Meaningful Use

Interoperability experts see bright future including LTC

Interoperability experts see bright future including LTC

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In the 10 years since the Bush Administration launched its healthcare interoperability initiative by creating the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, a lot of progress has been made toward the goal of an interconnected healthcare continuum.

Medicare reform proposal needs fixes for long-term care physicians, AMDA says

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Prospective Medicare changes regarding physician payments might unfairly penalize doctors working in long-term care settings, according to a prominent medical directors association.

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EHR problems are "worse than we know," a new report from the ECRI Institute contends. Transitioning from paper to electronic health records is creating problems, and "we're only now beginning to understand the extent," says ECRI's Karen Zimmer. "Mistakes are bound to go unnoticed for months or even years." The ECRI report documented 171 health IT problems that caused or could have caused patient harm.

MDI Achieve's Matrix reaches certification milestone

MDI Achieve's Matrix reaches certification milestone

MDI Achieve announced its Matrix software has received meaningful use certification from the federal government.

Expand electronic health record incentives to long-term care, providers insist

Federal health officials need to expand incentives for adopting Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria for electronic health records to long-term care operators, a provider group demands in a new report.

CMS issues meaningful use final rule and offers RAI manual update timeline

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Regulators have released the final rule that outlines criteria hospitals and other providers must meet to receive funding for a federal electronic health-record incentive program.

Long-term care providers should be eligible for EHR incentives, providers stress

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Federal health officials need to offer long-term care providers incentives to adopt Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria for electronic health records, a provider group recommended.

Long-term care providers should be eligible for EHR incentives, providers stress

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Federal health officials need to offer long-term care providers incentives to adopt Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria for electronic health records, a provider group recommended.

Accountable care organizations in focus as Health IT Summit opens Wednesday

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The Seattle IHT2 Health IT Summit, now in its seventh year, will focus on defining meaningful use as participants convene on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The opening keynote will be on the "State of the Health Care IT Union" by Advisory Board Executive Director David Garets. Other sessions will cover accountable care organizations, security and privacy in health IT, and telehealth applications. The summit will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Future summits will be held in 2012 in New York City in September; Beverly Hills, CA in November; and Austin, TX, in December.

Health info expert: Time for long-term care providers to raise their hands for inclusion

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Long-term care providers must collaborate and create partnerships with their acute care counterparts in order to make efficient use of new technology, a health information management expert told listeners at a special McKnight's webcast Tuesday.

Use of electronic health records by post-acute providers improves care transitions, experts say

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Long-term and post-acute care providers aren't eligible for federal meaningful use incentives for electronic health records, but failing to pursue EHRs would be unwise, experts stress.

CMS releases Stage 2 meaningful use requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced its second stage of requirements for healthcare providers looking to participate in electronic health records incentive programs.

Governors warn negotiators against shifting costs to states

Don't shift federal Medicaid funding obligations onto states. That was the message in a letter the nation's governors sent to the White House and top lawmakers this week.

Healthcare information will be plentiful for providers at this meeting

The Healthcare Information Management Systems and Society is hosting its annual conference Sunday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. More than 400 educational sessions will be offered at HIMMS11, covering topics such as the HITECH Act, standards, interoperability, Meaningful Use provisions, and more. More than 29,000 individuals are expected to attend.

Federal government releases 'meaningful use' rules for healthcare IT

Federal government releases 'meaningful use' rules for healthcare IT

The Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday disclosed two final rules regarding the "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHR).

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