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Medicare, Medicaid EHR Payments Break $10B barrier In December

Mary Mosquera | Government Health IT | January 9, 2013

Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December since the program’s inception. Read More »

Mobile Will Be Essential To Meeting MU Stage 2, Improving Care Coordination

Neil Versel | MobiHealthNews | November 1, 2012

We’ve heard talk for years about patient engagement, but not a whole lot of real progress. Mobile technologies are about to change that, with a substantial boost from Stage 2 of the “meaningful use” EHR incentive program. Read More »

MU Payments Sail By $16 Billion

Diana Manos | Government Health IT | November 7, 2013

As of the end of September, the federal government now reports that a significant number of hospitals and eligible providers are now actively participating in the electronic health record incentive program, with 425,000 registered for the program and 325,00 unique providers having received some kind of incentive payment so far. Read More »

N.H, Utah Hospitals Report Rise In Uncompensated Care

Ron Shinkman | FierceHealthFinance | February 19, 2013

Granite State hospitals projected to spend $358 million on charity care; $305 million will go unreimbursed Read More »

Network Glitch Brings Down Epic EMR

Erin McCann | Healthcare IT News | January 28, 2014

An IT network failure at a Florida health system has rendered the organization's $80 million Epic electronic medical record system down for the count. The outage, officials reported, lasted nearly two days. Read More »

New NC Health Law Aims For Transparency, HIE

Anthony Brino | Government Health IT | August 23, 2013

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website will soon be publishing the prices of the 140 most common in-patient, surgical and imaging services performed by every hospital in the state. Read More »

New Recall Management Tool Matches Alerts Directly to Hospitals' Equipment Inventory Data

Press Release | ECRI Institute | May 23, 2016

The faster a hospital responds to a product safety alert or recall, the safer its patients are. But with dozens of alerts and recalls issued every week by FDA, manufacturers, and other organizations, how can busy hospital staff quickly see which ones have the potential to affect their own patients?Today, ECRI Institute announces the release of Automatch™ for Equipment, the newest enhancement to its Alerts Tracker™ automated recall management solution used by hospitals and health systems worldwide...

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New York State Hospital Data Exposes Big Markups, And Odd Bargains

Nina Bernstein | New York Times | December 9, 2013

Just how expensive is your hospital? In New York, the answer may lie in a trove of hospital cost data newly posted online by the State Health Department. Read More »

New York’s Ongoing Blackout: Hospitals In Lower Manhattan

Charles Ornstein | ProPublica | November 8, 2012

Long after power is restored from Sandy, the effect of another more-precarious outage is still taking shape: Some of the largest hospitals in lower Manhattan remain shuttered. Other hospitals are scrambling to fill the gap, and concern is rising that the patchwork system can't last for long. Read More »

Obama Should Act Immediately On Veterans' Healthcare, AMA Delegates Agree

Andis Robeznieks | Modern Healthcare | June 10, 2014

President Barack Obama should take immediate action to allow veterans to seek care outside of the Veterans Affairs Department's healthcare system, the American Medical Association House of Delegates resolved Tuesday. It also recommended that state and local medical societies and local VA offices create registries of doctors willing to provide immediate veteran care....

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One Nation, One EHR –The Direct Project

CureMD | CureMD EMR Blog | January 8, 2013

The essence of Health Information Exchange (HIE) lies in easily accessible health information to improve the quality of care delivered by the healthcare community. Complicated formats intrinsic to many EHR systems are generally counterproductive to this basic nature of HIEs and can prove to be a hindrance against delivering quality care. So the natural question arises... Read More »

Panelists Suggest Delaying Stage 2 By One Year

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | July 24, 2013

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) began the Senate Finance committee hearing on health IT with a Thomas Edison quote: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” Read More »

Penn Medicine Study Sheds Light on Why Low-Income Patients Prefer Hospital Care to a Doctor's Office

Press Release | PennMedicine | July 8, 2013

Health Reform Initiatives Need to Improve Perceived Quality, Cost and Accessibility of Primary Care to Reduce Low Value Care Read More »

Progress In Health Care Is Still 'Excruciatingly Slow' Says Harvard Expert

Leah Binder | Forbes | February 20, 2014

I had the opportunity to interview one of the nation’s foremost experts on pay-for-performance and health care quality measurement, Harvard professor Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH. His entertaining and insightful blog “An Ounce of Evidence“ tops my bookmarks.  He’s known in the business community for his forceful candor on the need for much more transparency and better payment systems in health care. [...] Read More »

Providers Are Held Accountable. Why Aren't Technology Vendors?

Jordan Dolin | The Health Care Blog | July 26, 2013

As healthcare shifts from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, hospitals and physicians are increasingly being held accountable for outcomes by the government, payers and patients... Read More »