AHIMA has named Wylecia Wiggs Harris,
PhD, as the association’s new CEO.
New guidance from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services states
that physicians should not text medical
orders since texts are not part of
official health records.
Vendor Ciox Health has filed a lawsuit
against the Department of Health and
Human Services aiming to stop the
agency’s enforcement of HIPAA rules
that limit the amount providers can
charge for releasing health records.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and
Quality announced in the Federal
Register that this fall it will host
a competition to encourage the
integration of patient-reported health
data into electronic health records.
An article in U.S. News and World Report
says that employers are starting to
offer identity theft insurance coverage
as an employee benefit due to the
recent jump in major data breaches.
For the first time the healthcare
industry has become the United
States’ largest employer, outranking
manufacturing and retail, according to
an article in The Atlantic.
The global clinical intelligence market
is expected to grow 12. 5 percent
between 2017 and 2023, according to
Market Research Future, due to growing
use of clinical decision support tools
and electronic health records.
The Federal Trade Commission website
is urging consumers to consider the
privacy implications of using mail-in DNA test kits, and to research
who gets access to their genetic
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Administrator Seema Verma stated in a
webcast that the agency will prioritize
health IT innovation and regulatory
relief for clinical documentation in
said in a press release that the BPCI
Advanced builds on the earlier success
Survey: Providers Continue to Look for
of bundled payment models and is “an
important step in the move away from
fee-for-service and towards paying for
Participants in the program will be
tasked with redesigning their care deliv-
ery in order to keep Medicare expendi-
tures within a defined budget while also
maintaining or improving performance
on specific quality measures. CMS
hopes the program will decrease costs
by eliminating care that is unnecessary
or provides little benefit to patients, en-
courage care coordination between pro-
viders while fostering quality improve-
ment, and create environments that
stimulate rapid development of new ev-
idence-based knowledge while increas-
ing patient engagement and education.
The application to participate in BPCI
Advanced is open through March 12.
The performance period will run from
October 1, 2018 to December 31,
2023, with a subsequent enrollment
date planned for January 1, 2020.
“Like all models tested by CMS, there
will be formal, independent evaluation
to assess the quality of care and chang-
es in spending under the model,” the
press release stated.
For more information about the mod-
el and its requirements, visit https://
Replacement EHR Vendors
Sixteen percent of ambulatory facilities are leaving their current electronic
health record (EHR) vendor, while 11 percent of acute care facilities are leaving
their vendor, according to a survey from Utah-based research firm Reaction
Data that examined physician EHR satisfaction. The report gives an overview
of customer ratings for vendors that participated in the survey, including demographics for their happiest customers. “Once vendors start profiling their ideal
customer base, dissatisfaction will decrease, as will the churn rate,” the authors
wrote. Currently, Epic leads the pack in winning replacement business at 33
percent, followed next by Cerner at 18 percent, according to the survey. The
remaining vendors listed are included in the graph below. ¢
EHR Vendors Winning Replacement Business
Source: Reaction Data. “EHR Satisfaction According to Physicians: The Under-reported Story.” 2017.
0% 60% 80% 100% 40% 20%
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