Environmental Intelligence LLC Receives Registered Federal Trademark
Environmental Intelligence, LLC (EI), has further strengthened its brand position by securing a Registered Trademark through the United States Patent andTrademark Office for its slogan “Physician Focused, Patient Driven.”
Initial CIOs Perspectives On Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule
Chief information officers were scrambling to wade through and make sense of more than 1,000 pages of Stage 2 meaningful use rules yesterday afternoon, with some poring over the details late into the night. Most seem pleased, so far, but say there’s lots of work to do.
Key Operational And Financial Benefits Of EHR Adoption
There has been several recent studies published that have illustrated the potential benefits of electronic health record (EHR) adoption. Of the many potential benefits cited in these studies, the two that seem to consistently surface are improvement in the clinical care process and the overall patient experience.
5 Ways To Conquering Difficult Meaningful Use Requirements
It’s no surprise many physicians are finding it difficult to qualify for meaningful use incentives. In fact, the industry shouldn’t be fooled by numbers, and needs to realize many physicians have a long way to go before they officially qualify.
EHRs Will Play A Key Role To Reduce Hospital Readmissions
As hospitals tackle the issue of how to reduce their readmission rates, new research shows that health IT can play a key role in tracking patients after they’ve been discharged from hospitals, but more needs to be done to capture patient information and share it among caregivers, concludes a report from CSC Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Aug. 24 a rule finalizing a one-year proposed delay – from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014 – in the compliance date for use of ICD-10 codes, which classify diseases and health problems.
Word of the new ICD-10 compliance deadline came as welcome news to many in the healthcare realm – just not everyone.
There remains a corner of the industry that publicly asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider other alternatives, most notably ICD-11, before mandating a new deadline.
CMS Final Rule Increases Payment Rates for Inpatient Services
Medicare payment rates to acute-care hospitals will increase by about 2.8% in 2013, while the program’s total spending on inpatient hospital services will rise by about $2 billion compared with 2012, the CMS announced after releasing a final payment rule (PDF).
CMS Issues Payment Increase Proposed Rule For Primary Care Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is sending some sunshine in the direction of primary care providers. In a proposed rule issued July 6, CMS is offering payment increases for family physicians and other primary care providers as well as proposals to better pay for the range of care primary care providers give patients.
The Medicaid expansion was supposed to be the least controversial part of the health reform lawsuit. But since the Supreme Court essentially made broadening its eligibility voluntary for states, not a day goes by without news reports guessing how Medicaid will fare in the future.
Government Moving Forward With Automating Public Health Reporting
The federal government has tapped IBM to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Public Health Data Standards Consortium (PHDSC) to align public health case reporting with meaningful use requirements. The idea is that timely access to critical information could help public health agencies on every level – national, state and local – to respond more quickly to infectious disease outbreaks.