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Digital Pathology Blog: Meaningful Use Update: CMS Officials Clarify How Pathologists Can Qualify for Incentives

Digital Pathology Blog: Meaningful Use Update: CMS Officials Clarify How Pathologists Can Qualify for Incentives | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
Through recent discussions with the College of American Pathologists, CMS officials have clarified that by relying on data entered by others into the ambulatory certified electronic health record (EHR), pathologists may qualify for incentives under...
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More Than Just Incentives: Using Your Meaningful Use Data To Improve Outcomes & Increase Efficiencies

More Than Just Incentives: Using Your Meaningful Use Data To Improve Outcomes & Increase Efficiencies | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Sweeping changes in the healthcare community are driving organizations from data capture to interoperability. In addition, the national focus has shifted to improving outcomes! Join ...
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Engage Patients through Medication Education - HITECH Answers

Engage Patients through Medication Education - HITECH Answers | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
When patients have a better experience with their medication, they are safer, have better outcomes, and satisfaction scores go up. It's a win-win.
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#nepalearthquake: many patients, need more doctors nurses : When patients have a better experience with their medication, they are safer, have better outcomes, and satisfaction scores go up. It's a win-win. @deerwalkinc #teamgenomics

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MedVirginia CEO: For Physician Community, HIE Must Become a Standard of Care - Healthcare Informatics

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Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy.
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New York Ready to Onboard RHIOs Statewide

New York Ready to Onboard RHIOs Statewide | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
The organizations responsible for New York s statewide health information exchange network, known as the SHIN-NY, are losing no time leveraging the $45 million they received in funding in the state s 2015-16 budget.
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Majority Of Smartphone Owners Look Up Health Info | health IT caucus

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Majority Of #Smartphone Owners Look Up #Health #Info #healthit http://t.co/ePJTx9yjqX
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CITVoice: How Electronic Health Records Will Be More Helpful To Doctors -- And Patients

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Twenty years ago, if patients wanted to read their own medical records, they likely had to sue their healthcare provider for access.
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Parsing Patient Engagement: Better Compliance Or Better Decisions?

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"Better compliance" and "better patient decisions" can certainly co-exist in health IT, but there's also an implicit tension: What happens if the shared decision making bucks what the doctor thinks best?
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Wearables could make healthcare predictive, not reactive (Wired UK)

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A small, sensor-packed wristband could help detect cardiovascular disease before it becomes a major health issue
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FDA to award $1M EHR mining grant for drug-safety surveillance

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The Food and Drug Administration is making as much as $1 million in grant funding available for mining a large database of electronic health records to conduct postmarket surveillance of...
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US Director of Consumer eHealth to Speak at Duke April 30 - Duke Today

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The federal government's efforts to expand access to digital health innovations is the subject of a talk Thursday, April 30, at Duke University Medical Center.Lana Moriarty, director of Consumer
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Extra sign-up session for NY State of Health exchange ends soon - Buffalo News

Extra sign-up session for NY State of Health exchange ends soon - Buffalo News | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
People who paid a penalty with their 2014 federal taxes because they lacked health insurance have until next Thursday to enroll in coverage through the NY State of Health exchange to avoid a larger penalty for 2015.The special enrollment period for...
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Meaningful Use Stage 3: 8 Key Questions for Physicians

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This article addresses the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 criteria and answers common questions about how this new stage could affect physician practices.
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CMS Announces $284 Million Saved in Pioneer ACO Program After Two Years

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After two years in existence, the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program has saved the Medicare program $384 million in total, or $300 per Medicare beneficiary per year. Participating providers saved Medicare $279.7 million in 2012 and $104.5 million in 2013. That amount of savings was announced on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and came via an independent evaluation report released May 4 by HHS. What’s more, as the announcement noted, the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified that the Pioneer ACO program is model “is the first to meet expansion to a larger population of Medicare beneficiaries.”

 

According to the announcement, “The independent evaluation report for CMS found that the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model generated over $384 million in savings to Medicare over its first two years – an average of approximately $300 per participating beneficiary per year – while continuing to deliver high-quality patient care. The Actuary’s certification that expansion of Pioneer ACOs would reduce net Medicare spending, coupled with Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s determination that expansion would maintain or improve patient care without limiting coverage or benefits, means that HHS will consider ways to scale the Pioneer ACO Model into other Medicare programs.”

 

Reacting to the development, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell was quoted in the online announcement as saying, “This is a crucial milestone in our efforts to build a health care system that delivers better care, spends our health care dollars more wisely, and results in healthier people. The Affordable Care Act gave us powerful new tools to test better ways to improve patient care and keep communities healthier. The Pioneer ACO Model has demonstrated that patients can get high quality and coordinated care at the right time, and we can generate savings for Medicare and the health care system at large.”

