Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) News
Read the latest news and headlines from the world of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) below.
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Jan. 8, 2013: For the seventh straight year, McKesson's Paragon® hospital information system (HIS) was named Best in KLAS® Community Hospital Information System in the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Software & Services report. Paragon's seven years in the No. 1 spot mark the most successive times that any product has earned Best in KLAS in this category.
Dec. 18, 2012: Setting a bold course for the future, Rideout Health plans to deploy Paragon®, McKesson's hospital information system (HIS), to equip hospital staff and clinicians with modern technology that also provides a highly competitive cost of ownership. With an expanded Rideout Regional Medical Center set to open in 2015, the northern California provider selected Paragon to support its objectives of driving better clinical, financial and operational performance across its growing facility.
McKesson Announces $1 Million Software Give-Away to Help Benevolent Physicians Bring Better Health to Patients Across America
Nov. 19, 2012: One good deed deserves another. McKesson Corporation is taking the philosophy to heart by giving more than $1 million worth of electronic health record software to physicians who provide charity care to the needy across the country. McKesson plans on providing McKesson Practice Choice™ software, a Web-based, integrated electronic health record (EHR) and practice management solution, to 100 physicians who provide unreimbursed healthcare to America's neediest citizens. The selected physicians will receive a free 26-month license to the software, which typically carries a $399 per month fee for each physician - making the total McKesson reward worth $1,037,400. The program aligns with McKesson's Better Health 2020™, a healthcare IT initiative designed to help healthcare providers achieve better patient care, better business health and better connectivity in their communities.
Nov. 6, 2012: Today McKesson announced it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire Emendo Ltd., whose CapPlan Predictive Capacity Planning solution equips healthcare providers to optimize operational performance by intelligently forecasting patient demand. CapPlan also supports clinicians in their delivery of quality patient care by using a patient-centered, enterprise-wide view of activity to make real-time adjustments for patient flow and staffed capacity allocations.
A natural extension of the McKesson Enterprise Intelligence™ and Workforce Management Solutions suites, CapPlan enables providers to direct and manage capacity from the emergency department to admission to discharge. Combined, these solutions allow organizations to proactively manage capacity across care settings and take steps to significantly reduce costs and improve patient experience, key goals of McKesson Technology Solutions' Better Health 2020™ healthcare IT strategy.
Sept. 24, 2012: Today McKesson announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MedVentive, a leading provider of population and risk management tools that drive transparency in healthcare cost and quality. MedVentive's solutions will augment McKesson's capabilities and experience to support providers as they become clinically integrated, engage physicians and patients to reduce costs, and transition to risk-bearing models such as accountable care. These areas are core to Better Health 2020™, McKesson Technology Solutions' strategy to support customers' use of information technology for better business, better care and better connectivity.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rules Released
The long-awaited final rules for Stage 2 meaningful use requirements for Medicare and Medicaid providers have been released.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule and helpful resources for the Stage 2 Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the complementary 2014 Edition Standards & Certification Criteria final rule and helpful resources.
It's Official - CMS Shifts the ICD-10 Compliance Deadline to 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the new compliance date for the ICD-10 codes sets. The ICD-10 compliance date is included in the final rule that adopts a standard for a nationwide unique health plan identifier (HPID). The rule includes the following:
- Changes the deadline for ICD-10 compliance to Oct. 1, 2014
- Defines a standard length and format for the HPID for each health insurer. The HPID is expected to simplify provider billing processes
- Adds a requirement for certain non-covered individual providers that work for a HIPAA-covered organization to have a National Provider Identifier (NPI)
- Establishes an Other Entity Identifier (OEID) for entities that are not health plans, health care providers, or individuals, but need to be identified in transactions.
The delay was originally proposed in April of this year. While the size of the HIPAA rule pales in comparison to the Stage 2 final rules, its impact is at least as significant. McKesson encourages providers to remain focused to the ICD-10 migration, since coding drives reimbursement. McKesson ICD-10 releases are available, and upgrades have been under way over the past year. McKesson also offers services to help customers in their compliance efforts. Read the final rule.
Supreme Court Ruling - Affordable Care Act Stands
On June 28, the Supreme Court announced its decision to substantially uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Court also upheld the Medicaid expansion but removed the threat that federal funds associated with previously covered individuals may be withdrawn.
Since enactment of the ACA, McKesson has engaged with federal and state governments as well as our customers to work toward successful implementation. Our Better Health 2020™ strategy is focused on helping customers address the complex business challenges facing healthcare over the next decade, including cost reduction, care coordination, risk shifting and the need to profitably manage new care models.
McKesson is dedicated to making the business of healthcare run better, and we're committed to helping our customers build healthier organizations that deliver better care to patients in every setting.
ACA Supreme Court Ruling Impact - HFMA Webinar Recording Available
To learn more about the impact of the Supreme Court ruling, watch the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) webinar recording, sponsored by McKesson. The webinar recording is free to HFMA members and $99 for non-members.
Review McKesson Comments on Stage 2 Proposed Rules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) posted the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rule and the Standards and Certification Criteria for EHRs (S&CC) on March 7, 2012 and invited public comment by May 7, 2012. The proposed rules establish the requirements for the next stage of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs. McKesson gathered a team of experts from across the company to interpret and review the proposed rules, and submitted comments to CMS and the ONC. You can review:
- McKesson's letter with detailed comments submitted to CMS
- McKesson's letter and detailed comments submitted to the ONC.
April 27, 2012: The final rule on provider enrollment for Medicare and Medicaid has been issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS). The rule requires providers and suppliers to include their National Provider Identifier (NPI) when they enroll for the programs and when they submit claims for payment. The rule will become effective 60 days after the rule's April 27, 2012 publication date in the Federal Register. The NPI is required for use in HIPAA-applicable transactions for verification and to curb Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. Claims submitted without an NPI will be rejected.
