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CMS eHealth University

CMS provides a set of fact sheets and tutorials for every provider’s level of familiarity with EHR and PQRS, including beginners, intermediates, and advanced users at eHealth University, its learning portal. This introductory video explains CMS eHealth and its eHealth University.

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Collection to Action: How to Manage Data for Better Patient Outcomes

The American Pharmacists Association issued a comprehensive article on how hospital pharmacists can use data to improve care featuring tangible examples.

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Could Goal-Oriented EHR Functionality Optimize Outcomes?

Researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Department of Family and Preventive Medicine has discovered that shifting to goal-oriented healthcare rather than problem-directed healthcare can improve patient outcomes. Their study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine....

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DOJ Will Investigate EHR Vendors For False Claims

Recently, the Department of Justice found eClinicalWorks, an electronic health record (EHR) vendor, guilty of falsely obtaining certification for meaningful use criteria through its EHR. Promoted by this case, the DOJ is expanding its investigation to other EHR vendors. Read more at Healthcare IT...

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eCQI Resource Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created what it calls a one-stop shop for the most current resources supporting electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI).

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EHR Incentive Program Listserv Subscription Form

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a listerv subscription page, allowing easing access to alerts and updates regarding the EHR Incentive Program.

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EHR Safety Concerns Uncovered, Addressed with Daily Huddle

The healthcare team at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center created a daily “safety huddle” across their organization managing safety issues that are electronic health record (EHR)-related. Approximately 40 leadership roles are involved daily in a 20-minute gathering, ranging from CEOs to staff...

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Electronic Health Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines electronic health record incentive programs reporting.

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ePSS Application (iPhone)

The Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is an application designed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.

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Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Info

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has prepared a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. The intent of the Guide is to help health care providers—especially Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Covered Entities and Medicare Eligible Professionals from smaller organizations―better understand how to integrate federal health information privacy and security requirements into their practices. This new version of the Guide provides updated information about compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs’ privacy and security requirements as well as the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

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Higher EHR Adoption Engenders Better Quality Care

A new report from HIMSS Analytics reveals that hospitals with higher levels of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health IT use are more likely to produce better quality care with lower mortality rates.

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How to Get Patients to Access Your Patient Portal

This is a blog post with easy-to-understand tips on how to engage patients in the portal selection process and how to attract them once it is built.

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How to Get Your Health Record

The Office of the National Coodinator provides a webpage guide, explaining to patients on how to access and use their medical record.

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How to Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use

The National Learning Consortium provides a fact sheet on How to Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement and Meet Meaningful Use Requirements.

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Missing EHR Data Rises to Top 10 List of Medical Technology Hazards to Patient Safety Missing

This is a summary of the ECRI Institute’s top ten list of healthcare technology hazards that cause the most ADEs or near misses that jeopardize patient safety. This year the report delved into EHR-related issues, such as mismatched patient record data, missing or delayed access to data, clock...

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National Learning Consortium Fact Sheet: Using Patient Portals in Ambulatory Care Settings

The National Learning Consortium (of HealthIT.gov) has designed a fact sheet for providers on how patient portals may be used in the ambulatory setting. The benefits of patient portals include increasing access, empowering patients, supporting care between visits, and improving health outcomes. Learn the all details by reading the fact sheet.

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National Learning Consortium's Frequently Asked Questions About the Patient Portal

The National Learning Consortium (of HealthIT.gov) has designed an FAQ fact sheet (Word document) designed to help providers with the hows and whys of patient portal creation.

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ONC Relases Patient, Provider Resources for Patient Engagement

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT released two tools to connect patients with their data, a set of consumer-facing videos to educate patients on their data-access rights, and a provider-directed “Patient Engagement Playbook” to guide providers in implementing patient...

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Security Risk Assessment Tool

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recognizes that conducting a risk assessment can be a challenging task. That is why the ONC, in collaboration with the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and the HHS Office of the General Counsel (OGC), has developed a...

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Study Uses Pharmacogenomic Data from Electronic Health Record

Mayo Clinic researchers conducted the “Right Drug, Right Dose, Right Time: Using Genomic Data to Individualize Treatment” (RIGHT) Protocol study to use patients’ genetic information from their electronic health record (EHR) to try to improve future outcomes. In the study’s first phase, 1,013 Mayo...

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Tactical Step-By-Step Instructions for Using EHR for Better Population Health Management

This article describes how providers can turn population health data into meaningful chronic disease management.

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Teaching Patients Portal Usage Improves Satisfaction, Engagement

The Journal of Informatics in Health and Biomedicine (JAMIA) published a study conducted among 97 subjects regarding the use of a tablet-based bedside educational intervention in introducing portal use. The researchers found that an intervention of less than 15 minutes resulted in strong...

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Times for Optimizing Patient Encounters While Tackling EHR Tasks

To manage electronic health records (EHR) without compromising patient encounters, physicians are advised to engage patients in the medical record documentation process, look at patients directly when sensitive or concerning issues are brought up, and to explain clearly why you are using the screen...

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Updates for Rural Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided updates effective January 4, 2016 for Rural Health Centers (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors how to bill for Chronic Care Management. Specifics of the CCM service and...

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Why Healthcare Providers Should Embrace Innovative EHR Use

In a Harvard Business Review op-ed, authors James Bender, MD, and Robert S. Mecklenberg, MD, suggest that creative use of electronic health records (EHRs) offer new ways to save money, reduce medical errors, and lower the number of unnecessary surgeries. The upshot is improved patient safety...

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