Health Care Information Technology

Hospital ratings: Advancing or obscuring choices?
Hospital ratings: Advancing or obscuring choices?Hospital rankings provide consumers with valuable information, but they're not always in agreement.
New payment models bringing changes to medical practicesA study of 34 physician practices jointly sponsored by RAND Corporation and the American Medical Association found that alternative payment models are changing the way physicians and medical practices operate. However, changing the payment system doesn't always ensure patient care improves.
Mining EHR data for quality improvementMany physicians doubt that electronic health records (EHRs) improve the quality of care. But relatively few practices are mining their EHR data to see how well they’re doing or to update their care delivery processes.

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Telemonitoring of heart failure patients produces gainsA Geisinger Health Plan telemonitoring program for heart failure patients significantly reduced hospital readmissions, cut the cost of care for members, improved the efficiency of care managers and delivered a 3.3 return on investment, according to a new study.
New initiative will give patients greater access to physician's EHR recordsFive primary care facilities will test a new initiative that will allow patients to view and add to their physicians’ visit notes in their electronic health records (EHR) systems.
Coding association predicts a smooth transition to ICD-10The November round of ICD-10 testing conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been deemed a success through a poll conducted by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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Premium Content | 4 Surefire Signs You Need a New EHRAs of November 1, 2014, only 2% of eligible professionals had attested to Meaningful Use 2. This is not good news for the thousands of independent physician practices that rely on Medicare payments: the Center for Medicare Services is slated to hand out 1% penalties this year for MU2 slackers
7 ways to prepare for a meaningful use auditHere are seven strategies your practice can use to make sure you meet all the requirements of the MU program should the auditors come calling, and ensure you can keep the incentive money you earned.
How to fix meaningful use to help physiciansWhile the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have made tweaks to the meaningful use (MU) program to help physicians attest to stage 2, many physicians are still struggling with the burden.
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