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HIMSS Predictions Are Pretty Easy to Predict

Around this time every year, HIMSS and its analytics team begin to release a barrage of materials to support its message initiatives of the annual HIMSS conference and tradeshow. As such, 2017 being no different, HIMSS Analytics recently released its “Essentials Brief,” the 2016 Year in Review and 2017 through 2018 HIT Demand Forecasts. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Study Shows More Care Organizations Moving Toward Telemedicine

According to U.S. News & World Report the benefits of telemedicine include: convenience, cost efficiency and less time in the waiting room. The three most common downsides are: electronic glitches, physician resistance and inadequate assessment where certain nonverbal cues might get missed. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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More Alignment Needed for MACRA and Meaningful Use: CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued an encyclopedia-sized document (eight pages, actually) as public comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the tome, CHIME strongly requests of the feds several actions on potentially major developments, including meaningful use, on MACRA and on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM). [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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The Effects of the ICD-10 Transition

If you've ever been on the billing and coding side of a medical practice, chances are you've heard a version of this question: "what do we call this for billing?" On the other hand, during peer-to-peer conversations, healthcare practitioners seem to explain clinical scenarios very well. What happens in this daily process that converts such a detailed description into something like "unspecified abdominal pain”?

 
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William Rusnak, MD (@RusnakMD) is a resident physician in diagnostic radiology, financial investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He writes about topics such as healthcare information technology, data science, biotechnology, and prevention of chronic disease. With his involvement in several emerging healthcare companies, he is actively attempting to bridge the gap between medicine and information technology.

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The Transition to ICD-10: Who made it happen?

We decided to dig a little deeper into the forces behind the transition to ICD-10. Not surprisingly, one of the largest proponents of the new codes were government organizations. However, non-governmental organizations like insurance companies, patient advocacy groups, and health information technology associations also played a large role in the shift.  Let's take a look.

 
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William Rusnak, MD

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William Rusnak, MD (@RusnakMD) is a resident physician in diagnostic radiology, financial investor, writer, and entrepreneur. He writes about topics such as healthcare information technology, data science, biotechnology, and prevention of chronic disease. With his involvement in several emerging healthcare companies, he is actively attempting to bridge the gap between medicine and information technology.

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President-Elect Trump Positions His Healthcare Plans Despite Concerns

Businessman Donald J. Trump did something no one expected of him: He became President-elect Donald J. Trump.

For most of the world, Trump’s win was a shock. Now he’s going about his time building a cabinet, setting forth his presidential agenda and making plants for what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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One-Third of Provider Using Health Data Exchange

Will we ever truly care about health data exchange? Will exchanging information easily and securely ever really be a major issue for those in healthcare that could actually handle such a task? Ideally, the answer is yes. Electronic health records partly owe their success to such promises. But, according to the recent data, physician practices “struggle” with health data exchange. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Cybersecurity Issues Everywhere: CHIME and AEHIS Report to Task Force

The College of Health Information Management Executives and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security recently published a cybersecurity report that the Department of Health and Human Services Cybersecurity Task Force reviewed. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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KLAS: Interoperability? Not So Much

Not sure KLAS research needs to tell us this, but electronic health records are not interoperabile. That said, the firm’s most recent report has received significant enough coverage to merit its findings newsworthy, so we get into it here. According to the report, most healthcare providers say they agree that more work needs to be done to achieve impactful record exchange. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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MACRA Details Still Coming, CMS Invests in Education and Promotion

MACRA is coming despite the fact that most physicians don’t know a thing about it. In other words, big changes are coming and one-half of US physicians according to a July report published by Deloitte.don’t know what it is. [cont...]

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Scott Rupp

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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