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.

How Does Health IT Enable Accountable Care? – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

This week’s chat will be hosted by Travis Broome (@Travis_Broome) on the topic “How Does Health IT Enable Accountable Care?” ” Half of Medicare beneficiaries who could be in an ACO are now in an ACO. […].

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Expansion of Medicare Coverage and Payment for Telehealth Visits During COVID-19

Healthcare IT Today

CMS has announced the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth and telemedicine visits.

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

Healthcare IT Today

Now, research has emerged to suggest that not only did MU create HIT winners and losers, it might also have helped to foster long-term differences between […].

OIG: Medicare ACOs have yet to realize full potential of health IT

FierceHealthIT

Medicare accountable care organizations aren't using electronic health records to their potential, a new report shows.

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 […]. Illegal copying is prohibited.

Tweets at Lunch with Paul Krugman – Health IT Meets Economics

Health Populi

It tickles me to look at Rise Global’s list of the Top 100 Influential Economists : since the advent of this social media influencer list was first published, Krugman has always been #1; I have hovered between the high 30s to the mid-50s (this week I’m #45).

Health IT groups happy with the omnibus

Morning eHealth

Verma previews Medicare agenda — Calls for MACRA reform fall on deaf ears

CMS To Run Pilot Giving Providers Access To Medicare Claims Data

Healthcare IT Today

In another step in fleshing out its interoperability efforts, CMS has announced plans to launch a pilot program giving clinicians access to claims data. Ambulatory Analytics/Big Data Clinical EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT IT Blue Button 2.0

Solving the Challenge of High-volume Health Plan Chart Requests

Healthcare IT Today

Every year, healthcare providers receive thousands of health plan chart requests. From Medicare Risk Adjustment (MRA) requests to HEDIS requests, Affordable Care Act (ACA) records retrieval, RADV, DRG Audit, CIP and QIP: the alphabet soup of chart request types […].

Congress talking health IT cash — Teladoc offers a trend to watch — Medicare struggles to incorporate gene tests for drug metabolism

Morning eHealth

Congress talking health IT cash

CMS Issues Guidance to States on Using Health IT to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Healthcare Informatics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued guidance to state Medicaid programs emphasizing the role of health IT in addressing the opioid crisis and highlighting funding sources for telemedicine and prescription drug monitoring programs

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.

Medicare and Medicaid Allows Doctors to Practice Across State Lines

Healthcare IT Today

One of the biggest health IT related news items to come out was the announcement by Vice President Mike Pence that HHS was issuing a regulation to permit doctors to practice across state lines.

Health IT, mental health groups back bill to eliminate telehealth restrictions for opioid treatment

FierceHealthIT

Health IT and behavioral health groups are backing Senate legislation that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive opioid addiction treatment via telehealth. The groups told lawmakers current restrictions “significantly limit the number of telebehavioral health visits available in Medicare

Why It's Time to Embrace Telemedicine

eVisit

For starters, it’s not new! What’s this new thing called Telemedicine? 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.

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients

CMS.gov

CMS Doubling Down on Health IT; Patients. Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. GDP, making it more difficult with each passing year for CMS to ensure healthcare to not only its beneficiaries of today, but generations of beneficiaries in the future. It is the system that has become the centerpiece of policy debates, and it is the system that has become more about sustaining itself than serving patients.

Venrock report: Health tech players see Apple Watch as a clinical tool, 'Medicare-for-all' as opportunity for growth

Mobi Health News

Healthcare professionals believing that the Apple Watch is going to be a clinically useful tool edged out those seeing it as a consumer fad — but just barely in the new 2019 Venrock Healthcare Prognosis report. The report, conducted by the venture capital firm Venrock, surveyed 250 industry players, including health IT startups, large employers, insurance companies, healthcare providers, academics, the government, investors and professional service providers.

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. The policy’s acronym fully spelled-out was the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009.

HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ from HHS

Healthcare IT Today

We wrote previously about HIPAA enforcement being suspended for telehealth during COVID-19 and more details on how to implement it. Plus, we shared the expansion of Medicare coverage and payment for telehealth. However, there were still many questions. The good news is that HHS released a HIPAA and Telehealth FAQ that addresses some of those […].

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Health IT Roundup—HHS CIO reassigned; DOJ zeroes in on Anthem’s retrospective chart reviews

FierceHealthIT

HHS CIO Beth Killoran is being reassigned to another HHS agency; Anthem is under fire from the Justice Department to turn over information regarding Medicare Advantage chart reviews; and Amazon just added a cardiologist to its ranks

Health IT roundup—Remote monitoring company settles with DOJ for $550K; EHR rebrand ‘misses the point’

FierceHealthIT

A Pennsylvania company that provides real-time intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring during surgical procedures agreed to pay $550,000 to settle allegations it billed Medicare even when a physician wasn't monitoring live data streams. Meanwhile, UCSF directors say EHRs should be "connected" rather than "comprehensive

MACRA: Medicare’s Opportunity to Finally Embrace Connected Health Technology

ConnectedHealth

The nation’s healthcare system is in the middle of a major transition – one that, if done well, will have an incredible impact on the lives of millions Americans who rely on Medicare. The $900 billion federal program provides health insurance for Americans over 65 and others who suffer from certain conditions and diseases. For a long time, Medicare has had a reputation for being bureaucratic, lethargic, wasteful, and outdated.

