January 3, 2014
The New York Times published an article this week, highlighting some of the outrageous codes included in the new ICD-10 set. The article also featured quotes from healthcare providers across the country, many of which express serious concerns about the quickly approaching deadline and the competing priorities in their hospitals. This comes as no surprise given the results of our survey, conducted this past fall. The question is, what will it take for providers to meet the deadline that is only nine months away?
The Journal of Health Services Research published results of a study involving over 3,000 physicians that explore physicians’ experiences with EHRs. The results show that in general, physicians are seeing the benefits of electronic health records. It appears that physicians with more experience report higher levels of satisfaction, which supports the reality that the benefits of EHRs are not seen immediately, but over time, can positively impact healthcare.
In the theme of the new year, FierceHealthIT took the time to interview professionals from several areas of health IT about their primary priorities in the upcoming year. What they found was an emphasis on HIPAA, Accountable Care, and Meaningful Use / MIPS. It appears that 2014 will be a year focused on data collection, protection, and integration.
This week, Modern Healthcare published a visual timeline illustrating the health IT milestones of 2013. It provides an interesting look at federal regulations addressed last year and the impact of the Obama Administration on healthcare. Some highlights include fights over and the rollout of Obamacare, the resignation of Farzad Mostashari, the naming of a new National Coordinator for Health IT, and the delay of Meaningful Use / MIPS Stage 2.