Status of Proposed ICD-10 Delay
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a one-year delay for the final compliance date for ICD-10. The proposed deadline is October 1, 2014. The final rule is anticipated sometime this summer. This proposed delay is consistent with much of the industry guidance provided since the announcement of the consideration of a delay.
McKesson urges customers to remain committed to its transition plans and to use the extra time for testing. We will continue to work with our customers on their roadmaps and plans to upgrade to ICD-10 enabled releases. In addition, we offer a robust set of services to assist our customers in all aspects of their preparation and transition. For additional information, please contact your sales representative.
The proposed ICD-10 delay was included in the Proposed Rule that would establish a unique health plan identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HHS estimates that the proposed changes could cut red tape, simplify administrative processes and save health care providers and health plans up to $4.6 billion over the next ten years.
More information on the proposed rule is available on fact sheets at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp. The proposed rule may be viewed at www.ofr.gov/inspection.aspx. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
March 15, 2012: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) announced that it would not initiate enforcement action until June 30, 2012 with respect to any HIPAA-covered entity that is non-compliant with ASC X12 Version 5010 standards. This is the second 90-day delay in enforcement. CMS says that health plans, clearinghouses, providers and software vendors have been making steady process; however, there are still outstanding issues and challenges impeding full implementation. It is urging the industry to collaborate to resolve remaining problems. CMS also said it will provide technical assistance to help eliminate barriers and hold calls with providers to resolve outstanding issues with Medicare. It will work with individual states on their program readiness.
March 28, 2012: McKesson customer Chuck McDevitt, chief information officer of Self Regional Healthcare, recently spoke with the editor of healthsystemcio.com. In his podcast, McDevitt explained the great potential he sees in implementing lean methodologies to drive down costs and boost patient satisfaction. He talks about how his organization uses evidence-based medicine to streamline processes, the challenges of straddling the ACO and fee-for-service worlds, and the cultural change taking place within Self Regional to improve employees' health. He also discusses integrating the acute and ambulatory environments, his device management strategy, and how he applies lessons learned from working in other industries.
CMS Is Reviewing ICD-10 Timeline - Time to Stay Focused and Work Your Plan
February 16, 2012: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain healthcare entities have to comply with the ICD-10 code sets. While there likely will be a delay in the ICD-10 compliance date, we cannot predict the outcome of that process. Providers may want to relax their efforts, but it is important for them to continue to prepare for the transition. Any extra time providers are afforded can be spent performing incremental testing, training and parallel ICD-9/ICD-10 processing to minimize disruptions in workflow and reimbursement. Confidence in ICD-10 readiness will enable better focus on meaningful use. McKesson Provider Technologies (MPT) will continue to monitor the CMS timeline review and provide comments.
January 13, 2012: Senior leader support, physician alignment and daily monitoring of analytics scorecards - all are key success factors cited by hospitals who recently attested to meet the Stage 1 Medicare criteria outlined under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Among those first-year strivers are hospitals that use the Horizon Clinicals®and Paragon® electronic health record (EHR) and Quality eMeasures reporting solutions from McKesson. McKesson's customers have been busy advising peers on everything from governance to physician alignment to workflow changes.
Aug. 15, 2011: Lakewood Health System, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Staples, Minn., recently selected McKesson’s top-rated Paragon ® hospital information system (HIS) to replace its longstanding information technology system. Lakewood sought an HIS that would be easy and cost-effective to install and maintain while enabling the hospital to accelerate its efforts to achieve meaningful use.
July 1, 2011: iKnowMed Electronic Health Record (EHR) System, a product of McKesson Specialty Care Solutions | US Oncology, has received Surescripts® certification for ePrescribing, Formulary, Benefits and Medication History. Physicians using iKnowMed to manage chemotherapy and other medications will be able to exchange prescriptions electronically with pharmacies connected to the Surescripts network and have real time access to the patient's eligibility and formulary information.
April 19, 2011: Radiology & Imaging in Springfield, Mass., the largest radiology practice in Western Massachusetts, and Seacoast Radiology in Rochester, N.H., have joined other radiology practices in the Northeast using McKesson's Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) to optimize financial performance. With the industry’s most robust radiology billing and compliance solutions and extensive business intelligence capabilities, McKesson’s technology and services are designed to help the groups grow revenue, control costs and mitigate regulatory risks.
University of Kansas Hospital Chooses McKesson Automation Technology for Prepackaged Oral Solid Medications
April 7, 2011: The University of Kansas Hospital Authority (KUHA), today announced it will implement the new PROmanager-Rx ™ automated medication dispensing system designed to increase accuracy, reduce labor, and trim medication carrying costs. The PROmanager-Rx is the only pharmacy robot that stores and dispenses oral solid medications pre-packaged by the manufacturer in unit-dose, bar-coded form, increasing patient safety while reducing costs. KUHA, one of the Midwest’s most advanced teaching hospitals, was looking to offset significant increases in drug dispensing volume while strengthening its patient-centric medication approach.
April 4, 2011: Saint Barnabas Health Care System (SBHCS), New Jersey’s largest healthcare delivery system, has selected McKesson to replace its multiple legacy medical imaging solutions. SBHCS plans to implement Horizon Medical Imaging™, McKesson’s industry-leading picture archiving communications system ( PACS ), to integrate patient data and images from multiple modalities across its complex, multi-facility health system. That integration is expected to help streamline clinical workflow, increase collaboration and enhance productivity for providers, who treat more than two million patients annually.
March 31, 2011: McKesson’s Horizon Lab™ laboratory information system (LIS) has received EHR modular* certification — deeming the software capable of enabling providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Tested on March 15, 2011, and certified on March 17, 2011, under Drummond Group's Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR modular software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.