Medicare ACOs Improving Care Coordination With Health IT, But Still Have Work To Do

Healthcare IT Today

A recent study by the HHS Office of Inspector General suggests that Medicare ACOs coordinate care more effectively when they have the right health IT tools in place, particularly when ACO members share one EHR platform and have access to a robust HIE.

CMS To Run Pilot Giving Providers Access To Medicare Claims Data

Healthcare IT Today

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MIPS Audits: Lessons Learned from Meaningful Use

Healthcare IT Today

The following is a guest blog post by Jim Tate, Founder of EMR Advocate & MIPS Consulting. Just as the Meaningful Use (MU) EHR Incentive program brought potential audits to providers, so it will be with the MIPS program.

Health Insurer Growth Plans Held Back By Tech And Infrastructure Limitations

Healthcare IT Today

Health plans are eager to grow their Medicare business but may not be able to meet their goals unless they build out their tech and administrative infrastructure further, according to results from a survey backed by health plan technology vendor HealthEdge.

MU Study Suggests That A Health IT Divide May Be Emerging Among Physicians

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Medicare Reimbursement for Remote Monitoring Should Drive Adoption (What a long, strange trip it’s been….)

The cHealth Blog

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule about two weeks ago and there is at least one nugget in there that should speed the adoption of remote patient monitoring. Workflow/EMR integration.

Is It Time For The Federal Government To Create A National HIE?

Healthcare IT Today

Earlier this year, ONC and CMS issued new draft guidelines requiring that all insurers and providers serving the Medicare population make their data available electronically by 2020.

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Five Ways a Good Digital Health Registry Addresses Healthcare System Needs

The Digital Health Corner

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The Top Telehealth Terms to Know

American Well

Our scheduling APIs allow EMR scheduling systems to synchronize scheduled visits with American Well, with the option to trigger emails to patient and physicians. American Well allows physicians to seamlessly and safely access EMRs for better patient care.

New Bipartisan Legislation Promotes Telemedicine

American Well

4442 in the House) would greatly expand providers’ ability to leverage innovative telehealth healthcare technologies to increase access to healthcare for Medicare enrollees—and be appropriately paid for doing so. Removing Medicare Barriers to Telemedicine. By Kofi Jones.

HIStalk Interviews Gabriel Orthous, CIO, Central Georgia Health Network

HIStalk Interviews

You have one view of the world through your EMR, whether it’s Epic or Cerner or any type of hospital-based system. But when you get out into the community, you see more of a diversity of EMRs. One is the clinical focus, the EMR perspective of workflow and patient-centered focused around clinical things that have to occur. But unfortunately, we’re not there yet with all of these EMRs. I’m not talking about one EMR or another.

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Extending Care Series: 3 Key Considerations for Telehealth Adoption


That being said, recent US legislation expanding reimbursement from Medicare, Medicaid, and private payers has provided a significant incentive to make the leap from traditional in-person care to virtual services.

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2019: Healthcare IT gains new ground

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

Many want to target drug costs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has mandated hospitals to post a list of their standard charges by diagnostic-related group, in an effort for consumers to have transparent cost options.

HIStalk Interviews Ashish Shah, CEO, Prepared Health

HIStalk Interviews

I spent 10 years working on data interoperability in healthcare and God bless everyone who is trying to push all that stuff forward, but I think we have skipped over the fact that a number of these types of things will never happen through an EMR. People don’t talk through EMRs. They don’t manage interventions in real time through EMRs. Ashish Shah is co-founder and CEO of Prepared Health of Chicago, IL. Tell me about yourself and the company.

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HIStalk Interviews Luis Castillo, CEO, Ensocare

HIStalk Interviews

The big EMR push, Meaningful Use, and even ICD-10 took people’s attention away from the post-acute care side. With some of the Medicare Advantage plans, people who are taking on risk can manage and direct patients to places if it’s their own population. Luis Castillo is president and CEO of Ensocare of Omaha, NE. Tell me about yourself and the company. Ensocare is a care coordination platform that helps move patients to the right level of care along the care continuum.

Weekender 5/18/18

HIStalk Weekender

My first inclination is to at least publish the Medicare price. The photo above is of his patients’ medical records that were stored in “an unsecured and dilapidated barn” where he tried to hide them from Medicare. Weekly News Recap.

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Weekender 8/10/18

HIStalk Weekender

CMS releases a draft rule that would overhaul the Medicare Share Savings Program. However once you hit “whole organization” level systems, as you do with an organization-wide EMR/EHR, putting a bit of distance between you and the primary vendor becomes important. Weekly News Recap.