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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

Hospitals using predictive modeling for population health

A new study found that 15 percent of providers are using predictive modeling within hospitals.

Sharing medical information at no cost is important to U.S. adults

Approximately three-quarters of adults believe healthcare providers should share medical information, according to a new survey.

Study finds benefits of HIEs inconclusive

A systematic review of published literature found that the benefits of health information exchanges remain unclear.

GAO report examines Healthcare.gov issues

A U.S. Government Accountability Office report found the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to do a better job testing and overseeing the Healthcare.gov website.

Senators criticize interoperability roadmap

Five senators criticized the progress of the HITECH Act and questioned if the program had achieved its goals of increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving the quality of care.

AMA, other physician groups express ICD-10 concerns

The American Medical Association and 99 other physician organizations sent a letter on March 4 to acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Andrew Slavitt expressing their concerns with the transition to ICD-10.

Interoperability of HIEs still lacking

Most stakeholders are concerned with the progress of health information exchanges and pessimistic that health record connectivity will be achieved within the next few years, according to a Black Book survey.

Two hospitals did not comply with Medicare billing requirements

Audits from the Office of the Inspector General found two hospitals failed to comply with Medicare billing requirements for Kwashiorkor, a form of severe protein malnutrition.

CMS videos explain ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released two videos to explain the transition to updated medical codes and ICD-10.

Survey examines revenue cycle management for medical practices

Medical practices usually do not outsource their billing and collections processes, but revenue cycle management is becoming more popular, according to a recent survey of several hundred practices.

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