Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to allow for the sharing of health information. If a patient, for example, is found to have an allergy to penicillin at the family doctor’s office, then emergency room and other medical providers should be able to see the allergy in their EHR systems. Unfortunately, EHR systems do not ...
Jan 18th, 2017
Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discuss how the agencies they oversee have tackled the challenges of meeting clinicians’ data needs in a value-based healthcare system (The CMS Blog, Jan. 17). The goal, they say, is to use the ...
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Dec 19th, 2016
Between 1994 and 2014, approximately 165,000 people overdosed on opioid pain medication in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic,” the CDC says. Obama Promises Government Intervention In what will probably be one of his last grand ...
Dec 7th, 2016
The sweeping 21st Century Cures Act includes a measure for a HCPCS version of MS-DRG for facilities to accompany ICD-10-PCS. The ambitious omnibus legislation, officially called H.R. 34, amends a Senate bill  meant to tackle opioid abuse, accelerate the development of research, medication approval, and treatment innovations; improve data gathering; ease patient information-gathering; and, a facilit...