According to an article published yesterday in HealthLeaders Media, Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, laid out a list of leading IT growth indicators at a recent National Health IT Summit in Washington DC:
EHR adoption by primary care physicians. After 20 years the rate of adoption of electronic health records by primary [...]
A research firm out of Burlington, Vt. recently reported that half of 1,300+ surveyed physician group practices plan to buy an electronic health records (EHR) system within the next two years. 70 percent of the remaining group practices who say they’re not planning to purchase indicated that they already have an EHR.
It looks as if the EHR market will [...]
Following are some dates for EHR Incentive Program meaningful use reporting:
07/03/11: the last day for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to start their 90-day reporting period for the fiscal year 2011 Medicare electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.
09/30/11: the last day of the federal fiscal year under which the hospital program operates.
10/03/11: the last day [...]
ZirMed®, Harmony Healthcare IT’s provider of revenue cycle management solutions, has been ranked as America’s 79th largest Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) company by revenue in Healthcare Informatics magazine’s 2011 Top 100 listing. The ranking marks the fifth consecutive year ZirMed has been included in the prestigious listing, fueled by a solid revenue growth to $51 million [...]
In the first two weeks of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services incentive program, $75 million was paid out in bonuses for the meaningful use of electronic medical records.
CMS announced mid-May that more than 300 physicians, hospitals and other eligible EMR users qualified for the first stage of the meaningful use incentive program and received payments.
ZirMed, Harmony Healhcare IT’s provider of revenue cycle management solutions, has recently been recognized by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), an independent, self-governing body which evaluates performance criteria for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), for achieving the requirements of the EHNAC HIPAA 5010 Readiness Assessment Program. Additionally, ZirMed was a major participant in the Centers for Medicare [...]
According to Health Data Management, the meaningful use workgroup of the Health I.T. Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is recommending that Stage 2 of electronic health records be delayed by one year to 2014 for providers who attest to Stage 1 meaningful use in 2011.
The rationale [...]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program. The questions cover providing patients with an electronic copy of health information and counting patients not seen by the eligible provider.
The complete questions and answers are:
Question: To meet the meaningful use objective “provide [...]
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will conduct a two-year study to identify barriers to Medicaid providers achieving electronic health records meaningful use criteria.
The study will draw from over one dozen focus groups of eligible Medicaid providers–some of which have adopted an EHR and some of which have not. The finding from the focus groups will inform [...]