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Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an email to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

CIO confidence takes 'meaningful' dive
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The number of CIOs who expect their hospitals to qualify early for stimulus funding connected to meaningful use of electronic health records has dropped by half, according to a survey by the College of Health Information Management Executives. More than half of the CIOs surveyed identified the implementation of computerized provider order entry as a key challenge. They said their biggest concern was getting clinical staff to use CPOE. More

Meaningful use: No physician left behind
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Changes in meaningful use implementation for 2011 reduce the minimum standards for adoption, provide more latitude, and allow for a more orderly and incremental approach to implementation. But health systems should be warned: the 2013 and 2015 requirements will incorporate most of the reductions gained in the short term, and failure to get assessment and implementation strategies underway to deliver meaningful use by 2015 will mean penalties in the form of reduced Medicare and Medicaid payments. More

EHR meaningful use for Stage 2 open to electronic record user recommendations
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EHR vendors and electronic records users have an opportunity to shape the Stage 2 guidelines and criteria for meaningful use by submitting their comments to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) between now and Feb. 25. Comments should be based on the preliminary set of HITPC recommendations for meaningful use criteria that is available on their website. Meeting the definitions and requirements for meaningful use of EHRs will determine healthcare providers' eligibility for reimbursement incentives and certification of the Stage 2 implementation of electronic records adoption, which will take place in 2013 and 2014. More

Health data exchange still a challenge, Blumenthal says
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is heavily involved in ongoing work with vendors and standards organizations to enable the exchange of health information, something that remains a challenge, according to Dr. David Blumenthal, the national health IT coordinator. More

2011 Legislative Day
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Sponsored by AAHAM, this event brings you face-to-face with the decision-makers in Washington who will determine the outcome of our industry's top legislative priorities. With Legislative Day 2011 right around the corner, March 30-31, AAHAM is excited to present you with a jam-packed agenda for this year's trip to the Hill. This year, Legislative Day will be held at the Liaison on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C. The deadline to register and to reserve your room at our special discounted AAHAM rate of $259 is March 4. If you have any questions, please contact the AAHAM national office. You may download a registration form and register online at More

Survey: Docs skeptical of EHRs, hate reform
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A recent survey of nearly 3,000 physicians shows high levels of displeasure with the Affordable Care Act — and a lot of them don't like electronic health records either. One big reason for skepticism is that Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement continues to fall, and Medicaid will cover many of the 32 million uninsured individuals targeted to be insured under the law. More

Federation of American Hospitals says PCAST report not good policy
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The Federation of American Hospitals has sent a letter to National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal warning that the federal push to adopt electronic health record systems could have negative ramifications for hospitals. According to FAH, the report's recommendations would represent a major policy shift that could have the "potential to set the nation's healthcare system back." More

Hewlett Packard to build Texas Medicaid HIE
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Hewlett Packard will provide the technology for a health information exchange and e-prescribing network for Texas' Medicaid providers under a $30 million, 52-month contract with the state. The standalone, Web-based HP platform, which will be rolled out this summer, will give providers access to claims, demographic, immunization and prescription data on their Medicaid patients. Unlike most other state HIEs, it will not be used to link together disparate EMRs. The state government's primary goal is to prepare providers for the big influx of new Medicaid patients expected under healthcare reform in 2014. More

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CCHIT opens customized EHR certification program for hospitals
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The Certification Commission has announced the launch of its new electronic health record certification program for hospitals. The EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals (EACH) is an ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program for installed hospital EHR technology that has been tested in a pilot program with hospitals in Boston, New York City and Pasadena, Calif. More

AHRQ to study EHR adoption barriers
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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve its survey project, "Barriers to Meaningful Use in Medicaid." The Federal Register notice states that, "The purpose of these focus groups is to gather information about adoption issues (factors in the decision to adopt an EHR), implementation issues (organizational or environmental factors that facilitate EHR implementation and training), upgrade issues (challenges to transitioning to certified EHRs), and challenges to achieving meaningful use of EHRs as defined for Stage 1 in the final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. More

Accenture to help ONC with data exchange
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Consulting and services firm Accenture will help the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology identify standards and specifications to facilitate the exchange of health data under a two-year contract. Accenture will work with ONC to develop and manage "uses cases," or business scenarios, to provide information for development of information systems requirements and specifications for interoperability. More
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