HHS Proposes New Rules to Improve the Interoperability of Electronic Health Information

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This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today proposed new rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange and use of electronic health information.

Statements from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Interoperability Flexibilities amid the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced a policy of enforcement discretion […]. Editorial CMS Administrator COVID-19 Don Rucker healthcare interoperability delay interoperability delay National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Seema Verma

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Key Takeaways From CMS/ONC Officials Regarding New Interoperability Proposed Rule

Electronic Health Reporter

This content is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Editorial 21st Century CURES Act Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Don Rucker Eric D. Hargan information blocking interoperability patient health information Seema Verma

Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine


What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? For starters, it’s not new! I t’s more than 40 years old and was developed as a way to use improvements in communication technology to bring quality medical diagnoses and care to individuals in remote parts of the world.

AHIMA and AHCA Partner To Train Skilled Nursing Facilities In Coding Ahead of Upcoming Reimbursement Overhaul

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare […]. Editorial American Health Information Management Association ICD-10-CM Patient Driven Payment Model

More Provider Relief Funds On the Way: Beware Updated Terms and Conditions

Health Law Blog | Telehealth

The initial $30 billion was allocated based on the providers’ 2019 Medicare fee for services payments. The next $20 billion will also reach providers who receive only a small amount of Medicare revenue, e.g., children’s hospitals. Providers without adequate cost report data on file must submit their revenue information through a portal at [link] beginning next week. An additional $10 billion will go to hospitals in rural areas and rural health clinics (“RHCs”).

Telemedicine vs. In-Person Visits: Which is Higher Quality?


Patients suffer longer and pay more when doctors miss key medical information and provide an incorrect diagnosis. Given that some new Medicare rules for reimbursement mandate a visit minimum of 20 minutes, it’s clear that telemedicine can help many patients enjoy increased attention.

How The Rapid Shift To Telehealth Leaves Many Community Health Centers Behind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Henry Kotula

Preparedness Of Community Health Centers For Telehealth. Despite the changes, many health centers may not be ready to implement high-quality telehealth. Health centers care for many immigrant patients with limited English proficiency. [link].

Breaking the Cycle of Financial Toxicity


Hospital stays, outpatient visits, tests and medications can all add up, even when patients have health insurance. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that of $3.5 Deductibles in job-based health plans in the U.S.

12 Ways Telehealth is Saving Small Hospitals


Improve community and population health. Avoid Medicare readmission penalties. Drexel University’s Robert Field , a law and health management professor and Wharton lecturer, observed that major hospital systems are not only growing in size, but growing more sophisticated.

7 Ways School-Based Telemedicine Helps Kids


Virtual health solutions are becoming standard in both the traditional nurse’s office and school-based health centers (SBHCs) and they’re treating a rising number of children. School-Based Health Centers and Telemedicine.

Creating a 360-Degree View of The Continuum of Care


But 21 st century healthcare operates more like a matrix, involving interactions with doctors, pharmacies, health plans, caregivers, therapists and nursing facilities – sometimes simultaneously. She lives alone and relies on her Social Security check and Medicare. Home health care.

Providing After-Hours Healthcare with Telemedicine


adults struggled to get health care at nights and on weekends without visiting the emergency room. Providers can leverage virtual health from their homes to treat these conditions during evenings and weekends. It’s Friday evening.

6 Ways to Drive Higher Medicaid Reimbursement with Telemedicine


Fortunately, there’s a solution that can benefit both provider revenue and population health: telemedicine. Medicaid is the largest payer for mental health services in the United States. Health Information Technology Patient Engagement Reimbursement Resource Management Virtual Care

CMS At AHIMA: Electronic Data Exchange Is the Future of Healthcare

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Access to data and the interoperability of health information has the power to change the face of healthcare, according to Alexandra Mugge, deputy chief health informatics officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Addressing leaders in health information management (HIM) at the AHIMA19: Health Data and Information Conference, the American Health Information […].

Blockchain in Healthcare: A Vehicle Towards Digital Health 2.0?

The Digital Health Corner

One of the most obvious benefits of blockchain resides in improving privacy of electronic health records. Herding a patient’s data from many sources into a single record has always been a lofty goal of digital health. According to an excellent whitepaper describing a case study of Medrec , a platform utilizing blockchain technology, health information interoperability is facilitated with the use of blockchain.

The The Five Biggest Areas of Opportunity for Digital Health

The Digital Health Corner

Digital health is unquestionably becoming part of healthcare lexicon and fabric. Electronic health records (EHRs) and personal fitness trackers have helped create awareness through use. The entrepreneurial enthusiasm for the healthcare space is evident by the volume of digital health incubators , medical school innovation centers, and angel investors. Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) have been woefully underfunded and have fallen short of their vision.

Privacy Issues with Patient Portals

BHM Healthcare Solutions

Editor’s Note: Payers stay informed with information security trends to protect their patients’ data. It can be difficult to effectively document sensitive health information of pediatric patients and older adults whose family members have access to their patient portals without violating the patient’s privacy, according to a viewpoint article in AAP News and Journals.

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Medicare Holds Out Promise of Health Record Access Revolution

Society for Participatory Medicine

The possible new mandates, buried in a 479-page Federal Register “Notice of Proposed Rule Making” from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), could become part of hospital “conditions of participation” in Medicare. What does “health information” mean?

Connected Health Initiative Applauds New ONC and CMS Rules on Interoperability and Information Blocking


Americans manage their lives on the smartphone via apps, and health information should be no different. CHI’s members are at the forefront of digital health innovation and will play a critical role in realizing this potential. “We Together, we advance solutions that enable providers and patients to achieve better health outcomes, reduce health costs and foster the adoption of transformative technology throughout the healthcare system

Health Home Program and Data: New Challenges for Care Plans


The Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 2703, introduced Health Home Program (HHP) for Medicaid recipients with chronic conditions. The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) oversees the Health Home Program, but each state has a health home authority that creates and manages their HHP.

