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Pri-Med and Amazing Charts Unveil New Technology to Address Clinician Dissatisfaction With Electronic Health Records

Pri-Med InLight™ EHR Is the First Commercially Available System to Feature Intuitive, Problem-Oriented Workflow to Help Clinicians Save Time and Improve Patient Care

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – September 12, 2014) – DBC Pri-Med LLC, the leading provider of professional medical education to a community of more than 260,000 clinicians, today announced the release of Pri-Med InLight EHR. This latest advancement is the first problem-oriented, clinical documentation system designed to increase professional satisfaction and improve patient outcomes by enabling clinicians to deliver higher quality care more efficiently.

Rob Tholemeier, Director of Chilmark Research, a global research and advisory firm that focuses solely on the market for HIT solutions, said: “Current EHRs look like they were designed for back-office staff, not physicians making life or death decisions. There is a gaping need for a new approach to clinical documentation that actually enhances the practice of medicine. From the demos I’ve seen, Pri-Med InLight appears to bring a new level of intelligence to EHRs by learning from you as you practice, and then organizing and presenting information in a way that actually enhances interaction with patients instead of detracting from it.”

InLight combines the highly-rated usability features of Amazing Charts with a pioneering problem-oriented medical record developed at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the legacy of Pri-Med’s world-class medical education. The key breakthrough is a problem-oriented workflow that organizes information more intuitively, making it faster and easier for clinicians to use. Advantages include:

  • Easy to Use - Pri-Med InLight is a thinking EHR. InLight learns as clinicians practice and then anticipates their needs, providing the right information when they need it. Innovative features, such as the physician-friendly problem vocabulary and one-click ordering, make InLight powerful yet incredibly easy to use.
  • Saves Time – Pri-Med InLight minimizes the distractions of documentation and coding so clinicians can focus on face-to-face interaction with patients and deliver high-quality care. InLight users can access information in a fraction of the time of most current EHRs, giving them more time facing patients and less time facing a screen.
  • Improves Patient Care – Pri-Med InLight improves the hand-off of patients between primary care and specialists for continuity of shared care. Point-of-care medical education, tailored to patients’ specific needs, helps clinicians make more informed clinical decisions.

“Until now, most EHR systems have been seen as a burden, feeding a rising tide of professional dissatisfaction,” said Dr. John Goodson, staff internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “They create a barrier to patients, and keep clinicians in the office late completing charts. Pri-Med InLight not only solves these issues but also gives clinicians new tools for better patient care.”

“We set out to pioneer an electronic health record that is uniquely designed to think the way doctors think and help them make sound medical decisions,” said John Mooney, founder and CEO of Pri-Med. “Built by clinicians for clinicians, InLight is problem-oriented so clinicians can be people-oriented.”

For more information, please visit www.inlightehr.com.

About Pri-Med
Pri‐Med is an operating division of Diversified Communications. Based in Boston, Mass., the organization has been a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. Through live meetings in over 30 U.S. cities and online at www.pri-med.com, clinicians rely on Pri‐Med for opportunities to engage with local peers, meet internationally renowned faculty, and participate in world‐class educational activities. In 2012, Pri-Med purchased Amazing Charts, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) to independent medical practices. Amazing Charts operates as an independent operating subsidiary of Pri-Med. For more information, visit: www.amazingcharts.com.

September 12, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

M*Modal Launches Comprehensive Outpatient Medical Coding Services

Outsourced coding enables healthcare providers to optimize HIM resources and manage transition to ICD-10

Franklin, Tenn. – September 10, 2014 – To help the healthcare industry address medical coder shortages in advance of the ICD-10 mandate, while preserving accurate revenue realization, M*Modal today announced the availability of comprehensive outpatient medical coding services. M*Modal’s technology-enabled services program combines coding experts with advanced cloud-based solutions to deliver quality results with fast-turn-around time, enabling organizations to offload high-volume outpatient coding, increase productivity and improve their cash flows.

Outpatient services is the fastest growing healthcare segment in terms of spending, according to the Health Care Cost Institute. Using AHIMA-certified coding experts, M*Modal’s outpatient coding program delivers high-quality, accurate coding for all outpatient areas, including Observation, Ambulatory Surgery, Emergency Department/Urgent Care, Specialty and Diagnostic.

