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5 Nagging Questions About Meaningful Use Stage 2

Jeff Rowe | Government Health IT | August 12, 2013

New technology, we generally assume, is supposed to make us more comfortable by instituting convenience into our lives. Yet new technology that comes with deadlines attached can have exactly the opposite effect. Read More »

After A 'Bridge' Year For Meaningful Use, 2014 Could Be Painful For Providers

Marla Durben Hirsch | FierceEMR | January 2, 2014

The electronic health record world covered a lot of ground in 2013, some of it positive, some of it not. Here's our annual look at the top stories that dominated the headlines in FierceEMR in 2013--and a few that we might expect to see in 2014. Read More »

AMA Board Chair: HHS Should Address EHR Usability Issues Immediately

Staff Writer | American Medical Association | May 15, 2013

The government needs to act quickly to remedy the impaired usability of electronic health records (EHR) if the technology's touted benefits are to be realized, AMA Board of Trustees Chair Steven J. Stack, MD (left), told officials during a federal hearing last week. Read More »

AMA Says EHRs Create 'Appalling Catch-22' For Docs

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | May 3, 2013

As the healthcare industry moves to EHRs, the medical record has essentially been reduced to a tool for billing, compliance, and litigation that also has a sustained negative impact on doctors' productivity, according to Steven J. Stack, MD, chair of the American Medical Association’s board of trustees. Read More »

Commentary: Will Health IT Increase Fraud And Abuse?

John Casillas | Government Health IT | September 24, 2012

A September 15 article in the Washington Post examines an area of increasing focus in healthcare -- fraudulent and abusive Medicare billing practices. Read More »

Don't Overlook Fraud In EHRs, OIG Cautions CMS

Jacqueline Fellows | HealthLeaders Media | January 9, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has eagerly pushed EHRs onto healthcare providers without adequately addressing the risk of fraud, suggests a report from the Office of Inspector General. Read More »

ED Physician Executive Slams EHRs

Scott Mace | HealthLeaders Media | January 28, 2014

Electronic health records "are not effective communications tools—not effective at all," says a self-avowed technology optimist who holds a dim view of current EHR capabilities, but has hopes for better systems to come. Read More »

Epic Installation Proves More Expensive

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | December 27, 2013

Bringing the total cost to $200 million, the parent company of Maine Medical Center will be spending tens of millions more on training for its problematic Epic electronic health record implementation. Read More »

HIMSS EHR Association Fires Back At GOP Senators Calling For MU reboot

Mike Milliard | Government Health IT | May 22, 2013

One month after six Republican Senators published a white paper calling for a new approach to the federal meaningful use incentive program, the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association has drafted a point-by-point response. Read More »

Reflecting On Our IT Progress

John D. Halamka | Life As A Healthcare CIO | October 31, 2012

In a time of EHR naysayers, mean-spirited election year politics, and press misinterpretation (ONC and CMS do not intend to relax patient engagement provisions), it's important that we all send a unified message about our progress on the national priorities we've developed by consensus. Read More »

Senators Grassley, Wyden Call For More Billing Transparency

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 5, 2013

“Medicare is a $500 billion program with billions of dollars going out in error each year,” Grassley said June 4 in a news release. “The bad actors get bigger and bolder all the time. They stay out of law enforcement’s reach all too often. It’s time to try new things.” Read More »

Senators Grassley, Wyden Call For More Billing Transparency

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | June 5, 2013

“Medicare is a $500 billion program with billions of dollars going out in error each year,” Grassley said June 4 in a news release. “The bad actors get bigger and bolder all the time. They stay out of law enforcement’s reach all too often. It’s time to try new things.” Read More »

Session To Focus On EHR-Billing Controversy

Joseph Conn | ModernHealthcare.com | April 18, 2013

The controversy over the appropriate use of health information technology systems to streamline workflow while not fraudulently increasing healthcare claims will get a public airing early next month. Read More »

The Top 7 Free And Open Source EMR Software Products

JP Medved | Capterra | January 16, 2014

As a doctor you may not be able to completely avoid burdensome healthcare regulations or government EHR mandates, but you can at least minimize the cost of those mandates by implementing one of the many free Electronic Medical Records software options. Read More »

U.S. Paid Extra $13 Billion for Some Veterans' Care: Study

Andrew M. Seaman | Reuters | June 26, 2012

The U.S. government paid billions of dollars for the medical care of some older veterans twice, according to a new study published on Tuesday. Read More »