EHRs Could Improve Insurance Utilization and Outcomes

Electronic health records have the potential to improve health insurance utilization and care continuity among low-income individuals, a new study suggests.

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ONC Releases Final Health IT Patient Safety Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is contracting with the Joint Commission to address patient safety concerns, according to the final patient safety plan released in July.

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Medicaid Receives First Quality Measures

The Department of Health and Human Services has released the first quality measures for the Medicaid program. The initial set of 26 measures is intended to align with existing quality programs. Reporting will be voluntary and is not schedule to begin until December 2013.

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“A Meaningless Record”

Writing in 1935, Dorothy E. Fressle argued for a record that “reflects a true story of the patient’s history and a clear picture of procedures actually carried out in the course of his treatment.” If her vision sounds commonplace today, this article from the archives offers a fresh reminder of the profession’s foundational work improving the quality of care through a meaningful patient record.

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Advancing Quality and Patient Safety Initiatives

Providers are no longer islands of information, and this has created new data standardization, capture, and validation challenges. HIM professionals are ideally positioned to help their organizations leverage information to improve patient care quality and safety.

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