Category Archives: Public Policy

CMS Signals Change to 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

This week has seen an incredible amount of activity on the health IT front. I was pleased to see the blog post from Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Continue reading

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Making Progress: A 2013/2014 Comparison of HIE Organizations Supporting Meaningful Use Stage 2

by Mari Greenberger, Director, Informatics, HIMSS North America; and Charlie Rogers, Chair, HIMSS HIE Committee, and CEO, Core Health Technologies Recently, the HIMSS HIE Committee conducted a follow-up survey to its 2013 Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 Survey research providing a year-over-year snapshot … Continue reading

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Health IT Opportunity from 2015 State of the Union  

President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Address is under analysis quite extensively this week.  Although I did not have one of my “jump-out-of-my seat because-POTUS-mentioned-health IT-in-the- speech” moments, “I’m encouraged by three areas where health IT can join the conversation.

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5 Steps to Use Health IT in Meaningful Ways

by Pat Bush, RN, MS, FACHE, CSSC, Board Member, CNFHIMSS Chapter; Board Member Central Florida AHCE Chapter Meaningful use is still a challenge for many organizations that face issues from data quality to patient identification and data security. Major investments … Continue reading

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2015 – The Year Ahead for Health IT

As the new year begins, here are my insights on what to expect in the evolution of health IT. Telemedicine/telehealth:  When it comes to providers making decisions about using telehealth technologies, technology is not the limiting factor.  Payment and policy … Continue reading

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Getting Back to the Basics

After listening to the recent all-day Joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee meeting I was struck by the ongoing need and opportunity we have to bring clarity to the following terms: interoperability and health information exchange.  With good reason, these … Continue reading

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It’s the Journey, not the Destination

An Appreciation of An HIT Pioneer, Dr. Morris Collen, And The Current State Of Meaningful Use Journeys always produce transformations.  We are never the same at the end as we were at the beginning. Muddy Waters started his transformation on … Continue reading

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Time for Action on 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

As I’m sure many of you know by now, in early September, CMS and ONC issued a final rule offering providers flexibility to meet the Meaningful Use timeline for 2014.  The Flexibility Rule, as it’s being publicly referred, did not … Continue reading

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Technology Is Not the Barrier

During visits to the Hill next week during the HIMSS Policy Summit, Rick Moore will be one of four members of the Central and Southern Ohio chapter of HIMSS visiting legislators on Thursday, Sept. 18. He became an advocate for … Continue reading

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When Conversation becomes Convincing at NHIT Week 2014

Pawan Goyal, MD, MHA, MS, PMP, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, CBA, FAHIMA, understands the value of visiting his members of Congress and using the 3 HIMSS Congressional Asks.  In fact, as a leader in Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of HIMSS, he helped develop … Continue reading

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