- CMS, ONC release EHR Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification proposed rules
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released two proposed rules designed to improve care delivery and experience and enhance the sharing of electronic health information.
- Nearly 42% of adults have medication interaction risks
Problems related to medication are a common cause of preventable hospital readmissions. A new study has shed light on a big problem area—nearly half of all adults drink even though the medication they take interacts with alcohol.
- OIG, DOJ negotiate more than $2.3 billion in healthcare fraud settlements
The HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that the federal government won or negotiated more than $2.3 billion in healthcare fraud judgments and settlements in fiscal year (FY) 2014, according to a March 19 report.
- Q&A: CMS updates pass-through device list
Q: Did CMS grant pass-through status for any new devices in April?
- Tips to reduce medication-related readmissions
Medication errors or adverse drug interactions are a major cause of hospital readmissions. More people come back to the hospital after discharge due to medication problems than due to any other case. Adverse drug events are often linked to patients that either do not understand or do not following medication instructions, according to The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.
- Senators take aim at ONC Interoperability Roadmap
In a recent Health Affairs blog post, five U.S. senators criticized the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap and the $35 billion HITECH Act investment. The senators state that there is little evidence that the HITECH Act has lived up to its promises of increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and improving the quality of care.