Senate Finance Committee to support stage 3 MU delay | Expert: CDS might address some of the issues seen under prior authorization | How can GIS be used to improve public health?
July 23, 2015
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Senate Finance Committee to support stage 3 MU delay
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Thursday that his committee will advocate delaying the implementation of stage 3 of the meaningful use program. As it currently stands, stage 3 would be enforced by the CMS beginning in 2017. Provider groups including the American Medical Association have been seeking a delay, and Alexander says that in spite of a possible delay, his committee supports full implementation of EHR adoption. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (7/23)
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Expert: CDS might address some of the issues seen under prior authorization
It is not yet known how successful clinical decision support will affect the appropriateness of and spending on imaging, Liz Quam, executive director of the Center for Diagnostic Imaging's Quality Institute, told imaging managers at a meeting this week. She said radiology benefits management has been problematic, delaying care and posing other issues, but clinical decision support is different, with more flexibility and a number of benefits to practitioners and patients. (free registration) (7/21)
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How can GIS be used to improve public health?
Geographic information systems technology has the potential to improve the effectiveness of population health initiatives by health systems and public health agencies. In Charlotte, N.C., Carolinas HealthCare System's Dr. Michael Dulin used GIS technology and data on demographics and emergency department usage to identify communities that lacked access to primary care. "Within the walls of the hospital system, we really influence a very small proportion of health. How can we become a proactive hospital to influence that social context to improve health and outcomes?" Dulin said. Health Data Management (7/21)
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EHRs and MU
Report shows physicians use mobile devices to access patient data
A Black Book report reveals that mobile devices are being used by 52% of ambulatory practice doctors to access reference data or EHRs. Surgeons, OB/GYNs, radiologists and emergency department providers were also listed as among the health care professionals most likely to leverage smartphones to manage and view EHRs. Survey respondents named drchrono the best among vendors for customer satisfaction, with HealthFusion, Greenway and Cerner following close behind. Health IT Analytics (7/22)
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BYOD policies still a challenge to health IT leaders
A Vocera Communications survey found that health IT leaders are still struggling to develop strategies that effectively address security and infrastructural concerns related to "bring your own device" policies. Only 26% of participants already have systems or plans to support secure communications within EHR systems. Developing BYOD policies for affiliated providers is not a priority for 63% of respondents this year. (7/22)
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Survey examines consumer awareness, willingness to use telemedicine
A HealthMine survey found that 41% of 1,200 consumers queried said they have never heard of telehealth services. The study also revealed that a person's age might affect his or her willingness to use telemedicine, as 58% of respondents ages 25 to 34 were interested in using telemedicine compared with 37% of participants ages 55 to 64. Health Data Management (7/23)
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National Committee for Quality Assurance app locates accredited docs, insurers
A free mobile application was released by the National Committee for Quality Assurance to allow consumers to find NCQA-accredited insurers and doctors. The tool, which works on iPads, iPods and iPhones, can also be used to look for accredited practices and medical homes that offer high-quality services for specialized care. Health Data Management (7/23)
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Independence Blue Cross renews deal with Pa. health system
Independence Blue Cross has renewed a partnership with Crozer-Keystone Health System that gives IBC members continued in-network access to all Crozer-Keystone facilities, practices and providers under IBC's accountable care program, now in its fifth year. American City Business Journals/Philadelphia (7/21)
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