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CMS Delays Cardiac Bundled-Payment Program  

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the implementation date for its bundled payments for cardiac care from July 1 until Oct. 1, according to Cardiovascular Business. It also suggested it could further delay the model until Jan. 1, 2018.

CMS announced the delay of the program, titled the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model, this week in the Federal Register.

The bundled-payment program would allow approximately 1,120 acute care hospitals in 98 designated markets to hold on to the savings they achieve if they spend less than the target price for a 90-day episode of care for bypass and heart attack patients. However, hospitals that exceed the target price must repay Medicare -- and target prices will be determined retrospectively.

CMS previously predicted that the program - which also covers knee and hip replacement - would save the federal government as much as $159 million between now and 2021. In 2014, the CMS said, heart attack treatment for 200,000 patients cost Medicare more than $6 billion.

The new Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tom Price, has been a critic of the program, objecting to the mandatory nature of the initiative. Seema Verma, the new CMS administrator, said during her confirmation hearing in February that she preferred a gradual expansion of new payment models, Cardiovascular Business reported.

The CMS announcement said an additional three-month delay is necessary to allow time for additional review, "to ensure that the agency has adequate time to undertake notice and comment rulemaking to modify the policy if modifications are warranted, and to ensure that in such a case participants have a clear understanding of the governing rules and are not required to take needless compliance steps."

CMS added that participants would have more time to prepare for these models with the delay and that it would be preferable for payment periods to align with the calendar year. As a result, the CMS said, it is seeking comment on delaying the bundles until January 2018.

 

From one hospital to another, the cost of treating heart attack patients varies by as much as 50 percent. Does your hospital have a plan to meet the target prices for bypass and heart attack patients? LUMEDX's Cardiovascular Performance Program can help. Click here to find out how.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/28/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

An Ideal Transition: Multi-Campus Rollout of Echo CVIS at Orlando Health

A new case study from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology reveals how Orlando Health has implemented LUMEDX's physician structured reporting and image management solution across five campuses. The new system has allowed Orlando Health to reduce report turnaround time, standardize the workflow, and support quality improvement programs.

What Exactly is "Population Health," Anyway?

Healthcare IT News discusses the definition of population health with a group of industry experts, including hospital CEOs, doctorpreneurs, startup executives, and more. The CEO of St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, N.H., Richard Boehler, MD calls population health: "... the ability of a provider to effectively manage the healthcare needs of a defined group across the continuum of services either through direct provision of care or through structured relationships with other providers."

Infographic: The Future of Clinical & Business Intelligence in Healthcare

A new infographic from the HIMSS Analytics 2015 Clinical & Business Intelligence Study has found that there has been a 6% increase in the number of healthcare organizations using a C&BI solution since 2013. Additionally, 52% of those polled said that they currently use their EHR/HIS vendor for C&BI. 

Report Includes Bypass, Heart Failure in Hospital Ratings

According to Cardiovascular Business, U.S. News and World Reports now bundles heart bypass and other operations with the conditions congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in a rating called "Best Hospitals for Common Care." The new rating breaks hospitals down into three categories: high, average, and below performers. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/14/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Healthcare Big Data Analytics: From Description to Prescription 

According to Health IT Analytics, many providers still struggle to understand how big their data is, and how to collect and use it effectively. To manage their data, healthcare organizations need to understand the three types of analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive. 

Four Ways Hospitals are Improving Behavioral Health Care

Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine discusses the different ways in which healthcare organizations are improving behavioral health care. Mental health management relies on behavioral health strategies that improve access to care while taking the burden off of emergency departments. 

Physician Education for ICD-10

​Diagnostic Imaging reports on the implementation of ICD-10, which is scheduled to go into effect in October of this year. Healthcare systems and physicians will need to begin training their staff, using the following training modalities: in-person training, online training, webinar training, and more. 