“Qualified coding professionals are in short supply, and HIM departments face an ongoing challenge to stay ahead of coding and ICD-10 demands,” said Matt Jenkins, SVP and General Manager of HIM Services at M*Modal. “M*Modal’s outpatient coding services offer a cost-effective way for organizations to offload routine coding and move their existing coding resources onto critical inpatient and ICD-10 preparation programs.”

In a recent AHIMA and eHealth Initiative survey of healthcare providers, 50% identified lack of staff as a top concern to meet ICD-10 demands. ICD-10 is a revised standard that reflects a seven-fold increase in the number of potential code assignments. Many organizations lack the coding staff to manage their discharged not final billed (DNFB) coding requirements, as well as support the dual-coding and end-to-end testing programs needed to prepare for ICD-10’s rollout in October 2015.

M*Modal is one of the largest transcription and coding services providers in the U.S., providing credentialed coding resources to hospitals, clinics and practices for nearly 20 years. M*Modal offers essential coding services – including staffing, auditing and education – to hospitals looking outside their organization to manage resources. In addition, M*Modal’s cloud-based technology platform ensures a unified workflow for delivering high-quality, compliant documentation.

“Accurate billing begins with accurate and complete clinical documentation. By partnering with M*Modal for transcription, clinical documentation technology and coding services, HIM departments can optimize a unified workflow which yields superior physician satisfaction, more complete patient information and higher productivity from the revenue cycle process,” said Mr. Jenkins.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

September 10, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Patient IO Care Plan Platform Announces Integration with Apple HealthKit

Combined offering allows providers to automatically import critical health data into patient care plans

September 10, 2014 (Austin, Texas) – Filament Labs today announced the integration of its Patient IO care delivery platform with Apple’s newly announced HealthKit, enhancing the ability of health professionals to manage patient health behaviors between doctor visits. Integrating HealthKit with the Patient IO platform will allow providers to automatically pull critical health data from a patient’s HealthKit-supported device and import the details directly into the patient’s individual care plan.

“We are excited to be one of the first companies to offer a patient engagement platform integrated with Apple’s HealthKit,” said Filament Labs CEO and Cofounder Jason Bornhorst. “Having a patient’s care plan automatically populated with current, accurate and complete data will help providers monitor patient adherence to treatment plans and in turn improve patient outcomes.”

Patient IO helps health professionals create personalized care plans that can be seamlessly delivered to patients outside of the clinic setting. The platform’s mobile care plans enable patient self-care and unlock superior data insights about adherence and patient health outside the clinic.

For patients, Patient IO enables doctors to deliver treatment-specific tasks, reminders and educational content directly to patients’ or their caregivers’ smartphones. Patient IO synthesizes multiple care plans from multiple providers into a unified set of daily tasks for the patient. Health professional can review submitted health information in real-time as patients complete their care plan.

“The integration between Patient IO and Apple’s HealthKit allows patients to provide their care team with real-time health information updates, such as glucose levels and blood pressure, without having to launch the Patient IO app,” said Colin Anawaty, Filament Labs Chief Product Officer and Cofounder. “Providers can then be automatically alerted should a patient require their increased attention.”

Patient IO is a drop-in solution for care plan delivery that works seamlessly with third-party health IT solutions. Using the Patient IO API, other healthcare IT vendors can take advantage of Apple’s HealthKit by sending their patient care plans through the Patient IO platform.

Filament Lab will launch the integration of Patient IO with HealthKit following Apple’s release of iOS 8. Existing Patient IO providers will automatically receive the update, while prospective care team providers may contact Filament Labs to learn more about connecting HealthKit and their patient care plans.

About Patient IO:

Patient IO is a care plan delivery platform that helps health professionals create fully-customizable care plans that can be seamlessly delivered to patients outside the clinic. Patients receive treatment-specific tasks, reminders and educational content directly on their smartphones, helping health professionals manage patient health behaviors between doctor visits.

Patient IO is the flagship product of Filament Labs. The company was founded in March 2013 by CEO Jason Bornhorst (Mobiata, Expedia), Chief Product Officer Colin Anawaty (Plerts, Rev Worldwide), and CTO Brian Gambs (HealthShare, WebMD). They are joined by Head of Mobile Sebastian Celis (Mobiata, Expedia).

