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Is it possible that despite significant efforts of your providers and groundbreaking innovation focused on improving healthcare quality and affordability, the cost of care in your facility just won’t slow down? Perhaps you have an optimized EHR, state-of-the-art health IT and dedicated providers, yet bringing down the costs requires focusing on little things we often…

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MACRA Overview The MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) replaces the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for setting the physician fee schedule rate changes and consolidates several quality and incentive programs into one.  There are two performance tracks in the program, the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  The Advanced APM track offers…

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Doctors complain about having to compete with–or, more often, correct–Doctor Google, and patients searching for medical answers online. But for every suspect Google search result or WebMD symptom check, there are untold swarms of social posts, shares, and comments that further dilute the reliability of online medical information. With the bluster and fury of the…

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AmericanEHR’s co-founder and CEO, Thomas Stringham, and our parent company, Cientis Technologies, have both been nominated for the Health 2.0 Global Retrospective Awards. As part of the Health 2.0 conference’s 10th anniversary, 4 different award categories will be honoured to recognize top influencers from the world of Health 2.0: Industry Leaders, Tech Companies, Health Care…

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ONC recently launched a dashboard listing new transparency information for certified health information technology. This data was released to help purchasers of health IT to access information about costs and limitations they may encounter when implementing and using certified health IT products. Developers must also make a Transparency Attestation indicating whether they will take additional…

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AmericanEHR Partners has just released their Physicians Use of EHR Systems report. The report is based upon 940 EHR satisfaction survey responses received from clinicians for the period May 30, 2014 and July 18, 2014. The data presented and analyzed in this report not only offers useful insights into a critical challenge that vendors, policy…

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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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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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