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7Mar, 2015

Where Is HITECH’s $35 Billion Dollar Investment Going?

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On April 16, 2013, a group of 5 US Senators released a report called “REBOOT: Re-examining the Strategies Needed to Successfully Adopt Health IT”. This report outlined their serious concerns with the implementation of the Health Information Technology and Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Recently, these same US Senators wrote a blog on the Health Affairs website. http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2015/03/04/where-is-hitechs-35-billion-dollar-investment-going/  In this blog they specifically asked: What have the American people gotten for their $35 billion dollar investment? Two years after releasing the white paper, and six years since enactment of […]
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3Mar, 2015

CMS Extends Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals to Attest to Meaningful Use

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On February 25, 2015, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid via the Office of National Coordinator, sent out an alert that extended attestation deadline for Medicare Eligible Professional from 2014 to 11:59 ET on March 20, 2015. The alert went on to say: CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can. This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs […]
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9Feb, 2015

Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs

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Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs beginning in 2015. These intended changes are designed to reduce the reporting burden on providers, while supporting the long term goals of the program. Since the first year of the EHR Incentive Programs in 2011, the United States has seen unprecedented growth in the adoption and meaningful use of EHRs. To date, more than 400,000* eligible providers have joined the ranks of […]
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9Feb, 2015

The Numbers Are In!

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The Numbers Are In! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in mid-December 2014, that more than 257,000 doctors (Eligible Providers) will see a 1% cut in their Medicare reimbursements in 2015 for failing to adopt an electronic health record and meet the requirements of the Meaningful Use program. Further, 28,000 of those doctors face a 2% reduction in Medicare reimbursements in 2015 for failing to meet the requirements of both the meaningful use program and the electronic prescribing program, which requires physicians to use e-prescribing technology. CMS […]
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9Feb, 2015

The Unicorn of EMR- Interoperability.

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Recently, The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released, for public comment, its shared nationwide roadmap for interoperability. (See link below) This “roadmap” is designed to get everyone on the same path towards what we have always described as a ‘patient centered’ EMR. The goal is to bring both the private and public providers of medical (and wellness) care together, to create an interoperable health IT ecosystem over the next 10 years, according to ONC. We have to head towards that goal today, and 10 years is […]
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14Jan, 2015

DISRUPTING THE HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE

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DISRUPTING THE HEALTHCARE MARKETPLACE How Electronic Records Must Lead the Way In 2005 the RAND Corporation projected that widespread use of EHR by the medical service industry could save $81 billion (USD) per year.  Not a single person with experience in healthcare can say today that these projections have proven accurate.  In fact most, if not all, would say that this was a fairytale, and little or none of those benefits have been realized. Some can argue that EHRs have actually cost more because better documentation has actually increased billing […]
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13Jan, 2015

PWeR® Will Soon Provide Solutions

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The American Medical Association Weighs in on Electronic Medical Records and Meaningful Use Criteria PWeR®; Will Soon Provide Solutions For those who have been reading “The PWeR®; Perspective” this year, you have noticed that our perspective on the Future of EMR has been very consistent. We have maintained that any real solution for providers has to be easy to use; it has to be easy to install, safe and secure; it has to be delivered and supported at the lowest cost possible; and most importantly, it has to provide a […]
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