To learn more, please visit: http://www.patientio.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Defining the Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO (September 9, 2014) – Even with many competitors within an industry, it is in the interest of all industry participants to have a core culture of functionality that is interoperable. With this philosophy in mind, The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange sets the transformational stage for healthcare reform with a strong connection between health information exchange and interoperable exchange of patient health data.
The newer model of sustainability would be supported by a realignment of financial and policy incentives to support HIE, according to the white paper. This approach shifts away from the current system of provider incentives to purchase and implement EHRs and toward rewarding those vendors and stakeholders within the health marketplace who actively design for interoperability and demonstrably prove its value in practice.
“The imperative of health information exchange is now, but in the drive to move from EHRs to information exchange, several tasks still lay ahead. 
“HIMSS envisions a world where we move from static data to a liquid interoperable future, but to advance interoperability toward this goal, there are still challenging tasks ahead. Many of these tasks will require consensus building within the healthcare industry and the development of new policies, laws and ideas that have not yet been conceived or imagined. 
“Each task toward recognizing the business value of HIE also requires an understanding of the problems of the current status quo within health information technology, and a change in the U.S healthcare system to a “culture” of interoperability.” 
The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange, p. 18
“This report serves as a primer on our country’s growing national focus on health IT, prompted by President Bush’s 2004 executive order declaring EMR availability by 2014.  It provides a history from where we’ve come and identifies the challenges ahead for HIE, healthcare integration and interoperability,” said HIE Community member Charlie Rogers, CEO, CoreHealth Technologies Inc.
 “While it is too early to say, initial indicators see interoperability and health information exchange bringing value to healthcare in terms of outcomes, quality, patient engagement and other factors that indicate the investment is paying off,” said  Keith Salzman, MD, IBM, and member of HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence community.
“The connection between health information exchange and interoperability continues as a primary focus for HIMSS through the Interoperability Showcase – held around the world each year – as well as our tools and resources on health IT standards and interoperability. This new white paper extends our vision of better health through IT and demonstrates support for the Office of the National Coordinator’s current 10-year vision of establishing interoperable health IT networks,” says Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America.
• Download the white paper on the HIMSS’ website.
• Watch a video on the HIMSS YouTube channel featuring John Loonsk, MD, FACMI, HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model committee member, discussing the importance of adoption of interoperability and health IT.
About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.
HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
September 9, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

EPCS Gold Approaching 700,000 Controlled Substance E-Prescriptions Issued

Volume Represents an Estimated 60-Percent of All U.S. Controlled Substance Electronic Prescriptions to Date

Rockville, Md.– September 5, 2014

DrFirst, a leading provider of healthcare IT solutions, announced today that providers using the company’s EPCS GoldSM 2.0 controlled substance e-prescribing technology have issued more than 663,000 controlled substance prescriptions to date, and the company expects to surpass the 700,000 mark in mid-September.  This volume represents an estimated 60-percent of total U.S. electronic controlled substance prescriptions issued since 2010 and quantifies DrFirst’s position as the industry’s leading controlled substance e-prescribing solution.

E-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) was legalized at the Federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) interim final rule for e-prescribing of controlled substances.  EPCS is also legal at the State level in 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and beginning on March 27, 2015, New York will be the first state to mandate electronic prescribing for legend drugs and controlled substances through its Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing/Prescription Monitoring Program (I-STOP) legislation.

“The benefits of controlled substance e-prescribing are numerous, including preventing doctor shopping and drug diversion, streamlining prescribing workflows within practices, and enabling these prescriptions to be checked for clinical alerts at the time of prescribing,” said Peter Kaufman, M.D., chief medical officer for DrFirst.  “In light of our growing prescription drug epidemic and as evidenced by the growth we are seeing in the use of EPCS Gold, doctors now regard having controlled substance e-prescribing capability with a heightened sense of urgency.”

There is growing awareness of the prescription drug addiction problem in the U.S., evidenced most-recently by the DEA’s movement of hydrocodone combination drugs into the more-restrictive Schedule II classification in an effort to help stem misuse of such medications.  Controlled substances represent approximately 10 percent of all prescribed medications, however, the electronic processing of controlled substances is disproportionately more difficult than e-prescribing legend drugs, requiring additional technical and security certifications, identity proofing of providers, and two-factor authentication of a provider’s authorization to prescribed controlled substances electronically.