MACRA: The Yardstick for Quality that Health Systems Need

Mobile Health Matters

In addition, with the recent implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), the rules surrounding healthcare reimbursement are being rewritten, incentivizing healthcare providers to prioritize the quality of patient visits over the quantity.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. He’s the co-author of O’Reilly’s first health IT book, Hacking Healthcare, and the 2015 recipient of the Healthcare Data Liberator of the Year award. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

The Consumer and the Payor, Bingo and Trust: My Day At Medecision Liberator Bootcamp

Health Populi

To succeed in the business of health information technology (HIT), a company has to be very clear on the problems it’s trying to address. Earlier this week, I spent a day with Medecision’s digital health team, aka ‘the Liberators.’ Health insurance plans?

Healthcare leaders urge CMS, ONC to incentivize telehealth adoption as part of the 'new normal'

FierceHealthIT

Hospitals and health systems across the country are seeing huge increases in virtual medical visits, and it's expected that this trend will only continue in a post-pandemic world.

The NCQA Welcomes 2 Important Vendors to the eMeasure Certification Program

BHM Healthcare Solutions

According to the NCQA press release, this means Health Plans will now be able to obtain certified data from these two health IT vendors. A measure is NCQA-certified when it passes certification. The NCQA announced on November 24th that CECity.com, Inc.

Podcast: Telehealth for Parkinson’s care

Meaningful HIT News

In fact, Health Data Management just published a story I wrote about, in part, the launch of the Alliance for Connected Care. This group, headed by three former senators and including CVS Caremark, Walgreens, Verizon Communications, WellPoint, Welch Allyn, Cardinal Health and telehealth companies HealthSpot, Teladoc, Doctor on Demand, MDLive and GE-Intel Care Innovations, is advocating for regulatory changes to expand remote care.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. He’s the co-author of O’Reilly’s first health IT book, Hacking Healthcare, and the 2015 recipient of the Healthcare Data Liberator of the Year award. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. He’s the co-author of O’Reilly’s first health IT book, Hacking Healthcare, and the 2015 recipient of the Healthcare Data Liberator of the Year award. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Fred Trotter on Data Journalism and Cybersecurity — Harlow on Healthcare

Health Blawg

Fred is a health care IT veteran, founder of CareSet Systems and the DocGraph Journal and an alum of multiple successful technical startups. He’s the co-author of O’Reilly’s first health IT book, Hacking Healthcare, and the 2015 recipient of the Healthcare Data Liberator of the Year award. News, NPR, Government Health IT, and Modern Healthcare. We also spoke about the cybersecurity task force and its work last year.

Extending Care Series: 3 Key Considerations for Telehealth Adoption

CiscoHealth

While reimbursement has improved dramatically over the past 3 years, gaps in coverage have traditionally presented a substantial financial hurdle for most health systems. Healthcare Cisco Healthcare extended care Health IT healthcare telehealth telemedicine

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Costs, Consumerism, Cyber and Care, Everywhere – The 2019 Health Populi TrendCast

Health Populi

The tea leaves have been brewing here at THINK-Health as we prepared our 2019 forecast at the convergence of consumers, health, and technology. More people became aware of that wonky term, taking it to heart and to the polls in 2018. Today is Boxing Day and St.

Connected Care is Better Care

Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

Robert Pearl, CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, speaks at Health Affairs briefing on Feb. Photo courtesy Health Affairs). Connected care” is gaining more momentum in the health care industry.

Mission Revamp Healthcare 2019: Top Policies This year to Re-Imagine Healthcare

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. Considering only since the beginning of 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies, such as the Office of National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) and the Department of Health and […]. Illegal copying is prohibited. By Abhinav Shashank, CEO, Innovaccer. One of the greatest challenges in healthcare is keeping up with the changing landscape.

Just Associates To CMS/ONC: A “Technology Alone” Solution Can’t Resolve the Patient Matching Issues Impacting Interoperability

Electronic Health Reporter

This article is copyrighted strictly for Electronic Health Reporter. shared with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) […]. Illegal copying is prohibited. Any patient matching improvement strategy must look beyond technology and emphasize the people and processes that play a critical, yet often overlooked, role in ensuring data integrity. That was the message Just Associates, Inc.,

Shulkin has GOP Senator’s support

Morning eHealth

Biden attacks Trump administration’s health IT policy — Medicare head to testify on value-based care