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2,573 hospitals will face readmission penalties this year. Is yours one of them?

Medicare under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) will reduce reimbursement for 2,573 hospitals for fiscal year (FY) 2018, according CMS data released Wednesday, Jordan Rau reports for Kaiser Health News. Read More

by Ensocare in Affordable Care Act, Medicare Readmission Penalties

Epic Announces Capability to Let Patients Share Their Records

Patients whose records are accessible through the portal offered through Epic electronic health records systems will be able to authorize any clinician to have a glimpse into their records, no matter what EHR system they’re using. Read More

by Ensocare in EHRs, Interoperability

Study: Preferred Skilled Nursing Facility Networks Can Lead to Greater Readmission Rate Reductions

Hospitals referring patients to a preferred network of skilled nursing facilities reduced readmissions for those patients by a greater rate than hospitals that offered a wider list for patients to choose from, according to a new study. Read More

by Ensocare in Reducing Readmissions, Narrow Networks

3 mandatory bundles will likely be canceled, a 4th scaled back: What you need to know

On Tuesday afternoon (August 15) CMS issued a proposed rule that would cancel three mandatory bundled payment programs, significantly roll back a fourth, and cancel a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment mode. Three Advisory Board experts share their takeways. Read More

by Ensocare in Affordable Care Act, Value-based payment models

4 Key Health Drivers That Will Influence IT Strategy

HealthData Management's Bill Fox details four key drivers that can be viewed as opportunities to sculpt a long-term IT investment strategy. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare IT

CMS Finalizes 90-day Reporting for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cemented a 90-day reporting period for attesting to meaningful use of electronic health records, part of a variety of flexibilities for hospitals and physicians in a final rule published Wednesday. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare Reform

How Care Management, Care Coordination Differ in Health IT

The terms “care management” and “care coordination” are starting to take on slightly different flavors in the health IT world as software companies create new offerings for the growing value-based care marketplace, says a new report by Chilmark Research. Read More

by Ensocare in Care Coordination

Interoperability, EHR usability top priorities for ONC

Under the Trump administration, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will be focusing on reducing the burden of EHR usability on healthcare providers as well as seeking to improve interoperability among clinical systems. Read More

by Ensocare in Healthcare Reform

CMS delays rule to improve home health agency care

Home health agencies are getting an additional six months to prepare for a new CMS rule aimed at improving quality and patient care. The rule, first proposed by the Obama administration, required new training for staff and administrators and more coordination of care. Industry stakeholders asked the CMS for more time... Read More

by Ensocare in Care Coordination

Cerner CEO Neal Patterson Dies from Cancer at Age 67

Neal Patterson, co-founder of Cerner, died Sunday, July 9. We join the many in the health IT industry who mourn his loss and offer our respect and sympathy to his family and colleagues. Read More

by Ensocare