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Care Management Weekly News Update 2/21/24

Posted by DeAnn Dennis on Wed, Feb 21, 2024 @ 11:45 AM

A Feb. 15 hearing of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Technology Modernization highlighted ongoing pharmacy-related patient safety issues with the transition to the new Oracle electronic health record.  Last April, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all deployments in its EHR Modernization effort would be halted while it prioritized improvements at the five sites that currently used the new EHR, as part of a larger program reset.

Lawmakers introduce patient-matching bill for EHRs 

U.S. lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation Feb. 16 to better match patients with their EHRs. The legislation aims to improve the standardization of patients' demographics inputted into certified health IT products and form an anonymous, voluntary system to analyze patient match rates. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, HIMSS, and the American Health Information Management Association all expressed their support for the bill.

CDC Director Mandy Cohen spent part of Valentine’s Day asking members of the American Medical Association to get closer — on health messaging, data-sharing and a shared vision of public health and clinical care. One of her top takeaways from the pandemic is the need for different players in the health system to work together, she told doctors at the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington on Wednesday.

A pair of representatives unveiled legislation that would designate more than 1,000 nationwide hospitals as “essential health systems” under federal statute, a first step the bipartisan lawmakers and hospital industry supporters say would give Congress new targets for funding, health equity initiatives or other efforts. In their announcement, the lawmakers noted that the facilities that meet the definition provide, on average, five times the uncompensated care to Medicaid, low-income Medicare or uninsured patients than other hospitals.

The role and size of information technology departments within health systems play a crucial role in shaping the organization's technological infrastructure. And despite a growing trend toward outsourcing IT functions, many health systems continue to maintain robust in-house teams. Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth, one of the 25 largest health systems by revenue, told Becker's that its IT department consists of more than 2,200 team members. The health system also said it is investing generously in IT this year as a "strategic asset." 


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