Why Therapists Should Use HIPAA-Compliant Telehealth Platforms During COVID-19


Although the OCR has temporarily lifted regulations regarding HIPAA-compliance and telehealth platforms, it is still best practice to use a HIPAA secure telehealth platform to deliver mental health care to your clients.


Focus on Technology for Older Adults Sharpens in 2019

Aging in Place Technology Watch

In January, 2019, the coordinating body for Health IT (ONC) released interoperability advice, connecting people to their care , that requires representing the relationship between a patient and another person (provider, caregiver, or family member).

Wistful Thinking: The National Health Spending Forecast In a Land Without COVID-19

Health Populi

health care spending will grow to 20% of the national economy by 2028, forecasted in projections pre-published in the April 2020 issue of Health Affairs, National Health Expenditure (NHE) Projections. medical spending in Health Affairs in 2003.

Modernizing Medicare to Take Advantage of the Latest Technologies


Modernizing Medicare to Take Advantage of the Latest Technologies. Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Modernizing Medicare to Take Advantage of the Latest Technologies. Today we are announcing a revision of Medicare’s local coverage determination process, which will pave the way to expanded access to new technologies. However, while medical technology is developing at a rapid pace, Medicare’s payment systems haven’t always been as quick to change.

Health informatics and why participatory healthcare is key to its future

Society for Participatory Medicine

Prolog from Dr. Sands: I trained in clinical informatics because of my belief that we needed to better empower healthcare professionals with information technology so they could take better care of patients, and spent many years creating and implementing these tools.

Physicians and Technology: Avoiding Burnout

Advanced Medical Reviews

Another is the often time-consuming process of meeting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for quality and clinical reporting. Clinical information and documentation are all streamlined through our web interface.

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CMS announces MyHealthEData Initiative and Medicare Blue Button 2.0

Medicine and Technology

MyHealthEData aims to empower patients by ensuring that they control their healthcare data and can decide how their data is going to be used, all while keeping that information safe and secure. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – including its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH) – as well as the U.S.

How Digital Health Can Stimulate Economic Development

Health Populi

It’s National Health IT Week in the US, so I’m kicking off the week with this post focused on how digital health can bolster economic development. As the only health economist in the family of the 2018 HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors, this is a voice through which I can uniquely speak.

Data breaches raise new concerns about Australia’s e-Health record

Lloyd Price

There have been calls for another stay on the roll out of Australia’s troubled My Health Record digital patient data scheme after figures revealed an increase in the number of data breaches.

ACOs with Multiple EHRs Struggle with IT Health Care Coordination

BHM Healthcare Solutions

The report is based on an evaluation of six Medicare ACOs. OIG conducted interviews with staff and providers at the six ACOs about how they use health IT and the challenges that remain.

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Telemedicine triage kiosks reduce ER visits by 11% for ACO

Healthcare IT News - Telehealth

The Alliance for Integrated Care of New York (AICNY) oversees the healthcare needs of roughly 6,200 dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). All that information is sent from HealthEC to eClinicalWorks.

The Future of Healthcare: Telehealth. Here’s Why You Need to Consider Telemedicine in 2019

Continue Education Journal

The biggest change is evident in rural communities, where access to health services is often severely incompetent. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which will help ensure providers have the ability to set patients up with proper at-home treatment and monitoring systems.

A startup with a cause – championing the individual in navigating health care

Digital Health Today

Interview with Kash Kapadia, Founder and CEO of Anchor Health. At the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, CA, I had the pleasure of having coffee with Kash Kapadia, Founder and CEO of Anchor Health. If you add in health care taxes, it’s even more.

How far away is Healthcare from a platform-dominated Digital business model?

Lloyd Price

Over the past few years, several healthcare focused cloud-based digital platforms – or health clouds - have been announced by big tech firms such as Salesforce, Microsoft, and Google. Health insurance companies have firmly adopted consumerism as the focus of their digital efforts.

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Addressing the Most Common Concerns about Remote Health Management

care innovations

Addressing Common Concerns of Remote Health Management. Yet with greater attention comes greater scrutiny, and many observers are taking a closer look at the benefits of remote health management in an effort to really determine the true financial outcomes and overall return on investment.

Measuring Telehealth: Laying A Consistent Foundation For Growth

BHM Healthcare Solutions

BHM offers services geared toward controlling expenses and integrating the behavioral health opportunities presented by measuring telehealth. Access to information. Financial impact to health system or payer. Actionable information.

Understanding the Value of Remote Patient Monitoring

InTouch Health

Why More Hospitals and Health Systems Are Investing in RPM. Remote patient monitoring (RPM), or monitoring the health of a patient from a remote location, is changing the way providers think about healthcare. They can use live video and audio and wearable devices like heart monitors, ankle bracelets, and blood sugar monitors to monitor and record a patient’s health status from a remote location.

A new focus: How to become empowered patients

Meaningful HIT News

After years of doing this blog in fits and starts — particularly the two-year gap while I was essentially prohibited by a full-time employer from writing about health IT here or anywhere else but that company’s site — I have decided to refocus on healthcare consumers rather than industry insiders. Meaningful Use was largely successful in getting hospitals and physician practices to adopt electronic health records, which was the goal of Stage 1 (2011-13, give or take).

By 2020, 1-in-5 Healthcare organisations will adopt Blockchain says new IDC report

Lloyd Price

In essence, blockchain could help reshape healthcare interoperability by serving as a next-generation middleware that couples health data with decentralized, distributed, and immutable qualities, according to a new report by IDC Health Insights.