“More than 150 EMR and HIS systems have already contracted to integrate our technology within their systems, which will make controlled substance e-prescribing capability accessible to approximately 275,000 providers,” said G. Cameron Deemer, president of DrFirst.  “Given New York’s I-STOP regulation, the growth of EPCS-enabled pharmacies nationwide, and the proven effectiveness of EPCS Gold, we anticipate increasingly rapid adoption of our controlled substance e-prescribing technology over the coming year.”

For more information on the adoption and growth of controlled substance e-prescribing, download DrFirst’s report, “The Evolving Landscape for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) — An Industry Briefing for 2014,” at http://go.drfirst.com/EPCSreport2014.

To view the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality video, “AHRQ Health IT Success Stories – Forging a Pathway for E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances,” which chronicles the creation of EPCS Gold as the nation’s first controlled substance e-prescribing platform, visit http://www.drfirst.com/testimonials.jsp.

About DrFirst

DrFirst pioneers technology solutions that inform the doctor-patient point of encounter, optimizing provider access to patient information, enhancing the doctor’s clinical view of the patient, and improving care delivery and clinical outcomes.  Our growth is driven by a commitment to innovation, security and reliability across a wide array of services, including Medication Management, Medication Adherence, and Secure Care Coordination and Collaboration.  We are proud of our track record of service to more than 45,000 providers, 300 EMR/EHR/HIS system vendors, and 650 hospitals and other acute care facilities.  For more information please visit www.drfirst.com.

September 5, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

FDB Releases Medicare Part D Module to Support CMS Compliance

New drug knowledge helps Medicare Part D plan sponsors and claims processors efficiently comply with myriad drug coverage and participation rules

South San Francisco, CA – September 3, 2014 – First Databank (FDB), the leading provider of clinical drug knowledge that improves medication-related decisions and patient outcomes, today announced the release of the FDB Medicare Part D Module™. The new drug knowledge codifies several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) coverage rules, enabling Part D plan sponsors—and their claims processors and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), pharmacy providers, physicians, long-term care organizations and other related entities—to more easily and consistently manage existing and new CMS rules, as well as determine which of these existing rules apply to new drugs that enter the market.

Extensive Medicare Part D program oversight from CMS, including current policies and frequent changes aimed at providing improved services to its beneficiaries, has intensified the need for FDB customers and other stakeholders to access information that enables them to efficiently and effectively manage coverage and participation rules. The content in the FDB Medicare Part D Module is intended to be integrated into the computer systems of those entities that prescribe covered drugs, dispense prescriptions, adjudicate the prescription drug claims, and report on various coverage and quality of care measurements designed for efficient implementation of the Medicare Part D program.

The FDB Medicare Part D Module provides National Drug Code (NDC)-level information for the following:

  • Acetaminophen Quantity: Aids in the calculation of the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen to prevent accidental overdose.
  • Morphine Equivalent Doses: Aids in the conversion and calculation of the total morphine equivalent dose for opioid-containing drug products. This assists in determining if the morphine daily quantity threshold is exceeded.
  • Comprehensive NDC SPL Data Elements (NSDE) Information: Identifies drugs eligible for coverage under Medicare Part D using the following elements: NDC, Marketing Category, Marketing Start Date and Marketing End Date.
  • Short Cycle Dispensing: Facilitates the identification of drugs that are subject to the 14-day dispensing rules for pharmacies providing services to long-term care facilities.
  • Star Ratings: Provides medication listings that support CMS Medicare Part D quality of care initiatives and plan ratings.

“As Medicare Part D enrollment numbers continue to grow, so does the complexity of the regulations,” said Keith Fisher, RPh, market manager, FDB. “Our vision is to provide, in a single, convenient source, relevant information that plan providers need in order to keep pace with an ever-changing compliance environment. By using the FDB Medicare Part D Module to manage their Medicare Part D drug lists, our customers can enjoy peace of mind knowing they can focus their efforts on serving the needs of their patients and members.”

