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April 09, 2013

A state by state look at the cost of health care


By: Cerner Corporation

The week, the Wall Street Journal published an article examining the per-person cost of health care by state in the United States. The data, from 2009 (latest data available), showed that health care spending averaged $6,815 per person. However, the costs vary widely from state to state, ranging from more than $10,000 per person in Washington, D.C., to just over $5,000 per person in Utah.... Read full story


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February 12, 2013

Navigating Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and more at Cerner's Regulatory Alignment Summits


By: Krista Robke, senior director, Cerner Consulting

We are all trying to navigate the requirements and regulations of the changing health care environment. In 2013, the Regulatory Compliance Practice within U.S. Consulting is hosting several Regulatory Alignment Summits in Kansas City.... Read full story


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Tags: HIMSS13


November 16, 2012

Meaningful Use Stage 3 coming into focus


By: Cerner Corporation

The HIT Policy Committee recently published its recommendations on Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules. Among the recommendations are new measures and threshold increases from Stage 2. The committee also recommended removing some measures from Stage 3.... Read full story


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Tags: ONC


October 04, 2012

CHC 2012: Genes or environment?


By: Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.

When my brother and I were growing up, our father, Roger Fisher, cast a long shadow. He had come back from World War II convinced by the deaths of many of his best friends that there had to be better ways to solve disputes. He devoted his career to studying and practicing conflict resolution. Dinner table conversations were focused on how to reduce the risk of nuclear war or bring peace to the Middle East. We grew up knowing that it would be important to “make a difference” in our work.... Read full story


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Tags: ACO


August 30, 2012

ICD-10 through the coder's lens


By: Elaine O'Bleness, RHIA, CHP, CPHQ, Cerner

What a difference a day makes. Friday, August 24, 2012 the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Federal Register being published on September 5, 2012 will finally give us the implementation date for ICD-10-CM/PCS as October 1, 2014!... Read full story


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July 13, 2012

A comprehensive ICD-10 assessment


By: Randy Hawk, senior engagement leader, Cerner Regulatory & Compliance Practice

What do the Mayan calendar and the ICD-10 transition date have in common? They both prophesize the end of the world, and both deadlines have been extended past their original date. OK, transitioning to ICD-10 doesn't mean the end of the world, but it does represent one the biggest changes ever to hit the health care industry. So let’s take a minute to revisit that foundational step in the preparatory process - the comprehensive assessment of risks and impact. ... Read full story


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Tags: ICD-10


June 28, 2012

SCOTUS rules on Affordable Care Act


By: Cerner Corporation

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s signature piece of health care reform legislation, another step on the health care reform path that began in February 2009 with President Obama saying, “So let there be no doubt: Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year,” when addressing a joint session of Congress.... Read full story


Category: News, Healthcare Reform

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Tags: SCOTUS, ACA


March 13, 2012

Will we see ICD-10? Maybe...


By: Roy Foster, Director, US Consulting Regulatory Compliance Practice

What an intriguing world we live in. Here we sit, after exhausting efforts to encourage, develop and begin executing strategies for the ICD-10 transition, with an indefinite timeline but equally definite actuality. Most major players in the industry have shared their perspective, opinions and speculations on the delay. It is obvious to say there are individuals and groups on both sides of the discussion. My objective in this post is to stay away from opinion and focus on strategy, which requires some speculation.... Read full story


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Tags: ICD-10


January 26, 2012

A programmatic approach to the ICD-10 transition


By: Roy Foster, Director, US Consulting Regulatory Compliance Practice

We’re only about a month into 2012 and there’s no doubt this is going to be a busy year from a regulatory perspective. Our Cerner family will continue to make great progress toward attesting to Meaningful Use. The first performance period for the hospital value-based purchasing program will conclude, and the pay-for-performance era will formally begin here in the United States. Hospitals will become financially accountable to 30-day readmissions. A handful of you will be well on your accountable care organization journey. While these initiatives all have a direct impact on health care organizations, we cannot overlook another initiative likely to have the broadest impact on health IT since Y2K.... Read full story


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January 18, 2012

A look inside the HHS’ Meaningful Use attestation data set


By: Roy Foster, Director, US Consulting Regulatory Compliance Practice

With the first year of Meaningful Use participation behind us, HHS has begun sharing program statistics. In fact CMS has been providing general program updates to the Health IT Policy Committee for a few months now. HHS recently released, for the first time, a Meaningful Use attestation data setThis data provides the ability to see how many eligible hospitals and eligible providers (EPs) have attested through November 2011. Further stratification can be done by vendor, state, specialty, etc. This report also distinguishes whether the certified EHR used for attestation received complete or modular certification. It’s important to consider these terms when using the HHS data to gain perspective on the HIT industry.... Read full story


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