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The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

The Potential Impact of the SGR Resolution on HIT

Interoperability, EHR’s and compliance programs will be affected. The recent sustainable growth rate (SGR) resolution passed by the House is designed to positively affect the use of health information technology (HIT). On the upside, it will help to combine three important compliance programs: the EHR incentive program, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and the value-based payment modifier (VBM) originally part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation would also reward improvements in clinical information exchange and encourage more readily accessible access to clinical advice.  This component could encourage […]

March 30, 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 […]

March 29, 2015 | By More
The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The Future Of…The Connected Healthcare System

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner As I think about the future of a connected healthcare system, I get very excited. Although, that excitement is partially tamed by the realization that many of these connections could have been happening for a long time. A connected healthcare system is not a technological challenge, but is a major cultural challenge for healthcare. The Data Connected Healthcare System Implementation challenges aside, the future of healthcare absolutely revolves around […]

March 15, 2015 | By More
HIE = Health Information Excuses

HIE = Health Information Excuses

Interoperability failures abound, so what can be done? This morning I received a call from a family member informing me that my grandmother, who lives in a medical assisted living facility, had been rushed to the hospital. Apparently her blood pressure dropped dramatically and she was blacking out. The next bit of news did not surprise me, but as an educator in the field of Healthcare Technology it did disappoint me. My grandmother was rushed to the wrong hospital where none of her health records or care providers were present. […]

March 9, 2015 | By More
What is Your Value Based Care Strategy? What Role Does IT Play?

What is Your Value Based Care Strategy? What Role Does IT Play?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner I pretty regularly take a look at various healthcare IT whitepapers to glean insights into what’s happening in the industry and what advice vendors are offering healthcare organizations. I’ve been keeping a special eye on the changing reimbursement model and move to value based care and so I was interested in this whitepaper titled “How to Win with Value-based Care: Developing Your Practice’s EHR Strategy.” The whitepaper starts with […]

March 1, 2015 | By More
Are Legacy EHR Systems the HIPAA Ticking Time Bomb?

Are Legacy EHR Systems the HIPAA Ticking Time Bomb?

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor Healthcare IT and EHR security is a really important topic right now. Many organizations have started to spend time and resources on this problem after a series of healthcare and non-healthcare breaches. The Anthem breach being the most recent. Overall, this is a great thing for the industry since I think there’s more that could be done in every organization to shore up the privacy and security of patient health data. In […]

February 22, 2015 | By More
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Health Information Technology advances data studies but a dangerous trend in “data blindness” is blocking its benefits. A movement in the US against basic vaccinations for children is very clearly based on faulty information. Health Information Technology has created an era of better data collection and tracking in order to combat this very possibility and yet, a cacophony of internet noise and opinion alongside celebrity miscommunication has forced a retreat in vaccinations which is unprecedented and which is beginning to cause a resurgence in deadly outbreaks of viruses which had mostly […]

February 16, 2015 | By More
Welcome Windows 10!

Welcome Windows 10!

The following is a guest blog post from Choice Technologies, Health IT Blog, by Chuck Kiessling, Senior Project Engineer & Solutions Engineer First and foremost, Why Windows 10 and not 9? The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name […]

February 1, 2015 | By More
Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network,  by Mitchell Woll, Instructional Designer at  The Breakaway Group Healthcare organizations face numerous challenges in 2015: ICD-10 implementation, HIPAA compliance, new Meaningful Use objectives, and the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) interoperability road map. To adapt successfully, organizations must take advantage of numerous opportunities to prepare. Healthcare leaders must thoroughly assess, prioritize, prepare, and execute in each area: – Meaningful Use Stage 2 objectives require increased patient engagement and reporting for a full year before earning […]

January 26, 2015 | By More