A Survey on the State of Clinical Decision Support 

A recent survey by LogicNets and HIMSS shows that over 50% of respondents are using or have established plans to acquire a clinical decision support (CDS) capablitiy within the next 24 months. The survey respondents stated that they were using CDS for: reducing errors, improving efficiency, standardization, and cost-savings. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 2:05:00 PM Categories: analytics EHR health IT HHS HIE HIMSS HIT ICD-10 industry news mobile devices training

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/07/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Will Healthcare Data Analytics Suffer if DeSalvo Leaves ONC? 

According to Healthcare IT Analytics, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, may soon move from her role as the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT (ONC) to become the HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. In her short time at the ONC, DeSalvo has overseen early attestations for Stage 2 meaningful use while promoting interoperability, clinical analytics, and population health management. 

HHS, USDA Invest $1B in Rural Health, Care Coordination 

The Department of Health and Human Services is working with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to financially support rural communities as they take on health IT improvement projects including EHR adoption, health information exchange, telehealth services, and more. 

Health IT Holds the Promise to Help Improve Health

In a column for Health IT Buzz, Chief Medical Officer of Million Hearts Thomas A Mason, MD, and Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, FACC, argue that a critical component of chronic disease management is EHR integration. In order to manage conditions like high blood pressure, healthcare providers must increase their use of EHRs, clinical analytics, and population health management programs. 

43% of Orgs use Clinical Decision Support for Patient Safety 

According to a HIMSS15 survey conducted by LogicNets, 43% of healthcare organizations believe that clinical decision support technology reduces the occurrence of errors. The study also found that a third of providers who already have CDS in place believe that it improves efficiency. Additionally, a recent ONC study found that automatic medication calculators reduced dosage errors between 37-80%.

Best of Health IT News: Week of 03/12/15 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

And if you're attending ACC.15 in San Diego this week, be sure to stop by LUMEDX Booth #523! Schedule a meeting here

ACC 2015 Scientific Sessions: Contemporary Cardiology Embellished With San Diego Sunshine 

Medscape reports on ACC.15, taking place from March 14-16, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The conference will cover the latest trials and discussions on issues facing cardiology every day, including studies exploring imaging modalities for chest pain, optimal antiplatelets post PCI and in chronic CAD, and much more. 

How CPOE Can Reduce Length of Stay 

According to Health IT News, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) can help reduce length of stay when used in conjunction with bedside bar coding and electronic health records. A study published in Applied Clinical Informatics in July 2014 found that 63% of the reduction in LOS correlated with the rise in CPOE. 

Study: Patients Would Change Healthcare Providers Over Security Concerns

A study sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance found that 79% of respondents considered it important for providers to protect their information. 48% stated that they would consider changing healthcare providers if their medical records were stolen or lost. 

Next Generation ACO Launched by CMS, Tightens Financial Benchmarks

Healthcare Finance reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new model of accountable care organization called The Next Generation ACO. Participants of this program will have more predictable financial targets as well as goals linked to patient engagement. 

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/18/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Dell Study: Global Healthcare IT Leaders Eye Cloud 

According to Executive Biz, a survey conducted by Dell on global technology adoption has found that a majority of IT decision-makers at midside healthcare organizations have either adopted or are planning to adopt cloud computing. Reasons cited for moving to the cloud include cost efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, and data center optimization. 

Meaningful Use Numbers Show Signs of Life, Groups Still Lobby for Relief

Healthcare IT News reports that although Stage 2 meaningful use numbers have gone up, many providers are still struggling and have requested a shorter 90-day reporting period. The data shows that more than half of eligible providers will face penalties in 2015. 

Hospital-Acquired Conditions Mean Medicare Penalties for 700-Plus Hospitals 

According to Modern Healthcare, more than 700 hospitals will see penalties to their Medicare payments in fiscal year 2015 as a part of a federal program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program penalizes hospitals based on adverse events that occur during hospitals stays. 

