Diving into the MIPS timeline, performance categories & scoring

With 2017 just around the corner, that means data collection for the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation program – the Quality Payment Program – is about to begin. MACRA will eliminate the sustainable growth formula and replace it with a .5% annual rate increase through 2019, after which physicians are encouraged to … Continue reading Diving into the MIPS timeline, performance categories & scoring

CMS proposal exempts another 134K from MACRA

CMS on Tuesday released the anticipated proposed rule updating the Quality Payment Program — the program implementing MACRA — for 2018. The proposal allows for the exemption of small providers participating in the program by increasing the low-volume threshold to $90,000 or less in Medicare Part B charges or 200 or less Medicare patients annually. The … Continue reading CMS proposal exempts another 134K from MACRA

What is the MACRA Quality Payment Program?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) was signed into law with bipartisan support on April 16, 2015 and is starting January 1, 2017.  The law does many things but most importantly it establishes new ways to pay physicians for caring for Medicare beneficiaries.  The law also includes new funding for technical assistance to … Continue reading What is the MACRA Quality Payment Program?

eClinicalWorks Breach of Contract and Fraud Complaints

Lieff Cabraser is investigating widespread complaints about eClinicalWorks, which describes itself as “the leading cloud-based Electronic Health Records vendor” in the United States. Customers of eClinicalWorks – which include hospitals, doctors, health groups, and other medical providers – claim that eClinicalWorks breached contracts and warranties with them and engaged in unfair and deceptive practices with … Continue reading eClinicalWorks Breach of Contract and Fraud Complaints

Effectively using big data in healthcare | Information Management

Newer technologies in healthcare are generating vast amounts of data. This data has to be captured, stored, curated and analyzed continuously which has posed unique challenges for healthcare providers. This problem will be compounded with digitization, the Internet of Things and newer sensors. Big data can come to the rescue of healthcare providers in effectively … Continue reading Effectively using big data in healthcare | Information Management

Virus takes down systems at Erie County Medical Center | Health Data Management

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The Erie County Medical Center, a 550-bed hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., has been hit by a computer virus and in response has shut down the facility’s email, electronic health record system and website as a precautionary measure. ECMC’s Terrace View long-term care facility has also been affected.

A virus was detected early Sunday morning at ECMC, which is the primary teaching hospital for the University at Buffalo, according to Peter Cutler, vice president of communications and external affairs.

In accordance with organizational protocols, Cutler says that the hospital’s IT team “shut our system down” and that as of Tuesday afternoon, he said it remained out of commission.

“The electronic health record system is not running but it has not been affected as far as we can tell,” he adds. Based on an assessment of its EHR, Cutler contends that “at this stage, we’ve not detected that there’s been any compromise…

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Virus takes down systems at Erie County Medical Center | Health Data Management

The Erie County Medical Center, a 550-bed hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., has been hit by a computer virus and in response has shut down the facility’s email, electronic health record system and website as a precautionary measure. ECMC’s Terrace View long-term care facility has also been affected. A virus was detected early Sunday morning at … Continue reading Virus takes down systems at Erie County Medical Center | Health Data Management

Rural Health Clinics – EHR – RCM – Billing Software – Azalea Health with Medscripts Inc.

Medscripts Inc. and Azalea Health’s mission is to make our technology accessible at all levels, especially where it’s needed most. Azalea Health’s certified EHR with integrated Practice Management, Telehealth, RCM and billing services is the heart and hub of community and rural health systems and clinics. With Azalea’s easy-to-use, comprehensive clinical and financial solution, you … Continue reading Rural Health Clinics – EHR – RCM – Billing Software – Azalea Health with Medscripts Inc.

Stop Saddling Docs With Administrative Tasks

It's time for all those involved in the healthcare industry to reevaluate and reduce the administrative task burden placed on clinicians, according to policy recommendations from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The position paper, published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine, offered a framework to free physicians from the daily churn of prior … Continue reading Stop Saddling Docs With Administrative Tasks

Meaningful Use Preserving the Health Story, Providing Structure for The EHR

Achieving meaningful use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is paramount for healthcare organizations and providers seeking both to improve the quality of care and satisfy federal requirements. The recent release of Stage 2 meaningful use final rules has intensified the focus on health information exchange (HIE), leading many hospital administrators and CIOs to champion utilization … Continue reading Meaningful Use Preserving the Health Story, Providing Structure for The EHR