An innovative integrated care model that enabled seniors to transmit medical information to various providers and specialists could turn out to be a huge cost savings for Medicare. Juniper Communities managed to cut hospitalization rates in half among its residents and reduce hospital readmission rates by 80% using an upgraded EHR system.
Highlighting a lack of financial resources and qualified IT professionals, 64% of healthcare providers say they are not prepared to meet MACRA reporting requirements. Executives and IT professionals from a broad range of provider organizations expressed concern regarding data reporting mechanisms outlined in MACRA, according to a survey conducted by Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., which polled attendees at the annual HIMSS conference in Orlando.
Incorporating input from several national health IT organizations, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released updated SAFER Guides. Two key updates include new recommendations to the Test Results and Follow-Up Reporting Guide that address better communication with patients following an abnormal test result and improved training for EHR users to detect a potential ransomware attack.
Former Rep. John Fleming, R-La., has been named deputy assistant secretary for health technology at HHS—a newly created position that hints at a reorganization of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Fleming told Politico that he thought he was interviewing for the coordinator position, but also said the deputy assistant secretary post is "the same or a similar position."
The Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) is a nationwide information system and ElHR developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs throughout the U.S. to all 1200+ healthcare sites of the VHA.
Although the vast majority of hospitals and physicians provided access to EHRs in 2015, very few patients took advantage, calling into question the effectiveness of efforts led by the Department of Health and Human Services. Just 15% of hospital patients electronically accessed their medical records despite 88% of hospitals offering access, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. Nearly one-third of patients accessed EHRs offered by physician practices.
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