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Cerner Leidos and Accenture Win DoD EHR Project –  $4.3 Billion

Cerner Leidos and Accenture Win DoD EHR Project – $4.3 Billion

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. All the news at the end of the day (7/29) was around Cerner (and their major partners Leidos, Accenture) winning the DoD EHR project. We’d been told the decision would come by the end of the month and you knew a decision was close once the major news organizations started writing about what a waste the DoD EHR project will be before they’d even named the winner. That’s called priming the […]

August 3, 2015 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

August 2, 2015 | By More
Patient Driven Staffing Levels

Patient Driven Staffing Levels

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author,Barry Chaiken is the chief medical information officer of Infor. With more than 20 years of experience in medical research, epidemiology, clinical information technology, and patient safety, Chaiken is board certified in general preventive medicine and public health and is a Fellow, former Board member, and Chair of HIMSS. For more than […]

July 27, 2015 | By More
The 5 R’s of HIPAA: Reuse, Renew, Recycle, but Remember the Requirements!

The 5 R’s of HIPAA: Reuse, Renew, Recycle, but Remember the Requirements!

The HIPAA conversation around Protected Health Information (PHI) is often focused on electronic records. But the transition to EHR’s has created a unique problem relating to the destruction of the paper records that preceded them. In our current era of recycling, it is unique to hear of a push for paper disposal. However, in the case of a patient’s medical records, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires it. Recycling is permitted, but if a step is missed and a site neglects to completely destroy the documents, that […]

July 20, 2015 | By More
Providers Still Have Hopes for HIEs

Providers Still Have Hopes for HIEs

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. Guest author Anne Zieger, veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare. Sometimes, interoperability alone doesn’t cut it.  Increasingly, providers are expecting HIEs to go beyond linking up different organizations to delivering “actionable” data, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago. The intriguing follow-on to the researchers’ conclusions is that […]

July 13, 2015 | By More
Safe Harbor is the New ICD-10 Delay

Safe Harbor is the New ICD-10 Delay

Despite many prayers and tears, it looks increasingly likely that there will be no ICD-10 delay this year. After two years’ worth of previous delays, ICD-10 is set to proceed on October 1, 2015, because the SGR Fix passed without another ICD-10 delay. That fix tied future reimbursement to quality-reporting, consolidating MU, PQRS, and the VBM into one program called MIPS. (If you don’t know those acronyms, get thee to a 4Medapproved class.) However, there are several ICD-10 bills circulating in Congress. There does not seem to be much enthusiasm […]

July 6, 2015 | By More
Setting Clinical IT Priorities

Setting Clinical IT Priorities

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician.  In my previous writing, I’ve suggested that the federal […]

June 29, 2015 | By More
Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

Incorporating More Social and Behavioral Data Into an EHR

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. You all have seen the stats about how our social and behavioral data is a much bigger predictor of our health and wellness than the 15 minutes of data that’s collected during a doctors visit. When people talk about the out of control costs of US healthcare, they often point to these stats and talk about how we have to focus on factors outside of our current healthcare system […]

June 22, 2015 | By More
Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

Informatics is Important When Information Is Important

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author, William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, OHSU. Many of us in the informatics field, myself included, sometimes believe that the value proposition of informatics is so intuitively obvious that we do not need to explain it to the rest of the world. API-based interoperability? Secondary use of clinical data? Standardized terminology? […]

June 15, 2015 | By More