Healthcare News & Insights

EHRs won’t cut costs or improve care, med school professors say

Two medical school professors recently issued a warning about high expectations for health IT, claiming studies have shown technology won’t cut healthcare costs or improve care. 

Stage 2 Meaningful Use final rule released by feds

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of EHRs, with some changes made since the rule was first proposed. 

What’s in store for Stage 3 Meaningful Use?

Though many healthcare organizations are still focused on meeting Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements, the feds are getting ready to issue the rules for Stage 3. What might the checklist include? 

85% of doctors are satisfied with their EHR – or are they?

A recent federal study found that the majority of physicians are using electronic health record (EHR) systems, and nearly all are satisfied with their current software. But not everyone’s convinced the EHR picture is so rosy. 

Get ready for a Meaningful Use audit

Some healthcare providers receiving incentive payments for Meaningful Use of EHRs may find themselves subject to an audit soon. 

Stage 3 meaningful use recommendations could arrive in August

Many healthcare organizations are probably still trying to comprehend the new Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of electronic health records – and in fact, many are still struggling to meet the requirements in Stage 1. However, the rules for Stage 3 of meaningful use could be right around the corner. 

$5.7 billion in EHR incentives paid so far

Has your facility received any government funding for adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system? A lot of facilities have – and a lot of money has been handed out already. 

EHR goal surpassed: $5.7 billion in incentive payments made

Did your hospital share in the $5.7 billion in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program payments made?

Study: Doctors’ EHRs failing to meet meaningful use standards

One motivator behind healthcare organizations’ increasing EHR adoption is the possibility of receiving incentive payments from the federal government. However, a recent study of physicians in one state found that many are using EHR systems but falling short of federal standards. 

Experts: Don’t let meaningful use choose EHR system for you

To qualify for incentive payments, healthcare organizations must implement an electronic health record (EHR) system that is certified and can be used to meet the federal requirements for meaningful use of EHRs. But one group of experts warns hospitals and practices not to base their software decisions on the meaningful use rules.