Coalition expresses support for 21st Century Cures Act's interoperability provisions | CHIME members recognized for outstanding leadership | CMS guide offers steps for successful ICD-10 preparation
June 30, 2015
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Coalition expresses support for 21st Century Cures Act's interoperability provisions
A letter was sent by a group of 30 entities, including health IT vendors, patient advocates, insurers and providers, to the House Energy and Commerce Committee stating their support for the 21st Century Cures Act's interoperability provisions. The letter said that measures in the bill are "a major positive step in fixing the problems associated with a lack of interoperability." Health Data Management (6/26)
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CHIME members recognized for outstanding leadership
CHIME member Joy Grosser and former CHIME CIO Rose Ann Laureto were among 12 CIOs featured in a Becker's Hospital Review article as "standout CIOs." Grosser is UnityPoint Health's CIO and vice president. Laureto, who is now ProMedica's chief information and technology officer, served as CHIME's CIO from 1997 to 2013. (6/25)
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Prepare for the future by improving workflow
See what providers call their favorite EHR and healthcare IT tools. EHRs and healthcare technology: What's in it for me? provides a comprehensive look at the benefits of healthcare IT solutions, as told by the providers and administrators who use them every day. Click here to download.
Technology Spotlight
CMS guide offers steps for successful ICD-10 preparation
The CMS has released a guide designed to help providers prepare for the ICD-10 transition. The Quick Start Guide lays out five steps to readying for the new coding system and notes that it's not too late to get ready, but it's essential for practices to start now. Health Data Management (6/25)
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HHS taps 7 programs to win Innovates Awards
HHS has selected seven winners of its eighth-annual HHS Innovates Awards, launched to recognize outstanding solutions designed by HHS staff members to address some of the most important health care challenges today. Among the winners are the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a portal that enables users to access and exchange 3D documents, and the Perioperative Surgical Home, an Indian Health Service-developed initiative to facilitate multidisciplinary planning for patients needing complex surgeries. (6/26)
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Report predicts strong growth for global telemedicine market
A MarketsandMarkets report predicted the worldwide telemedicine market will hit $6.5 billion by 2020, up from $2.2 billion this year with a 24.2% compound annual growth rate. Physician shortages, increasing care costs and the aging population are among the drivers of growth. Cerner, Cisco Systems and GE Healthcare are some of the companies expected to lead the telemedicine market. (6/29)
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Management & Operation
Health systems to enhance coordinated care, medication adherence with CVS Health
CVS Health is collaborating with Mount Kisco Medical Group, Bryan Health Connect, Millennium Physician Group and Sutter Health to use the Epic EHR platform to securely provide patient prescription and visit data to the providers. The partnership between CVS's MinuteClinic and the health systems was designed to boost care coordination and patient medication adherence. Healthcare IT News (6/26)
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Regulatory & Legislative
House committee OKs bill that would eliminate AHRQ funding
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a draft budget for fiscal 2016 that would terminate funding for HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The proposal would also cut funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, while holding funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at $60.4 million. Healthcare Informatics online (6/25)
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Market Focus
ACO Investment Model application period starts in July
The application period for Medicare Shared Savings Program participants that are interested in implementing the ACO Investment Model runs through July. The model was developed to boost the creation of new ACOs in underserved and rural communities. (6/29)
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Nominations are open for CHIME awards honoring outstanding achievements in health IT
CHIME is proud to honor the outstanding efforts and accomplishments of those who have demonstrated leadership, innovation and collaboration through the application of technology in health care with one of several awards. The deadline for applications is July 31. CHIME members, affiliates and CHIME Foundation firm representatives are also encouraged to nominate deserving candidates. The majority of recipients will be honored during the CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum, held Oct. 14-17 in Orlando. Learn more about the CHIME awards.
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Register now for CHIME15 and take advantage of early bird rates
Registration is now open for the health care IT industry's most anticipated event of the year. The CHIME15 Fall CIO Forum will be held Oct. 14-17 in Orlando and feature bestselling author and happiness expert Shawn Achor as the opening keynote. Visit the CHIME website for registration information, agenda, list of speakers and other conference details. Register early and save. Early bird rates end July 1.
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