VA Plans to Digitize Vietnam Records to Support Mental Health Claims, Treatment

The Department of Veterans Affairs is hoping to process the claims for Vietnam-era veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder by digitizing combat records previously kept on paper.

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Absence of EHRs in Mental Health, SUD Treatment Hinders Opioid Interventions

Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.

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Senator Warns VA About Risks of Outdated EHRs

A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.

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Health IT Groups Anxiously Await Information-Blocking Regulations

One of the key hurdles to interoperability is information blocking—both defining it on a federal level and proposing solutions so the private sector can do its own part in addressing technology through innovation. Now, the private sector has grown frustrated by government delays in meeting the goals of the 21st Century Cures Act’s deadlines.

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Patients Adding Psychiatric Advance Directives to Medical Records
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Patients Adding Psychiatric Advance Directives to Medical Records

Even if they have not encountered them in practice yet, health information management professionals may want to familiarize themselves with documents called psychiatric advance directives, a tool mental health professionals are using to help patients receive better care.

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Benefits Outweigh Downside When Giving Cancer Patients Access to Doctors’ Notes

The movement to give patients electronic access to doctors’ notes continues to gain momentum, as additional studies garner positive feedback from participating patients.

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