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A January 20, 2016 Health Affairs Article by Dawn M. Heisey-Grove titled Variation In Rural Health Information Technology Adoption And Use (Health Affairs, no.(2016): doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0861) examines the differences between different provider groups in rural vs. urban settings. According to Heisey-Grove, initial adoption levels amongst rural providers was higher than their urban counterparts. “In 2013,…

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Last week active CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced the phasing out of Meaningful Use “as we know it.” This week ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Andy Slavitt have expanded on plans for upcoming changes to the Meaningful Use program on the CMS blog. While many media outlets (AmericanEHR included) reported that Meaningful Use…

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Speaking at the  J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference on Jan. 11, 2016, Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that CMS is in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (also known as MACRA) was signed into…

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February 29 – March 4, 2016 Sands Expo Convention Center | Las Vegas, NV HIMSS16 will bring together 40,000+ healthcare IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking are hallmarks of this industry-leading conference. Register here: HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition  

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Technology is transforming the practice of medicine and playing an ever-increasing role in clinician’s responsibilities. As a clinician and care provider, HIMSS wants to get your personal perspective on the impact and value health IT solutions bring to you on a daily basis. This survey explores impact of health IT on your job satisfaction, the…

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Guest Editorial As controversial and frustrating as it may be, the federal government’s role in modernizing American healthcare is far from over. Healthcare occupies an unusual role: it is technically a private service subject to free market forces, yet in many ways it is insulated from consumer demand and market pressures of the sort that…

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ACP is assisting on an HL7 project to address one of the common barriers to the exchange of patient information between providers for continuity of care: the inconsistent use of standards and poor usability. Many physicians have reported that the Transitions of Care Documents (ToC) using Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) for Meaningful Use are not as…

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed Test Tools for conformance testing of Health IT Modules related to the 2015 Edition ONC certification criteria for electronic prescribing, immunization messaging, syndromic surveillance, and reportable laboratory results. Complementary test process documents that describe the testing actions for using these tools were also developed and…

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Keyboard Infection Risk

by on November 27, 2015

The following article from Man & Machine was brought to my attention. It would seem that even with the emergence of EHRs, simple surface hygiene is a task that can often be forgotten when it comes to the keyboard.   Medical professionals worry about keeping their offices and patient areas clean, but many overlook one of the most…

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For the second year in a row AmericanEHR’s blog has made the list of the Top 50 Health IT Blogs by CDW Healthcare. The healthcare technology community is abuzz these days with a number of key topics from mHealth to patient engagement, senior care to ACOs, ICD-10 to EHRs. There are so many diverse insights…

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Guest Editorial A recent survey of office-based physicians looked into the state of revenue cycle management (RCM) across various specialties, staff and locations. The RCM Survey Report called “What’s Happening Behind the Billing Office Door” evaluated several high-level metrics including first-pass clean-claim rate, net collection percentages, average days in A/R, and outstanding collections for 120+ days. The…

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