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for: ‘Meaningful Use’

Telehealth Wins in Budget Deal; Fares Less Well in Pres. Budget

The 115th Congress continues to be a promising one for telehealth advocates, as last week’s passage of legislation to fund the government (and avert a shutdown) contained several pieces of very good news. As Fierce Healthcare and others first reported, the $400 billion continuing resolution incorporated the provisions of the bipartisan CHRONIC Care Act, which […]

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House Spending Measure Includes CHRONIC Care Act Provisions

Potential good news from Capitol Hill for telemedicine advocates: The House’s stopgap spending bill, which the chamber passed on Tuesday, includes the provisions of a key piece of telemedicine legislation. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, the continuing resolution would incorporate the provisions of the CHRONIC Care Act, which has earned the endorsement of a number of telemedicine advocacy […]

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EHRs and Rural Hospitals: Simpler is Better

One of the many health care-related challenges that Americans living in rural areas face is the staggering rate of hospital closures in recent years. Since 2010, 26 states have seen the closure of at least one rural hospital; put differently, the facilities have been closing at a rate of approximately one per month, leaving patients […]

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Rural Hospitals Struggle With EHRs, Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers and hospitals who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid, or who lack the resources to […]

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Which States Excel at EHR Adoption? (And Which Struggle?)

To risk stating the obvious, for many health care organizations these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. But according to a new study from think tank the Center for Data Innovation, some states have excelled when […]

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New Legislation Would Allow for More Flexibility on Meaningful Use

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009, meaningful use has helped encourage numerous health care organizations to integrate electronic health records (EHRs) into their practices. At the same time, it’s caused headaches among providers who have found the timeline for adoption to be too rapid. With that in mind, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) […]

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Improper Medicare Payments for Meaningful Use, Telehealth?

Have the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) been making improper payments to hospitals for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and for telehealth services? That’s the question that the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be considering. As Healthcare IT News […]

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