At the eHealth Initiative's annual conference this week, lobbyists and healthcare advocates spoke about trends in the health IT industry and government policies.
The health IT sector brought in $4.6 billion in venture capital funding in 2015, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group.
Thanks to shifts away from the paternalistic model of care, technological innovations, consumer driven care and other forces, today's patients are more engaged in their healthcare than ever, according to an article from the Chicago Tribune. However, barriers to the transition toward patient-centered care remain. Consider the following ways your practice can work through them.
The potential one-year delay of an Affordable Care Act tax could prevent health insurers from paying several billions of dollars annually to the U.S. government in 2017 and 2018, Morning Consult reports.
With financial and administrative pressure at an all-time high for physician practices, the time may be right to consider outsources billing, according to a post from Physicians Practice.
Online health information is driving change in the ways patients interact with their doctors, producing both positive and negative results, according to an article at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
Information blocking, an "underappreciated" problem that has come to the forefront only in recent months, was the target of recent criticism from the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
While physician practices are already considering alignment opportunities more than ever before, the Oct. 1 implementation deadline for ICD-10 could spur a new wave of affiliations, Paul Keckley, managing director of Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, recently told Healthcare Finance News.
Are electronic health records worth the effort and expense of adoption for small practices? And for those who've already implemented EHRs, is attesting to Meaningful Use, Stage 2, worthwhile when physicians already have so many other regulatory burdens on their plates? For many physicians, going electronic has yet to fulfill its promise of better streamlining and coordinating care.
Meaningful Use incentive payments have been the top driver of physicians' transition to electronic health records over the past five years, according to a new data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.