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December 4, 2012
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  • CHIME reacts to OIG report on EHR incentive payments: CHIME has released a statement in response to a report from the HHS Office of Inspector General that criticized CMS' oversight of the Medicare EHR incentive initiative. The group backs the OIG's suggestion that CMS create and distribute guidance on the documentation needed to comply with audits, but it expressed concern about prepayment audits. "Such an action would impose a significant delay on the payment process, causing an unnecessary and detrimental situation for providers," said Sharon Canner, senior director of advocacy for CHIME. Healthcare Informatics online (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Strategy & Leadership 
  • NASCIO lists key priorities for state CIOs next year
    The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has released a list of the key trends and issues that should be on every state CIO's radar next year. Topping the list is consolidation of information services and infrastructure, followed by effective management of cloud services, ensuring data security and monitoring workplace use of mobile technology. Government Health IT online (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Spotlight  
  • Report: 57% of U.S. health groups employ patient portal technology
    A KLAS report indicated that 57% of U.S. health groups are now using patient portals and that most providers are choosing EMR vendors for their portal systems. Among the most preferred portal systems are those from Epic, Cerner, Intuit Health, Next Gen, Relay Health, Jardogs and MEDSEEK, with Epic's MyChart solution leading the pack. Healthcare IT News (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report rates U.S. hospitals on patient safety
    The Leapfrog Group issued an updated Hospital Safety Score report last week, giving "F" grades to 25 hospitals and "D" marks to an additional 121 facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic. The data show 790 of 2,618 hospitals got an "A" grade and 23% got a higher rating than in the June report. Leapfrog's scoring methodology has been criticized by some hospitals. HealthLeaders Media (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Management & Operation 
  • CHIME case study: Small hospital conquers EHR adoption challenges
    A CHIME case study illustrated how Iowa-based Henry County Health Center overcame challenges common among smaller providers when deploying EHRs by seeking staff input in the very early stages and communicating throughout the process. Research findings show the hospital helped staff and nurses adopt the new system by giving them important clinical IT training and support. Healthcare IT News (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Storm-hit hospitals get quality reporting reprieve from CMS
    The CMS has sent notice to quality improvement organizations informing them of its plans to waive certain quality reporting requirements for storm-hit hospitals in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Hospitals in these areas may have suffered damage to their records or data systems as well as to their physical facilities. (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Regulatory & Legislative 
  • CMS issues about $8.4B in EHR payments through October
    The CMS paid $692 million in EHR incentives to hospitals, doctors and other eligible professionals in October, bringing the total payout to slightly more than $8.4 billion since the program commenced. The agency has paid $2.84 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives for physicians and other professionals since early last year, while hospitals received almost $5.38 billion during the same period, the agency said. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CHIME News 
  • Developed for CIOs by CIOs: The Certified Healthcare CIO Program
    Show the world you have what it takes to be a successful health care CIO. CHIME's CHCIO Program is the first certification program designed specifically for CIOs and other IT executives in the health care industry. A CHCIO demonstrates the commitment, knowledge and experience required to master the skills needed by successful CIOs and IT directors. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the conversation on StateNet: What are providers doing about patient data matching?
    Patient data matching is just one of the many health care IT topics of discussion on CHIME StateNet. StateNet is a 50-state (and the District of Columbia) network of stakeholders created for the purposes of gathering and communicating relevant in-state health IT developments. The mission of StateNet is to foster statewide coalitions charged with advancing and standardizing the adoption of health information technology and health information exchange. Join the conversation today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
It is astonishing what force, purity and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods."
--Margaret Fuller,
American journalist and women's rights activist

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