MACRA 2018 Proposed Rule Update

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 gave rise to the CMS Quality Payment Program.  In 2017 CMS provided options that allow clinicians to avoid penalties under MACRA fairly easily.   CMS released a Proposed Rule for the Quality Payment Program for the 2018 reporting year in June of 2017....

HIT Certificate Program Reaches Over 1,000 Graduates

The University of Texas at Austin Health Information Technology (HIT) Certificate Program has reached a milestone. Earlier this year the number of students to graduate from the program has exceeded 1000. Approximately 50 to 55 students graduate from each class and the program is offered three times each...

Privacy Plenary Panel – EHRs and HIEs

Video of panel discussion from 2011 ▶ CFP11 Day 1 Electronic Health Records and Health Information Exchanges – YouTube This plenary will “draw back the curtain” to examine how electronic health records (EHRs) and data exchanges will affect privacy in the US. The federal government is...

SNOMED CT Article Published – Journal of AHIMA

Michael Stearns, MD coauthored an article that was published in the Journal of AHIMA in November 2014 that compares ICD-10-CM to SNOMED CT. A link to the article is available here (scroll down to “What’s the Difference” and you can go directly to the full article with AHIMA log in...

Ebola and Flu Season – Dangerous Combination

The Ebola virus is present in blood, saliva, mucous, vomit, feces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine, nasal secretions, and semen.  It can live for several hours on common services like door handles and clothing. It can survive for several days within body fluids such as blood. Ebola’s primary symptoms...

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