Electronic Medical Records

Navigating state and federal requirements on computerized patient records and other healthcare data. 
Seventy-four percent of primary care providers in the commonwealth ask their patients about behavioral health concerns.
MHA is encouraging its membership to weigh in on recommendations for possible changes to the 2021 state Aligned Measure Set.
Collective Medical has announced that it is expanding its capabilities to help in the fight against sepsis in hospitals.
The deadline to submit 2019 data for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program is March 2, 2020.
The fight against opioid use disorder (OUD) is about to get a new tool that will make it easier for physicians in hospitals to review risky controlled substances history of patients.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) weighed in, to a limited extent, on the five-star hospital rating system.
The CONNECT for Health Act would expand access to telehealth for Medicare patients.
AG Healey will present a report at this week’s HPC trends hearing showing that policymakers should curb their expectations about online price transparency tools .
Caregivers and patients spoke at a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services last Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing regarding telemedicine.
The federal government signaled last week that is moving to ban flavored e-cigarettes from the market.
The HPC released preliminary data showing that there has been an increase in high-acuity discharges from Massachusetts hospitals driven by changing coding practices.
Last Wednesday, the Public Health Council signed off on the final e-prescribing regulations, which go into effect on December 27, 2019.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a proposed rule to revise the regulations which serve to protect patient records for the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) patients.
The Betsy Lehman Center, a state agency that supports providers, patients and policymakers on patient safety issues, today published its latest report on opportunities for quality improvement in healthcare settings.
DPH is proposing regulations that will require almost every prescription generated in Massachusetts to be issued in a federally compliant electronic format as opposed to being written on a paper pad.
Changing the EHR from a Liability to an Asset to Reduce Physician Burnout includes more than a dozen practical EHR optimization techniques an organization can take to improve the usability of the EHR and its associated workflows to reduce the adminis
More than 300 people attended MHA’s 52nd Annual Mid-Winter Leadership Forum last Thursday in Framingham.
MHA, ONL and others are strongly supporting a bill that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licensure Compact.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) last week laid out its 2019 public policy agenda.

Resources

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