Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• To recover from COVID-19’s financial downturn and to improve patient outcomes, health care organizations are prioritizing health IT and EHR optimization. According to a recent survey, EHR optimization is a big-ticket item for most CIOs in 2021, with nearly 60 percent saying that getting the most out of existing IT purchases, like EHR systems, is their health care organization’s biggest financial goal post-COVID-19. Read More
• The root causes of nursing burnout are varied, as are potential solutions for it, but given that nurses are frequently responsible for clinical documentation, it's perhaps not surprising that reducing documentation burden is frequently cited as a key strategy for fighting burnout. Whether it's through automating pieces of documentation or by taking an outside-the-box look at workflows, fighting burnout associated with EHR should be a high priority for health care organizations this year. Read More
• CMS announced it will be reweighting the cost performance category under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) from 15 percent to zero percent for the 2020 performance period to provide additional COVID-19 relief and account for the lack of reliable data. Those points will be redistributed to other categories and will impact reimbursements paid out to eligible clinicians in 2022. Read More
• Consumers might assume their health care providers are securely maintained, HIPAA-guarded fortresses. They might also expect to be made aware if and when those protections were breached, especially by criminals, but that is not necessarily the case. Without more security and transparency, health care organizations run the risk of damaging one of health care’s most valuable assets — patient trust. Read More
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