs

Long-Term Living  (August 5, 2013)

What features do electronic heath record (EHR) systems need to offer to long-term care? Just ask the nurses. The long-term/post-acute care Chief Information Officer (CIO) Consortium and the Nurse Executive Council got together to decide just that, and they discovered that most EHR systems aren’t really built to handle long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) settings. In fact, it's not even close  MORE +

Embracing 'Quality' Medicine: Guidance for Independent Physicians Coping With Industry Change

Physician's Practice, commentary by Owen Dahl, FACHE, LSSMBB  (July 30, 2013)

There are three things in life that are certain: death, taxes, and change — especially in the healthcare world. Whether or not the Affordable Care Act fully sees the light of day, there are many aspects of healthcare reform that will continue to affect our world. Reimbursement models will change, with fewer fee-for-service plans and more "bundled" payment options. Payment will be based more on delivering optimal patient outcomes and utilizing evidence-based treatment protocols.  MORE +