Tag: EHR

Interoperability and post-acute implications

Editor’s note: This post has been republished with permission from the author, Reg’s blog. CMS stance/policy on interoperability among providers and the resultant debate are rather interesting. I encourage clients and readers to tune-in on this subject as the positive and negative implications are sweeping. Interoperability in this context means the ability of computer systems […]

Submit your case studies!

Has your facility recently found success implementing a new EHR system? We want to hear about it! Send us 2-4 paragraphs describing your facility’s experience. Why did you decide to transition from paper to electronic? What were your challenges during the transition? How were you able to find success and increase quality of care? Your […]

Telehealth bill urges CMS to remove roadblocks, expand telemedicine in Medicare

After a bill to expand telehealth in Medicare first introduced in 2016 made little headway on Capitol Hill, determined legislators are seeking a new way in, by introducing several telemedicine bills aimed at different areas of Medicare, with a goal to get at least one passed. The Evidence-Based Telehealth Expansion Act of 2017 was revealed […]

GAO calls out HHS for lack of plan to increase electronic information exchange in post-acute settings

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report titled “Electronic Health Records: HHS Needs to Improve Planning and Evaluation of Its Efforts to Increase Information Exchange in Post-Acute Care Settings,” stating that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) lacks a comprehensive plan to meet its goal in increasing the proportion of post-acute […]

How do electronic health records fit into long-term care?

Though long-term care (LTC) facilities are not eligible for direct funding for electronic health records (EHR) under the meaningful use program, EHRs are gaining popularity in these settings. Adoptions of EHRs in LTC can reduce medication-related errors, improve clinical documentation, and better coordinate information exchange between healthcare settings, leading to improved resident-centered care. Making the […]

SNFs can celebrate rural healthcare technology bill

After months of waiting, SNFs can now celebrate the passage of Rural Healthcare Connectivity Act of 2015.The bill passed the full Senate vote on June 7, 2016, which has been in the congressional pipeline since 2012. The measure will help rural SNFs gain funds for better technology, which will increase access to telemedicine and utilization […]

The American Hospital Association recommends how to measure EHR interoperability

The AHA recommended to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that interoperability should be measured not only by electronic health information exchange and use, but should also include: availability of standards, structures and infrastructure to support those goals. One requirement of the Medicare Access and […]

CMS releases final rule simplifying EHR incentive programs

On October 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to […]

OIG report finds EHRs are being improperly reviewed by CMS

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report titled, “CMS and Its Contractors Have Adopted Few Program Integrity Practices to Address Vulnerability in EHRs” that finds that few CMS contractors from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) were reviewing electronic health records properly. According to the OIG report, electronic health […]