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The latest release of Meaningful Use (MU) Attestation Data by HealthData.gov shows that as of Feb. 3, 2016 there had been 998,709 MU attestations. Epic Systems Corporation continues to be the market share leader amongst certified EHR systems. “EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR” is the single most attested EHR with 110,173 providers qualifying for meaningful…

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Guest Editorial The healthcare industry does not have a rich culture of innovation. While regulatory burdens, enterprise developers, and even generation gaps have taken heat for causing grief over the course of the Meaningful Use program (RIP), there is a legacy of change-resistance in medicine that goes much further than the last ten years. As…

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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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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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For those of you who spend time caring for patients, rather than keeping up to date on every proposed regulation that comes out of CMS, here are the highlights of one that directly affects you. On April 15, CMS published a proposed rule that makes dramatic changes in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use (MU). Essentially,…

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Don’t delay. The Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals is February 28, 2015. For more information on Attestation on CMS.gov, click here Useful links: For information on state registries and specific requirements in your state click here CMS Attestation & Registration System portal

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Guest Editorial by Benjamin Shibata If you want to give hospital clinicians severe heart burn or an arrhythmia, talk to them about implementing a new state-of-the-art electronic health record (EHR) system.  Although EHRs may seem like an intuitive improvement over paper health records, the transition has been a huge headache because the process is being…

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At our most recent  HIMSS “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use “ Education HIMSS Regional Event for Eligible Providers and Health IT Staff in Dover Delaware several Eligible Professionals have expressed to me that they have had difficulty meeting the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs  criteria. Many complained that their vendors for example have not…

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Those of you still working on reporting for 2013 Meaningful Use have a few more days. CMS announced that the deadline has been extended from 2/28 to 11:59 pm on 3/31/14. Note, however, that all data must have been collected during the reporting period which ended December 31, 2013. Eligible professionals must attest for 2013…

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For those who have been intimately involved with health information technology, particularly Electronic Health Records over the past decade, the speed of adoption and change in practice workflow has been breathtaking. This is not just a North American phenomenon — it has happened in similar fashion across the Western World and in many parts of…

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Unintended Consequences of EHRs: Patient Safety Risks – Bloomberg – While EHRs have reduced errors relating to issues such as illegible handwritten prescriptions, there are also unintended consequences that can result in significant negative outcomes. Some may be related to human error, for example inputting the wrong drug information into the EHR; however, technical errors…

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