Health IT Pulse:

January, 2013


January 15, 2013  12:03 PM

AHA letter calls for change in physicians’ EHR incentive eligibility

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR incentive, meaningful use incentives, medicare EHR incentive program

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is requesting  changes be made to electronic health record (EHR) incentive reporting to include physicians who have been declared ineligible. The issue affects...

January 11, 2013  11:25 AM

KLAS: Outsourcing coding, transcription helps ICD-10 implementation – to a point

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CAC, ICD-10, ICD-10 implementation, KLAS, transcription

In a report released earlier this week, research firm KLAS examines the connect – or disconnect – between provider health information management (HIM) departments and third-party billing and coding vendor performance. Ultimately, it concludes HIM departments are gearing up to invest in...


January 10, 2013  5:00 PM

New study explains why EHR cost savings don’t happen

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
EHR, EHR usability, health care costs, Interoperability, Meaningful use

Electronic health records deliver disappointing returns on investment, according to a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. The reasons why the technology has failed to make a meaningful impact on health care costs...


January 9, 2013  3:06 PM

CMS issues EHR incentive program guidance for specialists, PCPs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 2

Kicking off the new calendar year that will usher in meaningful use stage 2 for early adopters, CMS has offered clarifications on how to comply with some of the criteria that gets eligible providers (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) paid their


January 8, 2013  11:04 AM

North Idaho data breach fine makes history

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
Data breach, health care data breach, hhs, medicaid, patient data security

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the first settlement involving a data breach affecting fewer than 500 patients has been paid by Hospice of North Idaho. The breach, which occurred in June 2010, was a...


January 3, 2013  5:09 PM

Study: Medical coding, billing problems not related to EHRs

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
clinical coding, EHR, Meaningful use, OIG, upcoding

For those of you following the medical coding flap – and how some forces inside and outside of health care are suggesting that EHRs might be to blame for rising health care costs thanks to the ease of upcoding procedures -- there is new information to add to the debate.


January 2, 2013  5:49 PM

ONC EHR safety plan in the works; public comment sought

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AHRQ, EHR implementation, EHR safety, ONC, ONC-ACTB

Just before the U.S. health care system went on skeleton crews for the long holiday, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT dropped a little policy package under the tree that might seem like an innocent little 39-page PDF, but it could have much larger ramifications for CIOs and the...


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