Considering that the federal government has dispersed more than $4.4 billion in EHR Incentive Program payments to over 76,000 eligible providers, it makes sense to examine what may be holding back the rest of the physicians in this country who need to implement an EHR system.
Cigna is continuing to expand its network of accountable care organizations (ACO) after reaching a new agreement with five New Hampshire hospitals--the first time the insurer is implementing its ACO model in a multi-hospital setting.
Mehmet Oz, MD, host of TV's Dr. Oz Show and a heart surgeon at New York Presbyterian Hospital, shares his views on current business and technology challenges facing small physician practices. Click here to view a longer version of this video.
Healthcare providers should be actively working on Phase 1 of ICD-10 implementation, which includes an implementation plan and impact assessment, according to Ann Zeisset, an independent consultant on ICD-10-CM/PCS and author for the American Health Information Management Association.
The timeline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system will likely be delayed one year--to Oct. 1, 2014--U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Monday. The delay is part of a proposed rule, set to be published
As recent talks have Health Level Seven International (HL7) moving beyond IT professionals, the standards process is setting the stage to make a significant impact on usability and workflow. And as more communities are embracing HL7, learning the basic ins-and-outs of the standards process is more important than ever.
As the role of the EHR is shifting to support next-generation business models like accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes, it's no secret some of their functions could use a little fine-tuning.
As healthcare shifts to model emphasizing more accountable care, technology will be an indispensable part of the equation, according to a report unveiled this week by the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2). The report, Population Health Management:
HIMSS will collaborate with BCS, the British information technology trade group, on a project to introduce HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model (EMRAM), which gauges hospitals
Accountable care organizations going for higher bonuses from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are having to consider various mechanisms to cover losses that may result.
ACOs can set aside cash reserves in escrow, establish a line of credit, have the amount deducted from future fee-for-service payments or
It's hard enough for providers to try to absorb the proposed requirements for stage 2 of Meaningful Use, published in the Federal Register March 7. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) keeps on changing the rules--this time by issuing an 11-page list of corrections just three weeks before comments on the proposed rule are due.
WASHINGTON – The Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record program has paid $4.5 billion to 76,612 physicians and hospitals in incentive payments through March 2012.
Of that amount, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paid out $339.9 million for Medicare eligible providers, according to its latest data.
Assuming that you qualify as an eligible provider under the EHR Incentive Programs administered by CMS, your next step is to register for the Medicare or Medicaid program.
The U.S. healthcare system's lopsided delivery costs compared to the rest of the world is the primary driver behind the nation's long-term budget deficits, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has concluded.
The timeline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system will likely be delayed one year--to Oct. 1, 2014--U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Monday. The delay is part of a proposed rule, set to be published next week in the Federal Register, that would create a unique health plan
Nine months after All Island Gastroenterology and Liver Associates in Malverne, N.Y., went live with its electronic medical record system, practice administrator Michaela Faella realized things had not gone as smoothly as planned.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced its long-awaited list of 27 Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, as well as five Advance Payment ACOs, both beginning April 1.
A strategic plan is crucial to the success of an organization's IT, but today's healthcare landscape is calling for a more patient-centered approach to planning for information technology. In fact, Sue Sutton, president and CEO of Tower Strategies, believes the future of IT planning should focus on an inclusive approach -- all while
The timing of ICD-10 may still be up in the air, but eventually, the transition will call for myriad changes, some of which organizations should consider outsourcing, and some they should not.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court's decision on the future of the health reform law will likely ripple through the political atmosphere around the elections and the direction of health-related stocks in the market no matter which way the justices bend.
Pharmacy giant Walgreens and pharmacy network operator Surescripts jointly announced the launch of a new interoperability initiative this week that enables Walgreens' pharmacies and retail health clinics to share patient data directly to physicians electronically to improve the coordination of care.