About First Databank (FDB)
FDB (First Databank), part of the Hearst Health network, is the leading provider of drug knowledge that helps healthcare professionals make precise medication-related decisions. With thousands of customers worldwide, FDB enables our information system developer partners to deliver a wide range of valuable, useful, and differentiated solutions. As the company that virtually launched the medication decision support category, we offer more than three decades of experience in transforming drug knowledge into actionable, targeted, and effective solutions that improve patient safety and healthcare outcomes. For a complete look at our solutions and services please visit http://www.fdbhealth.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Hearst Health
FDB is part of the Hearst Health network, which also includes Zynx HealthMCG (formerly Milliman Care Guidelines) and Homecare Homebase. The mission of the Hearst Health network is to help guide the most important care moments by delivering vital information into the hands of everyone who touches a person’s health journey. Each year in the U.S., care guidance from the Hearst Health network reaches 76% of discharged patients, 133 million insured individuals, 20 million home health visits, 1.88 billion retail pharmacy prescriptions and 3.26 billion prescription claims. Extensions of the Hearst Health network include Hearst Health Ventures and the Hearst Health Innovation Lab.

September 3, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

CHIME Statement on Finalization of Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule

From Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, President and CEO

This afternoon the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) finalized a regulation granting providers additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use (MU) requirements in 2014. However, the final rule lacked a key provision that would ensure continued EHR adoption and MU participation

CHIME is deeply disappointed in the decision made by CMS and ONC to require 365-days of EHR reporting in 2015. This single provision has severely muted the positive impacts of this final rule. Further, it has all but ensured that industry struggles will continue well beyond 2014.

Roughly 50% of EHs and CAHs were scheduled to meet Stage 2 requirements this year and nearly 85% of EHs and CAHs will be required to meet Stage 2 requirements in 2015. Most hospitals who take advantage of new pathways made possible through this final rule will not be in a position to meet Stage 2 requirements beginning October 1, 2014. This means that penalties avoided in 2014 will come in 2015, and millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines.

Nearly every stakeholder group echoed recommendations made by CHIME to give providers the option of reporting any three-month quarter EHR reporting period in 2015. This sensible recommendation, if taken, would have assuaged industry concerns over the pace and trajectory of rulemaking; it would have pushed providers to meet a higher bar, without pushing them off the cliff; and it would have ensured the long-term vitality of the program itself. Now, the very future of Meaningful Use is in question.

August 29, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

Rule will help more providers use electronic health record technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

“We listened to stakeholder feedback and provided CEHRT flexibility for 2014 to help ensure providers can continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs forward,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “We were excited to see that there is overwhelming support for this change.”

Based on public comments and feedback from stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified ways to help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) implement and meaningfully use Certified EHR Technology. Specifically, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015.

These updates to the EHR Incentive Programs support HHS’ commitment to implementing an effective health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers that care for patients.

The rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.

An updated meaningful use timeline and a chart with 2011 and 2014 CEHRT Edition options are available at http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-08-29.html.

For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, please visithttp://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. For more information about CEHRT, please visit http://www.healthit.gov/certification.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

VCS Merges With Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services

HOUSTON – AUGUST 26, 2014 – Vendor Credentialing Service (VCS), a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) based healthcare compliance and credentialing solutions, today announced a merger with Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services. The combination creates the leading provider of compliance and credentialing software covering all constituents of the healthcare community, including physicians, nurses, staff, vendors, contractors and payors. 

“Each of the three companies has an established leadership position in its respective field,” said Rick Pleczko, President and CEO of VCS. “With this merger, healthcare organizations now have a single source provider for all their credentialing and compliance needs, across their entire organization.” 
 
“We’re excited to join forces with VCS,” said Jim Cox, President of Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services. “The combination creates the clear leader in the industry, bringing together professionals with many years of experience in healthcare compliance with state of the art technology enabling our customers to quickly and easily solve their compliance and credentialing challenges.”


The combined company will be headquartered in Houston and will maintain operations out of Franklin, Tenn., formerly the Medkinetics and Payor Enrollment Services headquarters.


VCS is a portfolio company of The CapStreet Group, and Healthcare Growth Partners served as financial advisor to VCS and CapStreet.


Neil Kallmeyer, Managing Partner at The CapStreet Group, added, “The completion of the VCS and Medkinetics/Payor Enrollment Services merger represents VCS’s second acquisition in less than two years. We continue to pursue acquisition opportunities to further expand VCS’s product offering, solidifying the company’s position as the leading compliance and credentialing company in the healthcare industry.”

About VCS
Founded in 2006, VCS is an industry leader in compliance and credentialing Software as a Service solutions that help healthcare organizations mitigate risk and ensure compliance. For more information or to contact VCS, visit www.vcsdatabase.com or (866) 373-9725.

