Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (Feb 25 – Mar 3)

6 Common Types of Eating Disorders (and Their Symptoms) Some people may see eating disorders as phases, fads or lifestyle choices, but they’re actually serious mental disorders. They affect people physically, psychologically and socially and can have life-threatening consequences. In fact, eating disorders are now officially recognized as mental disorders by the Diagnostic and Statistical… Read More

Health Data Exchange Grows, Direct Message Use Jumps 63% in 2018

An increasing number of providers are engaging in health data exchange, with Direct message transactions up 63 percent in 2018.   Health data exchange continues to grow nationwide as Direct message transactions increase by 63 percent in 2018. DirectTrust announced steady growth in the number of healthcare organizations utilizing Direct exchange over the past year,… Read More

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

Senators blame administrative burden associated with EHR use for high healthcare spending. August 01, 2018 – While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare organizations. At a recent Senate Committee…

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AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

AHA is calling for CMS to cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use as part of recommended changes to federal EHR reporting changes The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use.…

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How to Improve EHR Usability During the Implementation Process

Physicians recommend improving EHR usability during implementation instead of waiting on health IT companies to innovate changes. Throughout 2017, healthcare industry leaders have pressed health IT companies and developers to innovate technologies that prioritize EHR usability and streamline the provider workday. The American Medical Association (AMA) in particular has made efforts to encourage EHR system…

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Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

AHA emphasized the need to eliminate Stage 3 Meaningful Use following a study showing excessive spending associated with federal reporting programs. October 26, 2017 – A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a…

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AHA, AAMC Lawsuit Targets HHS Site-Neutral Payments, Patient Access

The lawsuit contends that HHS is overstepping its boundaries and that the OPPS site-neutral payments provisions undercut patient access to care. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration advocating against the site-neutral payment rule included in the 2019 Outpatient Prospective Payment… Read More

Aiming for Success in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model

Healthcare organizations that adapt to patient needs tend to be more successful in patient-centered medical home models. Evolution and adaptability are essential for healthcare organizations aiming to thrive in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) models. As the healthcare industry continues to change, organizations need to be ready to address changing needs and introduce new strategies that… Read More