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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as part of the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, is proposing a historic shift in the documentation requirements associated with clinician office-based Evaluation and Management (E/M) visits for Medicare. This proposal would help to significantly reduce administrative burdens imposed on the nation’s clinicians, allowing them to spend more time with their patients.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) was tasked by Congress in the 21st Century Cures Act to work with CMS to reduce clinician burden associated with health information technology.

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The ONC Certified Health IT Product List better known as CHPL (pronounced “chapel”) is the authoritative, comprehensive listing of health information technology (health IT) products that have been tested and certified under the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Health IT products are listed on the CHPL after eligible components have been successfully tested by an ONC Authorized Testing Laboratory (ONC-ATL) and certified by an ONC Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB).
The CHPL contains detailed data on certified health IT,

The post Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) Data Challenge appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Over the past decade, hospitals and physician offices have made tremendous gains in shifting their record-keeping from paper to computerized systems. This transition to electronic health records (EHRs) has engendered frustration among clinicians who expected computers to make their care more efficient, and among their patients who expected timely access to their information and seamlessly coordinated care.
To address these challenges, a bipartisan majority of Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 (Cures Act).

The post Achieving the Interoperability Promise of 21st Century Cures appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Reporting on the safe use of health information technology (health IT) – especially the use of electronic health records (EHRs) – continues to be a challenge to many healthcare providers. While health IT adoption has increased significantly (as of 2015, 96 percent of hospitals and 78 percent of office-based physicians had certified EHRs), usability and the ease-of-reporting concerns remain.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has long championed the safe use of health IT,

The post A New Challenge Competition – Can you Help Make EHR Safety Reporting Easy appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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If you’re reading this blog post, then chances are that you have noticed something new about HealthIT.gov. I’m pleased to introduce our new and improved website – a resource that provides visitors with an authoritative resource on all things related to health IT. When ONC originally launched HealthIT.gov in 2011, it was the primary source of information about health information technology (health IT) from the federal government. Users reported that the website met their needs for many years,

The post An Updated Resource about Health IT – Launching the Redesigned HealthIT.gov appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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If you’ve heard me speak in the past few months, you’ll know that the focus of my remarks is primarily on ONC’s mission to achieve nationwide interoperability and reduce clinician burden relative to health IT.  I emphasize these areas because they are absolutely critical to the health of Americans using our healthcare system.

A full house for the 2017 ONC Annual Meeting at the Washington Hilton Ballroom
Photo: Peter Ashkenaz
A few weeks ago,

The post 2017 ONC Annual Meeting Highlights: Why Burden Reduction and Interoperability Matter appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Health information technology (health IT) has come a long way since Hurricane Katrina came roaring ashore in 2005.  At that time, few hospitals in the region had adopted electronic health records (EHRs).  To address some coordination issues, a national foundation comprised of several private businesses, national physician organizations, and other health professionals stood up a basic system to share medication history with providers in a matter of hours. This system, KatrinaHealth.org, was helpful in limited circumstances;

The post Reflections from a Health IT Perspective on Disaster Response appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Health IT Buzz by Genevieve Morris - 2M ago

As the youngest child in a relatively large extended family, I never thought I would be called upon to help my mom be a caregiver for my grandparents, who throughout my life were incredibly healthy.  Unfortunately, dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, do not discriminate in choosing their victims, and my once healthy grandparents now require a higher level of care. And with that care, comes the need to make sure that we family caregivers have the information we need to help manage their care,

The post Caregiving in an Electronic Age appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Health IT Buzz by Capt Alicia Morton, Dnp, Rn-bc - 2M ago

Nurses are the lifeblood of our healthcare system. Every day throughout the country, dedicated and compassionate nurses are having a positive impact on the health and lives of patients. But that’s not news to anyone!
What might be news to most Americans, however, is the critical role that nurses play in revolutionizing our health care system through the adoption and widespread use of technology – particularly electronic health records (EHRs). During this National Nurses Week, I want to highlight the important role nurses provide as they shepherd in the next generation of technology that promotes better,

The post Nurses: The Unsung Heroes Changing Healthcare appeared first on Health IT Buzz.

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Health IT Buzz by Capt Alicia Morton, Dnp, Rn-bc - 2M ago

Nurses are the lifeblood of our healthcare system. Every day throughout the country, dedicated and compassionate nurses are having a positive impact on the health and lives of patients. But that’s not news to anyone! What might be news to most Americans, however, is the critical role that nurses play in revolutionizing our health care […]

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