As Health Data Volume Grows, CIOs Must Prioritize Governance Strategies, Analytics 

A report from EMC and research firm IDC predicts that by 2020, the volume of data will grow to 2,314 exabytes. IDC Health Insights Research Vice President Lynn Dunbrack believes that healthcare CIOs should focus on identifying who the data belongs to and building a consensus on data definitions. "Healthcare CIOs do need to gain control over these shadow IT initiatives to ensure they do not introduce compliance and security risks," says Dunbrack. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:38:00 PM Categories: CMS data EHR HHS HIT hospital management industry news

Best of Health IT News: Week of 12/11/14 

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What Factors Influence Physician EHR Adoption? 

A recent data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) found that 80% of physician surveyed said that they were already using an EHR or planned to implement the technology. The survey also found that primary care physicians and larger physician practices are more likely to adopt EHRs. 86% of multispecialty practices used an EHR as compared with 76% of single-specialty practices. 

Hospital Groups Call for Avoiding Another ICD-10 Delay 

EHR Intelligence reports that a group of hospital and health system associations have signed a petition asking Congress to avoid another ICD-10 delay. These groups include the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and America's Essential Hospitals. 

HHS Will Push Broader Reach for Information Technology 

According to Modern Healthcare, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has created a new plan that focuses on improving the penetration of healthcare IT beyond hospitals and physician practices. The new plan also takes into account long-term and post acute care, behavioral health, community-based care, and other populations.

CMS: Meaningful Use Payments Tops $25.7B 

As of December 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has paid out over $25.7B in meaningful use payments to eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals. Despite this, less than 35% of the national's hospitals have met Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014 9:20:00 AM Categories: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS EHR health IT HHS HIT hospitals ICD-10 industry news

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

Our National Health IT Week blog topics are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Learn about why data analytics is a growing segment of the healthcare technology industry, and how providers can use analytics to monitor performance and drive quality improvement initiatives
  • Wednesday, Sept. 17: Prepare for the new ICD-10 compliance date with information about documentation changes that will impact cardiology departments
  • Thursday, Sept. 18: Read about how The Christ Hospital Health Network is using technology to support quality improvement initiatives

And on Twitter:

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Patrick Cambas, Vice President of Consulting and Strategic Services at LUMEDX, will weigh in during the @HIMSS Twitter Chat on September 19, 9am PT/11am CT/Noon ET. The discussion will focus on successes, pain points, and the future of defining and realizing health IT value. Join us on Twitter @LUMEDX

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

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Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study

According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. 

ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones 

Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health information." 

California Health Care Exchange to Share 9 Million Patient Record Online 

This week, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) announced that it plans to develop a statewide health information exchange. The exchange will use innovative technology to connect healthcare providers and securely share 9 million patient records.

HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Compliance Deadline

According to Healthcare IT News, the Department of Health and Human Services has finalized the new ICD-10 compliance date as October 1, 2015. The deadline for ICD-10 had initially been set at a deadline of October 1, 2014, which healthcare organizations were struggling to meet. Learn more about how LUMEDX can prepare your hospital for ICD-10 here

Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:03:00 AM Categories: EHR health information exchange healthcare today HHS HIE HIT industry news Lumedx ONC Washington

Best of Health IT News: Week of 05/15/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss.

Interoperability Beyond Doom and Gloom 

Healthcare IT News reports that the number of hospitals engaging in health information exchange has been trending upwards since 2008, with 62% of hospitals electronically exchanging health information with providers out of their system during the year 2013. 

Studies Suggest Remote Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes

According to iHealthBeat, two studies presented at the recent Heart Rhythm Society meeting suggest that in patients with implanted cardiac devices, remote monitoring does improve patient outcomes. Remote monitoring is correlated with lower risks of mortality and hospital readmission. 

Workgroup Proposes EHR Criteria 

Health Data Management reports that the Health IT Policy Committee's Certification and Adoption Workgroup is working on a draft set of voluntary EHR certification criteria for behavioral health and long-term and post-acute care settings. 

Personal Health Connectivity Will Pervade by 2025: Report 

A recent report from the Pew Research Center Internet Project cites that a majority of technology experts believe that by 2025, there will be a "global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric." The report predicts that home and personal health monitors will be widespread by that date. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:50:00 AM Categories: analytics cardiology data EHR health information exchange HHS HIE HIT industry news
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