About Medkinetics
Founded in 1999, Medkinetics provides innovative Software as a Service solutions for healthcare organizations including provider credentialing, privileging, peer review, quality and performance improvement, and event reporting. Medkinetics’ solutions enable clients to see increased revenue, reduced cost, enhanced provider relations, and improved compliance. For more information about Medkinetics, visit www. Medkinetics.com

About Payor Enrollment Services
Payor Enrollment Services provides fast and accurate credentialing and enrollment of practices and providers with commercial and federal payors. Payor Enrollment Services streamlines processes using state of the art software – taking the burden off providers and enabling organizations to recognize reimbursements faster. For more information about Payor Enrollment Services, visit www.payorenrollment.com


About CapStreet
The CapStreet Group is a private equity firm founded in 1990 that invests in owner-managed, middle market companies headquartered in Texas and surrounding states.  CapStreet targets companies operating in diversified business service sectors, including healthcare, industrial distribution and industrial manufacturing businesses and partners with management teams and existing owners to accelerate growth and improve profitability.

About Healthcare Growth Partners
Healthcare Growth Partners (HGP) provides investment banking and strategic advisory services with an exclusive focus on health informatics and digital health. Since 2005, HGP has closed over 60 transactions representing over $1 billion in value, including sell-side, buy-side, and capital formation. The firm leverages its experienced management team, domain expertise, and deep network of contacts to provide efficient and high value processes for clients.

August 26, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Caradigm Offers Healthcare Providers Unlimited Identity and Access Management with Guaranteed Go-Live Dates

One annual price for Single Sign-On or Provisioning covers software, services, maintenance and integration with an unlimited number of applications 

BELLEVUE, WA – Aug. 25, 2014 – Caradigm, a population health company, today announced new Identity and Access Management (IAM) offerings designed to make it easier for healthcare organizations to control access to applications and patient data, even as their workforces and IT environments rapidly grow and change.

Built exclusively for healthcare, Caradigm® Identity and Access Management (IAM) – including Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning – enables healthcare organizations to protect against increasing security and compliance risk by safeguarding patient health information.  At the same time, Caradigm IAM enables healthcare organizations to give clinicians rapid access to the applications and patient data they need to perform their jobs.

New offerings for both Caradigm Single Sign-On and Caradigm Provisioning include:

  • Subscription-based pricing: Healthcare providers now can choose to pay a simple yearly subscription fee for the software, services, and support needed to manage IAM, and align their solution with their evolving IT portfolio.

 

  • Unlimited applications: Subscriptions include integration to an unlimited number of applications.  This means organizations can continue to add applications into their IAM solutions after going live.  And, as an organization’s applications are upgraded, Caradigm will make any agreed-upon changes.

 

  • Guaranteed go-live: Caradigm offers a 100% guaranteed go-live date and scope for customers opting to follow Caradigm’s proven deployment methodology.

According to Jim Campbell, vice president of IAM for Caradigm, “With radical changes in healthcare, providers are facing unprecedented challenges in both protecting and speeding access to patient data. Our customers tell us they need simplified IAM solutions that easily adapt to their new realities – new alliances and partnerships, staff changes, and changes in IT environments. Thanks to our deep experience and advances in IAM, we’re delighted to offer customers a new level of flexibility in addressing these challenges head on.”

Caradigm’s IAM portfolio includes the following:

Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations protect against increasing security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need.

Caradigm Single Sign-On (SSO) and Caradigm Context Management (CM) are designed to give clinicians faster access to healthcare applications and patient data while making it easier for organizations to protect patient privacy and system security. The solutions streamline workflows in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, automate management of clinical workstations and expedite compliance reporting. One-tap logoffs and timeouts eliminate the need for generic or shared credentials. Caradigm’s Privacy Auditor®, now included as an integral component in SSO and CM, provides a real-time audit trail of patient record access by user, application and location.

The new offerings are available immediately. Additional information about these offerings can be obtained by going to http://www.caradigm.com/en-us/contact-us/.

About Caradigm

Caradigm USA LLC is a healthcare analytics and population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in near-real time. This data asset serves as the foundation for a growing number of innovative healthcare applications developed by Caradigm and industry partners, providing rapid incremental value to customers. Visit: www.caradigm.com.

August 25, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.