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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

Glitch in ICD-10 update offers some physicians free pass on PQRS penalties

Issues with the October 2016 ICD-10 update mean CMS can’t process certain quality measure data for the last quarter of the year, so the agency will waive penalties related to the glitch’s impact on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

Patients skeptical of IT benefits, but demand providers take more data

Stories about hacking and the perception that healthcare providers aren’t providing adequate data security have led patients to distrust health IT. 

171,000 clinicians get MU pay cut as reporting changes for 2017

About 171,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will be hit with a 3 percent downward payment adjustment this year for failing to show meaningful use (MU) under the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in 2015.

Daily 'safety huddles' may identify more EHR safety issues

In almost a year of “safety huddles” among staff at one hospital, 7 percent of safety issues discussed involved electronic health records (EHRs), usually regarding the technology not working properly. 

Q&A: AirStrip CEO on how the 21st Century Cures Act is a win for health IT

To go over some of the policy victories for health IT within the 21st Century Cures Act, including the extra funding for major IT initiatives, HealthExec spoke with Alan Portela, CEO and board chairman of mobile interoperability platform AirStrip.

OIG: CMS hasn’t built MACRA IT infrastructure

While the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will allow practices to submit only some data in 2017, CMS doesn’t have the IT infrastructure in place to collect it.

Automated calls to patients produce uneven results

Using automated calling services to help patients manage their own health can produce some benefits, according to a review by Cochrane, but it doesn’t appear to be a replacement for follow-up calls between healthcare professionals and patients. 

RSNA 2016: How a guest wi-fi network creates security vulnerability

What if hackers of health systems’ computer networks weren’t looking to make money off ransomware attacks or identity theft, but they were instead aiming to harm patients? They might be to pull it off, according to one cybersecurity expert, if facilities fail to separate their networks.

CMS releases API to smooth transition to MACRA reporting

Developers now have an application program interface (API) tool to help write software for the quality measures practices will need to use as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Using social data to help value-based care begins with ICD-10 codes

The transition to value-based care may require making it simpler for information on social determinants of health to be pulled from electronic health records.

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