The proposed rule would establish policies related to Stage 3 of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
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It has been a rapidly changing landscape for health information technology these past few years. A lot of factors have contributed to this. Leading the policy has been the federal government instituting incentive programs to encourage health IT adoption.
By Chuck Buck – Despite a significant lobbying effort mounted by a small but very vocal minority within the healthcare industry, the implementation of ICD-10 is expected to proceed without further delay. The failed push marked a third attempt to delay the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation deadline well into 2017.
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), has released its findings from a August 2014 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey. WEDI has been conducting ICD-10 readiness surveys since 2009. The surveys measure industry progress and help identify where providers may be struggling with compliance.
By William Hersh – One of my ongoing concerns for data analytics/data science/Big Data in biomedicine and health is that despite the growth of articles and other writing, the accomplishments of using these tools, especially as would be documented in peer-review journals, continues to be small.
In his recent speech to the AMA House of Delegates, AMA president Dr. Robert Wah characterized the planned implementation of ICD-10 as analogous to the dark forces controlling the galaxy in the movie Star Wars: “If it was a droid, ICD-10 would serve Darth Vader… For more than a decade, the AMA kept ICD-10 at bay – and we want to freeze it in carbonite!”
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