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Meaningful use still in effect, Slavitt and DeSalvo say, MACRA changes will take time One week after Andy Slavitt said meaningful use would be replaced soon, the acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator and national coordinator Karen DeSalvo made it clear that the changes would take time and that providers must still follow the current program.  Slavitt and DeSalvo in a blog post Tuesday afternoon explained the new regulatory framework would move away from measuring clicks to focusing on care.

Accountable care organizations struggling with out-of-network integration, interoperability      
Although the majority of organizations have made health IT a priority, integration and interoperability are still major hurdles for accountable care organizations, according to a Premier survey released Wednesday.  In fact, 80 percent of ACOs called integrating data from out-of-network providers the biggest health IT challenge they face.

Epic, athenahealth, other EHR vendors sign on for Carequality Interoperability Framework
Barely a month after its launch, the Carequality Interoperability Framework devised by The Sequoia Project has already signed up five health IT heavy-hitters to be the first to implement its data exchange principles: athenahealth, eClinicalWorks, Epic, NextGen Healthcare and Surescripts.   The vendors – at least two of whom have verbally sparred in recent years over their willingness to play ball with interoperability – have agreed to provide health information exchange services for their customers under the Carequality Framework: legal terms, policies, technical specs and processes meant to enable another step forward for nationwide health information exchange.

Providers balk at proposed post-acute care measures 
The CMS is proposing new measures to better track frequency of care and spending in skilled-nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals in an effort to curb rising costs.  The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 mandates the HHS secretary to measure how often certain services should be used in post-acute care settings based on the risk of a provider's population. The CMS also proposes evaluating a provider's efficiency by tracking per-beneficiary spending. The measures would be implemented by Oct. 1, 2016, for skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals and Jan. 1, 2017, for home health agencies.


Connected health devices fail to improve costs, outcomes in short term, Scripps study finds 
A new study by the Scripps Translational Science Institute has found no short-term benefit in health costs or outcomes for patients who monitored their health with connected devices, whcih comes as a blow to the booming mobile health market.   “It was a bit disappointing, but remember, this was the first multisensor trial that’s ever been reported, so in that respect it was a pioneering effort,” study author and STSI Director Dr. Eric Topol said. “And you know, it was very difficult because we had these three different sensors, glucose, blood pressure, and heart rhythm, and a lot of patients had all three problems or two of them, and had to have a dashboard created. There are a lot of logistical challenges there.”


31 health systems demand stop to Stage 3 meaningful use, call program a diversion  Thirty-one top health systems, hospitals and clinics are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to think again about pressing forward on Stage 3 meaningful use.  Among them are Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Partners HealthCare in Boston; Geisinger Health Systems in Pennsylvania; Henry Ford Health System in Michigan and Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City.

OhioHealth taps Epic's MyChart Bedside, leverages iPads to hone patient experience
OhioHealth hospitals are among the first users of Epic’s MyChart Bedside to enable patients to view their health information, lab results, review videos, exchange messages with their medical team, and generally and plan for the day. The nonprofit, faith-based family of hospital’s secret to jump-starting this process and increasing mobile and telehealth technologies role in healthcare settings: integrating the patient experience.


Population health at HIMSS16: Knowledge Center, dozens of expert presentations planned 
Population health management touches many areas of healthcare technology and patient care. There’s the need to access clinical data and crunch the numbers into meaningful insights. There’s the implementation layer, where analytics meet clinical care, providing intelligence that can lead to changes in patient care. And perhaps the most important element: reviewing changes to identify successes and build on them.  At HIMSS16, the Population Health Knowledge Center will bring together a diverse set of professionals who are able to share solutions at various stages. Eighteen presentations are scheduled for the exhibit floor theater, while other sessions are taking place in the educational programs.

NewYork-Presbyterian on mobile health: Hospital integration not without hurdles
As physicians and hospitals move toward a more consumer-focused care model, experts say successful integration with mobile health faces challenges — not just with technology, but also with processes.  "We needed to do a lot of work and determine what mobile meant from a patient perspective," said Rosemary Ventura, director of nursing informatics at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "This project is one of those examples of patient safety, where you match patients to an action to provide safe care.

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Meaningful use will likely end in 2016, CMS chief Andy Slavitt says
The meaningful use program is on the cusp of major changes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said late Monday, adding that 2016 would likely see the end of the program altogether.  The Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, with its emphasis on a new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and alternative payment models, demands a new streamlined regulatory approach, he said, speaking at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco.

HIMSS16 to set lively pace, offer more time for education, networking
The HIMSS Annual Conference has developed many rhythms that are familiar to longtime attendees. But this year’s conference is changing the beat by a couple of steps with a Monday to Friday calendar that provides more time for education and networking on the exhibit hall. The HIMSS16 pre-education day will take place on Monday in Las Vegas, rather than on Sunday as happened in recent years. The opportunities for education at HIMSS16 will be as rich as ever, with 300 sessions covering all of the most essential topics for health IT. And, as you would expect, there will be presentations on a number of new topic areas.

CMS launches Medicaid IT online resource, highlights state opportunities
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched an online resource to support states' efforts to update outdated IT systems, Andy Slavitt, CMS' acting administrator, announced on Monday.  Through the resource, private sector companies can identify opportunities to participate in Medicaid investments. The site places all Medicaid procurement sites and open state Medicaid IT proposals in one place, which makes it easy for IT vendors to find.

HL7 and ONC launch challenge seeking C-CDA rendering tools for clinicians
Health Level 7 and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT kicked off a new challenge that aims to alleviate provider frustrations with the usability of HL7's consolidated clinical document architecture standard.   The C-CDA is s an XML-based document markup standard specifying the structure and semantics of documents – imaging reports, discharge summaries – exchanged among providers and patients.

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