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Physicians Decry EHR Quality, Ask for Meaningful Use 3 Postponement

23. July 2015

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Now that it’s reached an accord of sorts with CMS on ICD-10, the AMA has turned its considerable resources towards amending the Meaningful Use program for electronic health records (EHRs), calling on CMS to postpone finalizing Stage 3 rules. At a town hall meeting on July 20, hosted by AMA president Steven Stack, MD, Representative […]

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More PHI Breached in Another Cyberattack as Year of the Healthcare Hack Continues

21. July 2015

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As many as 4.5 million victims of yet another criminal cyberattack of a healthcare system received notice Friday that hackers compromised protected health information and Social Security information in what is tied for the fourth largest HIPAA breach ever reported to the HHS. UCLA Health System in Los Angeles reported on July 17 that hackers […]

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21st Century Cures Act Passes House

14. July 2015

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A bill that would increase National Institutes of Health medical research funding by $8.75 billion over a five-year period passed the House of Representatives with a bipartisan 344-77 vote on Friday. Intended to fund breakthroughs in biomedical research, The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R.6), would also provide an additional $550 million to the Food and […]

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Physician EHR Experience Needs HELP, Senate Committee Says

24. June 2015

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According to Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, an MD from Louisiana, just 11% of eligible physicians have successfully attested to the federal government’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 for electronic health record use, despite compliance penalties kicking in this year. Many doctors would rather take a financial penalty  than comply, Cassidy said. Interoperability problems between EHRs from […]

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Senate Committee Scrutinizes EHR Usability

23. June 2015

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Senator Lamar Alexander, (R-TN) chair of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the committee’s ranking member, announced a bipartisan working group to review EHR usability. Four invited experts testified at a June 10 hearing, including Thomas Payne, MD, board chair elect of American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA); […]

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Health Data Exchange Woes Gain Congress’s Attention

22. May 2015

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Be sure information blocking isn’t affecting your patient records. Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to make it easier to share patient information among fellow providers, right? Think again! According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), your EHR may be built to actually block information exchange. In a report […]

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