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Beyond EHRs: Positioning Hospitals For The Pay-For-Performance Era

Steve Riddle | Government Health IT | October 9, 2012

Fierce competition ahead. That’s what hospitals can expect in the pay-for-performance landscape that is already unfolding on the national regulatory scene. Read More »

Big Data Saves Michigan $1 Million Each Business Day

Tom Groenfeldt | Forbes | January 11, 2012

Big Data is saving the state of Michigan $1 million each business day, while consolidating 40 data centers into three saved $19 million the first year. Read More »

Blue Button: Driving a Patient-Centered Revolution in Health Care

Steve Downs | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | September 13, 2011

A lot can happen in a year. Last October,  I wrote about a promising new offering for people looking to take control of their own health and health care decisions. Known as "blue button," this simple (but rather revolutionary) technology offers individuals the ability to download their own health information with just the click of a mouse. Read More »

Book Author Calls for Using VistA and the VA Model of Care to Solve the Physician Burnout Crisis

On November 1st Newsweek published an extraordinary Op-Ed by Samuel Shem titled Why Computerized Medical Records Are Bad for Both You and Your Doctor. In the article, Shem, pen name for the American psychiatrist and well-known author Stephen Joseph Bergman, presents evidence that poorly designed electronic medical records (EMRs) and over-regulation are to blame for the growing crisis of physician burnout and suicide. The rate of suicides among physicians has risen to a staggering number--three per day. Shem argues that there is a "better way," and that is shown by the electronic health record (EHR) system used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA's EHR is called VistA. Shem's view is supported by a large and increasing number of physicians and nurses. Read More »

Brand-Name Drugs Pushing Up US Medicare Costs: Survey

Lynne Taylor | PharmaTimes | June 12, 2013

People with diabetes who are enrolled in the US federal Medicare health programme are two to three times more likely to use "expensive" brand-name drugs than diabetes patients who are treated within the Veterans Administration (VA) Healthcare System, new research shows. Read More »

Bridging Medicine's Electronic Gap

Staff | MD News | December 8, 2011

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 20% of seniors have five or more chronic conditions for which these patients visit an average of 13 separate providers and receive an average of 50 prescriptions. Given this statistic, how can the 13th physician safely and effectively treat a patient without the benefit of any prior medical information? Read More »

Burgess Bill Addresses Interoperability, the Leading Health IT Issue in the US

Health care reformers around the country should be jumping up to thank Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas), an MD who is working with his staff to write a bill to promote Health IT interoperability. Readers of Open Health News probably know that interoperability--in simple terms, the ability of any authorized user to read a medical record from any source--has emerged as one of the two top burning issues of health IT, the other one being the lack of usability of proprietary/lock-in electronic health records (EHRs).

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Category C Liberalism

Paul Glastris | Washington Monthly | October 24, 2013

Like Ed and Kevin Drum I found Mike Konczal’s post about how the problems with healthcare.gov might reflect competing visions of liberalism interesting and wanted to expand on it. Read More »

Changing The Structure Of Health Care Delivery Systems: To Benefit The Patient, The Providers, Or The Insurers?

Josh Freeman | Medicine and Social Justice | January 12, 2014

In an important series of 3 articles beginning on the Sunday before the New Year, “Doctors Inc.”, Alan Bavley of the Kansas City Star looked at the increasing acquisition of physician practices by hospitals, and the impact this has on access to, quality of, and cost of health care for patients. [...] Read More »

CMS Makes Medicare, Medicaid Data Easier For Researchers To Access

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | November 13, 2013

Researchers who want to study population health using the vast stores of Medicare and Medicaid data will no longer have to order it and wait for the federal government to ship them encrypted data files. Rather, they can now access the information virtually [...]. Read More »

CMS Reopens EHR Hardship Exception Application Timeframe

Mike Miliard | Government Health IT | October 7, 2014

Providers looking to attest to meaningful use but running into problems with their EHR versions just got a new window of time to apply for a hardship exception.  Indeed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said on Tuesday it will reopen the submission period — the new due date for hospitals and physicians hoping to avoid 2015 Medicare payment adjustments is Nov. 30, 2014...

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CMS Taps 3M for ICD-10 Coding Translation Tool

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | September 9, 2011

WASHINGTON – Perhaps this is to be taken as a sign that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not, as some healthcare IT pros no doubt are still hoping, push back the compliance deadline for ICD-10. Read More »

CMS’ Accountable Health Communities Model Selects 32 Participants to Serve as Local ‘Hubs’ Linking Clinical and Community Services

Press Release | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services | April 6, 2017

Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for applications for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model. Over a five-year period, CMS will implement and test the three-track AHC model to support local communities in addressing the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by bridging the gap between clinical and community service providers...

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Coalition: Meaningful Use Stage 3 Must Focus On Care Disparities

Staff Writer | HITECH Answers | August 28, 2013

Last week the Consumer Partnership for eHealth — a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor groups — published an action plan aimed at ensuring that Stage 3 of the meaningful use program focuses on health care disparities, Healthcare IT News reports. Read More »

Coburn: Computerized Patient Records Will Bring on Hackers

Aliya Sternstein | NextGov | November 10, 2011

At Wednesday's hearing, Coburn, a practicing obstetrician, referenced the exploits of Chinese cyber attackers to illustrate the vulnerability of digital versus paper information. "There are always going to be people who will go around" computer security to obtain sensitive information, he said. "Just ask our Defense Department with China right now. Read More »