The Pioneer ACO Model, one of the first payment models launched by CMS, gives experienced health care organizations accountability for quality and cost outcomes for their Medicare patients. Doctors and hospitals who form Pioneer ACOs can share in savings generated for Medicare if they work to coordinate patient care, keep patients healthy and meet certain quality performance standards, or they may be required to pay a share of any losses generated.

 

Currently, more than 600,000 Medicare beneficiaries are assigned to Pioneer ACO organizations.

 

The announcement touted the fact that Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Pioneer ACOs, on average, “report more timely care and better communication with their providers; use inpatient hospital services less and have fewer tests and procedures;  have more follow-up visits from their providers after hospital discharge.” The announcement also noted that the Pioneer ACO program’s evolution harmonizes with broader federal efforts, including with Secretary Burwell’s goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality and value through alternative payment models by 2016 and 50 percent to such models by 2018.

Reacting to Monday’s news, the Charlotte-based Premier Inc. released a statement, attributed to Blair Childs, senior vice president for public policy for the nationwide health alliance. “Today’s announcement proves that innovative care delivery models such as the Pioneer ACO  program are effective at generating cost savings, while simultaneously improving quality and beneficiary satisfaction with care,” Childs said. “For more than a decade, members of the Premier alliance have been national leaders implementing payment and delivery reforms that improve quality while safely reducing costs.”

 

Still, Premier’s Childs said in the statement that, “While we support the desire to expand the Pioneer ACO program through track 3, as described in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) proposed rule, we believe important changes need to be made, including:

Strengthen the assignment process by allowing Medicare beneficiaries to attest to participation in ACOs;Establish a more appropriate balance between risk and reward, including higher shared savings for high-quality providers and a period where risk can be phased in over time;Modify the current benchmark methodology to mitigate the impact on ACOs that lower expenses and achieve savings, and to allow ACOs to decide how to best account for regional and local cost trends;Employ a risk-adjustment methodology that truly takes into account  an individual beneficiary’s acuity;Adopt payment waivers to eliminate barriers to care coordination; and Provide more comprehensive and timelier data on ACOs’ patients.”

 


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CHI St. Luke's Health joins Greater Houston Healthconnect - Houston Business Journal

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The Greater Houston Healthconnect has added CHI St. Luke's to its information exchange.
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MedVirginia CEO: HIE must be the rule, not the exception for docs - FierceHealthIT

MedVirginia CEO: HIE must be the rule, not the exception for docs - FierceHealthIT | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
Data exchange must become the norm for doing business in healthcare, according to Michael Matthews, CEO of MedVirginia, a regional health information exchange in central and eastern Virginia.
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HIE Access Reduced 30-Day Hospital Readmissions - AJMC.com Managed Markets Network

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HIE Access Reduced 30-Day Hospital Readmissions AJMC.com Managed Markets Network Despite potential benefits of health information exchange (HIE), reports on the effectiveness of these systems for reducing hospital admissions and readmissions have...
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Mobile Healthcare Market Expected to Grow 47 Percent by 2020

Mobile Healthcare Market Expected to Grow 47 Percent by 2020 | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
The mobile healthcare market is expected to continue growing over the coming years.
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State of New York - Healthcare Transformation - IBM Curam - YouTube

Dr. Lyn Hohmann describes how the State of New York is transforming their Medicaid health system including health homes
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Meaningful Use Definition and Meaningful Use Objectives of EHRs | Providers & Professionals | HealthIT.gov

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Are you asking "What is Meaningful Use?" Find out more about the meaningful use definition and objectives for users in their transition to health IT.
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Expansion to create 400 local jobs - Albany Times Union

Expansion to create 400 local jobs - Albany Times Union | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
Albany Maximus, a Reston, Va.-based company hired to operate the New York state health insurance exchange, is planning to expand into the Citizens Bank training center on Broadway in north Albany.
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Your Health Data | Patients & Families | HealthIT.gov

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RT ONC_HealthIT: Learn more about #bluebutton and get access to your data! http://t.co/Je7O8cUwhE
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Biography - Dr. Suzanne Lentzsch ★ Everything for Health

Everything for Health Everything for Health Suzanne Lentzsch ,MD Department of Medicine, Columbia University New York, NY, USA Lenalidomide and ...
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ONC offers HIE grants

ONC offers HIE grants | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
The federal government is offering a small but valuable round of grants for community health information exchange.
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Kansas HIE Pilots Image Sharing

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Ten Meaningful Use Tips for Physicians in Stage 2 | Physicians Practice

Ten Meaningful Use Tips for Physicians in Stage 2 | Physicians Practice | Electronic Health Information Exchange | Scoop.it
Consultants and health IT experts share their top advice for physicians participating in the EHR incentive program.
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