Monthly Archives: August 2011

Quality Defined by Patient Experience

Anthony Cirillo            Hospital Impact             August 201 Researchers measured a 30-day readmission rates at roughly 2,500 hospitals and found that patient satisfaction scores were more closely linked with fewer 30-day re-admissions than clinical performance measures. The study was performed by … Continue reading

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National HIPAA 5010 Testing Week: Will Enough Health Organizations Be Ready

Tom Sullivan                         GovernmentHealth IT             August 2011 The first National HIPAA Testing Day that the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held came and went. Only some organizations were ready and CMS has not said much. The … Continue reading

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10 Mistakes Accountable Care Organizations Still Make

Ken Terry             Informationweek             August 2011 A new article about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the Journal of the American Medical Association, two health policy experts reaffirm the importance of health IT, including electronic health records (EHRs), in building … Continue reading

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GAO Tells CMS to Make Quality Reporting More Reliable

GAO is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to strengthen its approach to physician quality reporting. Specifically, GAO is recommending that CMS be more methodical in order for the reports to be more reliable. In addition, GAO … Continue reading

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EHR Certification Roster

There are a number of products that have acquired EHR certification. “Complete” EHR certification means a product supports all ambulatory or inpatient meaningful use requirements. “Modular” EHR certification means an ancillary application meets one or more requirements. For a complete … Continue reading

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