Washington state program could be model for the nation.
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Fraud isn't at the root of a spike in providers' billing for emergency services, a new opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts.
Algorithms applied to electronic health record data can identify more cases of undetected diabetes in patients than claims codes, and discriminates between type 1 and type 2 diabetes, according to a study published recently in Diabetes Care.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a wide-ranging review of government incentive payments to physicians and hospitals for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records. In addition, OIG is looking at whether providers have used EHRs to facilitate "upcoding" of Medicare charges.
SAN DIEGO – Use of electronic medical records technology reduced medication errors among hospitalized HIV patients from 16% to 1.1%, a 93% reduction (P=0.002), researchers said here.
A recent MarketsandMarkets report forecasts cloud computing in healthcare to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.5 percent from 2012 to 2017. Although cloud computing offers significant advantages to healthcare organizations and other stakeholders, security of patient information, interoperability and compliance with government regulations are some of the factors that are slowing down the market, according to the report.
Providing patients with access to their physician's notes benefits those patients and does not add to a doctor's workload, according to a new study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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A study conducted at HMO giant Kaiser Permanente involving nearly 170,000 patients with diabetes found that use of electronic health records helped significantly reduce A1c levels (average blood glucose over the previous three months) and LDL cholesterol in patients with the highest levels, indicating better monitoring and treatment. Those with lower A1c and LDL values experienced incremental improvements. Since their target levels were under control, they underwent less testing, suggesting electronic health records could actually reduce overtesting.
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WASHINGTON – There are no set appropriations for how much the federal government can spend on rewarding providers who adopt and use electronic health records under the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use EHRincentive program, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.
WASHINGTON – Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are approaching $7 billion since the program's beginning, with $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August.