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October 12, 2017  12:33 PM

PEW urges ONC to improve safety of pediatric EHR software

Kristen Lee Kristen Lee Profile: Kristen Lee
EHR, Regulations

In a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT's National Coordinator, Don Rucker, the Pew Charitable Trusts (PEW) as well as several other healthcare organizations urged ONC...

April 28, 2015  11:28 AM

CMS: Technology can tighten link between quality measures and improvement

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AHRQ, EHR, quality measures

In publishing a final draft of its Physician Quality Reporting Programs strategic vision, CMS reiterated that it stands with the growing crowd of healthcare entities that are supporting a move away from fee-for-service payment models. The official

January 31, 2013  5:49 PM

EHRs aren’t ready for quality reporting, undermining reform efforts

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
ACO, clinical quality measures, EHR, health reform, Meaningful use, quality reporting

Currently available electronic health record systems are not capable of accurately capturing and reporting clinical quality data, according to a new comment letter from the College of Healthcare...

October 25, 2012  12:00 PM

Meaningful use regulation is on its way to becoming a partisan issue

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns
CMS, EHR incentives, hhs, Meaningful use, Regulations

Here we go again. A group of four Republican Senators recently sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking for a meeting to go over concerns they have with the meaningful use program. This...

July 27, 2012  1:57 PM

Shocking story points to potential of clinical data analytics

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
clinical data analytics, health information exchange, HIE, HIPAA, public health

Up in my neck of the New Hampshire woods, folks are up in arms - as well they should be - about a gut-wrenching story involving a nearby hospital and an employee who appears to have deliberately infected patients with hepatitis C for up to a year before he was discovered. Of course the crimes are...

September 29, 2011  12:15 PM

Share and compare: NQF launches new query tool for quality measures

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
meaningful use incentives, quality measure reporting, quality measures

Hospitals and providers looking to meet the requirements for meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) technology must report on a certain number of quality measures. Most of the

August 24, 2011  11:59 AM

AAFP patient portal service for small physicians goes live

CommunityManager Profile: CommunityManager
AAFP, AHRQ, CAHPS, patient portal, quality reporting

By Brita Van Fossen, Editorial Assistant Small practices across the country face many challenges in meeting meaningful use requirements. Separated from large hospitals or research institutions, these...

August 22, 2011  12:22 PM

Quality reporting standards nearly set for stage 2

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
Health IT Standards Committee, LOINC, quality measure reporting, RxNorm, SNOMED CT

The Health IT Standards Committee is prepared to recommend a set of so-called vocabulary standards for the quality reporting measures required for demonstrating the meaningful use of electronic health record (EHR) systems. According to

May 16, 2011  1:33 PM

Proposed rule aligns hospital quality reporting programs

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
CMS, Hospital IPPS, IQR Program, quality measure reporting

By 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects hospitals to be able to use electronic health record (EHR) data for all reports required by the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting...

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February 15, 2011  1:21 PM

Final MDDS rule deems hospitals medical device manufacturers

Beastwood Profile: Beastwood
FDA, medical devices, Regulations

After a three-year wait, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that reclassifies medical device data systems, or MDDS, as Class I devices that are subject to general regulatory control and exempt from premarket notification requirements. In a

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