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Combining health systems and hospitals means combining their health information, making the health information management (HIM) strategy a critical facet of any merger, which can be tripped up by poor planning or having an unhelpful electronic health record (EHR) vendor.

Implementation of information governance practices—or at least a need to implement them in the future—is growing, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

Less than 5 percent of consumers had accessed their electronic health record through a patient portal in 2013. By 2016, that number had skyrocketed to 82 percent, according to a survey released at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Los Angeles.

The acquisition of McKesson’s Enterprise Information Solutions (EIS) business focused on hospital and health system IT by Allscripts has been completed as of Oct. 2, a move which appears to have tremendous support among providers using McKesson’s Paragon electronic health record (EHR) system.

A new administration in Washington, D.C., means changes for the regulatory landscape and enforcement for health information management, which will be the focus of David Holtzman, vice president of compliance strategies at CynergisTek, during his presentation at this week’s American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference.

 

Recent Headlines

Will new deadline set for ICD-10 stick?

The changeover to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) coding set has a new deadline, but after several such delays, uncertainty continues about the permanence of this deadline.

State medical boards issue telemedicine policy guidelines that favor video

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has updated its voluntary telemedicine policy guidelines to ensure that as communication technologies and care delivery systems evolve, patients are protected.

AHIMA conference concludes without new ICD-10 implementation date

Despite high hopes that Denise Buenning, acting deputy director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services, would use her appearance at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) conference in Washington, D.C., as a platform for revealing the new ICD-10 implementation date, the conference ended Wednesday with no further information from CMS on when the actual switch would happen.

Allina Health finds even small use of HIE can prevent care duplication, drug seeking

Minneapolis-based Allina Health’s division of applied research has published a study on its use of one health information exchange (HIE) tool that indicates that even when a HIE is used in a relatively limited fashion, it can help improve care.

Coalition urges CMS to name new ICD-10 transition date now

A broad group of healthcare industry stakeholders involved in the transition to International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to name Oct. 1, 2015 — the soonest possible date for the transition — as the new date for the change.

CIOs workloads outpacing compensation

Chief Information Officers (CIOs) responsibilities have increased dramatically since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (the HITECH Act) passed in February of 2009, and their compensation is not keeping up finds a survey of more than 200 healthcare executives conducted by search firm, SSi-SEARCH.

IOM recommends EHRs include social and behavioral information

An Institutes of Medicine (IOM) committee has issued new recommendations that electronic health records (EHRs) should include social and behavioral data on patients in addition to medical data. However, the IOM does not address the potential patients sensitivities and security issues in including this data.

ICD-10 delay increases transition costs and confusion

The proposal to delay the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 coding went from introduction to being passed by Congress in less than a week and left many hospital and health system CIOs, CMIOs and consultants across the country scrambling to figure out what their next steps should be.

HIPPA security? There’s an app for that

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a free app to help small to medium-sized outpatient healthcare providers conduct required security risk assessments.

Healthcare organizations on budget, if not on schedule, for ICD-10 transition

Early results released this week from a survey on ICD-10 readiness by The Advisory Board Company indicate that most healthcare organizations are at or below their budget for the transition, but they are behind schedule on testing and financial planning.

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