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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) launched The Patient Engagement Playbook during their 2016 Annual Meeting. This tool was designed for health care providers, practice staff, hospital administrators and others who want to leverage health IT, and their electronic health record (EHR) patient portals, to further engage patients in their health and care. The Playbook…

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During their Annual Meeting last Saturday, June 11, 2016, the American Medical Association (AMA) selected three “AMA Healthier Nation Innovation Challenge” winners. The event featured the top five finalists from the challenge who pitched their ideas live to a panel of judges and the audience for an opportunity to receive a share of $50,000 in…

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Healthcare Administrator has made their selections for the Top 40 Health and Fitness Blogs of 2016. Selected blogs were listed by virtue of uniqueness, popularity, usefulness, and creativity. With rising occurrence of illnesses, people are becoming even more desperate to acquire information that will help them on their journey to living healthier lives. Hence, we…

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ONC’s Annual Meeting, was held from May 31 through June 2, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. It was kicked off with a presentation by ONC Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, Dr. Vindell Washington. Dr. Washington did a great job of revving everyone up for the event and…

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Guest Editorial I’d like to spend a moment here to take back the word “provider” in the healthcare context. It seems I can’t go a day without hearing at least one (and often more) members of a care team rebel against being lumped together not by specialty, credential, or title, but by the vague term…

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Multiple sources (TechCrunch, Forbes, ABC News, etc.) are reporting that hackers have just released email and password combinations for 117 million LinkedIn accounts. This data stems back from a 2012 LinkedIn security breach (aka Hack). Motherboard is reporting that an alleged hacker is selling the data on an illegal online marketplace for 5 bit coins (around…

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Guest Editorial If you start experiencing new or odd health-related symptoms, where do you go first? For many people, especially those who are uninsured or under-insured, going to do the doctor isn’t always an option, so instead they turn to the Internet for answers. The medical field is one that is constantly growing and changing,…

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This hour-long ACP Leadership Academy Webinar sheds light on the complicated topics of MACRA, MIPS, and APMs. MACRA (The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is a bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in April of 2015. It’s is part of a broader push towards value and quality and it’s Congressional intent is as…

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On May 2, 2016 Peter Basch, MD, MACP, Chair, Medical Informatics Committee, American College of Physicians (ACP) submitted ACP’s comments on the ONC Health IT Certification Program to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACP is the largest medical specialty…

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In a joint post on the CMS blog Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced plans to retire the Meaningful Use program in favour of a new program under the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS). The new program,…

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There are big changes in the midst for EHR incentive programs. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was passed by the Senate on April 14, 2015 (92–8) and was subsequently signed into law by President Barack Obama just over a year ago. MACRA’s primary function is to establish new ways to…

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