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ONC Offers Rural Providers Some Health Information Exchange Guidance

ONC Offers Rural Providers Some Health Information Exchange Guidance

Made available through the ONC’s National Rural Health Resource Center, the toolkit provides a set of “practical” HIE resources designed to help rural health stakeholders, including State Offices of Rural Health and Flex Programs, rural hospitals and clinics, critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural health networks, and other invested parties, develop and manage HIEs. The toolkit includes the following components: Health… Read more →

Lawmakers Call For 'Reboot' of Meaningful Use Program

Lawmakers Call For ‘Reboot’ of Meaningful Use Program

Six Republican Senators have formally requested that U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provide a written plan to address how the agency is implementing the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. In an April 16 letter–signed by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Pat Roberts… Read more →

CMS and OIG Propose Extension of Electronic Health Record Donation Protections

CMS and OIG Propose Extension of Electronic Health Record Donation Protections

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have each proposed new rules to extend existing protections that allow hospitals to donate electronic health record (EHR) technology to physicians who refer patients to their facilities. By way of background, in 2006, CMS established an… Read more →

Patients With PHR Access More Responsible, Engaged, Satisfied

Patients With PHR Access More Responsible, Engaged, Satisfied

Providers who are worried about meeting the Stage 2 Meaningful Use patient engagement guidelines may be able to rest easier at night after reading the results of several recent studies… (continue reading article at EHR Intelligence – Patients with PHR access more responsible, engaged, satisfied)

Making Health Information Exchange Meaningful, Useful

Making Health Information Exchange Meaningful, Useful

The digital picture of a patient’s health is incomplete unless it includes electronic information from all clinical encounters with healthcare providers from primary to specialty care. The challenge of creating… (continue reading article at EHR Intelligence – Making health information exchange meaningful, useful)

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