Eligible providers and hospitals completing their meaningful use requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs can get help from the CMS through a central repository that will indicate which clinical data registries and public health agencies are ready to electronically receive public health reporting data. Registries may submit a CMS input form until Oct. 31 to become eligible for the 2017 repository.
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Health care CISOs in the future will continue working with CIOs, as well with as their organizations' finance, legal and operations departments, as more organizations regard security as a risk factor, said George McCulloch, CHIME's executive vice president of membership and professional development. The biggest number of CISOs coming from outside of health care are coming from the military and banking, and they bring credibility and background in managing security, McCulloch said.
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HHS is awarding $87 million to support the development and adoption of health IT tools at 1,310 health centers in all 50 states, the Pacific Basin, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to help them transition to value-based care and participate in population health management. HHS stressed the importance of purchasing certified EHR technology if health centers intend to use the funds to upgrade their EHR systems.
EHR systems can take up a large portion of many physicians' time, but using a team approach to patient care can ease the burden, says solo primary care physician Salvatore Volpe, who has used an EHR system for eight years. Volpe also suggests reviewing records in advance and asking for help when needed.
A partnership between the Defense Department and SSM Health will provide access to patients' full medical histories via the nonprofit's Epic EHR platform, aiding providers in making patient-care decisions and avoiding duplicate tests. The partnership covers the exchange of EHRs for civilian employees, active-duty service members, dependents and retirees.
Genomics-based care coordination and health outcomes can be improved by integrating genomic data with patients' EHRs, according to a white paper released by the WEDI Genomics Workgroup. The authors urged the development of a genetic/genomic infrastructure and noted the importance of giving patients the ability to share genomic data.
An HHS Office of Inspector General audit report says the West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid $295,962 to three of 42 participating hospitals from July 2011 to December 2013, with total payments amounting to $13,968,023 instead of the correct figure of $13,672,061. West Virginia should make adjustments to payment calculations for the hospitals, refund the overpaid amount to the government and evaluate payment calculations for all participating hospitals, the OIG recommended.
The Department of Agriculture will provide telemedicine grants to seven provider organizations in Mississippi, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, California, Wisconsin and South Carolina to help rural hospitals bolster health care access and opioid abuse treatment. The grants range from a little over $50,000 to more than $400,000.
The AMDIS Fall Symposium brings together leaders in the field of clinical computing and health care information technology to discuss industry trends in support of the critical role physicians play in the digital transformation of health care. The 2016 program will focus on providing a conceptual framework to understand the key elements of population health (PH), and establish best practices for developing and implementing PH programs in an organization, specifically as it relates to CMIOs and physician IT leaders. Join us Nov. 3-5 in Phoenix as we explore population health, discuss the changing health care landscape and exchange best practices. Register now.
Join us in sunny Phoenix for the second annual AEHIX Fall Forum. This event provides a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with industry colleagues from the ever-growing applications, technology and security sectors of health care. Panel discussions will delve deep into the role of telemedicine in alternative payment models, the ins and outs of cloud computing, protecting networks from cyberattacks and more. Register now! (Not an AEHIS, AEHIT or AEHIA member? Registration for AEHIX16 is limited to members, but registration is easy and FREE through 2016 -- join now!)