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October 18, 2016
The MACRA final rule eases ways for doctors to measure patient care data for Medicare reimbursement; meanwhile, ONC focused its authority on patient safety in health IT systems.
September 19, 2016
Vindell Washington, M.D., the new national coordinator for health information technology, hits back at a survey citing widespread physician dissatisfaction with EHRs.
August 12, 2016
In the waning days of the administration, ONC national coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D., leaves ONC to focus full time on her other post as acting assistant HHS secretary for health.
June 23, 2016
ONC senior policy adviser explains in this HIT Squad podcast the rationale for and benefits of new certified EHR transparency requirements and how they will be enforced.
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is U.S. healthcare legislation that provides a new framework for reimbursing clinicians who successfully demonstrate value over volume. Continue Reading
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While the government has essentially required APIs, many health IT vendors are looking at them as a key to easier health data interoperability. Continue Reading
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A McKesson Corporation analytics expert talks about the challenges facing small physician practices during the transition to MACRA and value-based healthcare. Continue Reading
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The shift from volume- to value-based reimbursement in healthcare promises to put more emphasis on positive medical outcomes, population health expert says. Continue Reading
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Experts say automation needs are minimal, but verifying employee communications and tracking eligibility under ACA raise compliance, auditing issues. Continue Reading
Internal testing, employee education and training are three of the most important actions providers should take ahead of the ICD-10 deadline. Continue Reading
After a one-year delay, the real, actual ICD-10 transformation deadline is here. Where are organizations in this process? Has the delay helped, or are providers still scrambling to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10? This edition of Pulse takes ... Continue Reading
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Individuals that support the mission of President Barack Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative can now take action by accessing their health data and sending it to precision medicine researchers. ... Continue Reading
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This issue of SearchHealthIT's Pulse e-zine looks at the upcoming ICD-10 deadline, with a focus on the final prep work before the Oct. 1 transition. Continue Reading