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Study: Shift to value-based care being made but more work remains

With the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, many are questioning how changes in Washington, D.C., may affect the shift to value-based care. A study commissioned by Quest ...

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  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

    HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

  • population health management (PHM)

    Population health management (PHM) is a discipline within the healthcare industry that studies and facilitates care delivery across the general population or a group of individuals.

  • ICD-10-PCS

    The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) is a U.S. cataloging system for procedural codes that track various health interventions taken by medical professionals.

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EHR systems

Electronic health record (EHR) systems play a vital role in health care -- and, as of 2015, EHR use is mandatory for health care providers in the U.S. Find resources here for navigating the complexities of using EHR systems, from EHR selection and implementation to user training. EHR vendors can also learn about the federal government's EHR certification program here.

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  • patient similarity

    Patient similarity is the concept of researching the best treatments and the ones to avoid based on the records of like individuals with like health conditions.

  • patient portal

    A patient portal is a web-based access point that enables self-serve health IT services for patients.

  • patient matching

    Patient matching is a process of comparing data from different health IT systems to see if data sources match and belong to the same patient to obtain a complete record of the patient’s health history and medical care.

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Health care regulations

Federal health care regulations can have a tremendous impact on an organization's health IT strategy and budget. Find out how new health care laws about electronic health record (EHR) use, quality reporting and ICD-10 codes -- and the deadlines associated with them -- are affecting the ways that hospitals do business. In addition, learn how providers are addressing federal health care regulations meant to improve care quality and cut costs.

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  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

    HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

  • preventive health

    Preventive health is the use of recognized proactive health screenings, counseling and maintenance to prevent future illness and treatment.

  • subrogation

    Subrogation is a legal right that lets an insurance company seek to recover costs from any third party who is responsible for the damages. The term subrogation literally means one party is standing in the place of another party.

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IT infrastructure

Find resources, news and tips on health care IT infrastructure systems and design and building electronic health systems, including medical devices, servers and virtual servers, desktops and virtual desktops, laptops, storage, wired and wireless networking, security systems and disaster recovery.

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  • pay for performance (P4P)

    Pay for performance (P4P), in healthcare, is a payment model where hospitals, physicians and other healthcare workers are given financial incentives for meeting performance objectives. P4P is also known as value-based purchasing within that context.

  • revenue cycle management (RCM)

    Revenue cycle management (RCM) is the financial process, utilizing medical billing software, that healthcare facilities use to track patient care episodes from registration and appointment scheduling to the final payment of a balance.

  • PHI breach (protected health information breach)

    A PHI breach is unauthorized access, use or disclosure of individually identifiable health information that is held or transmitted by a healthcare organization or its business associates.

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Health IT planning

Understand what health care providers need to know about health care IT management and organization and managing regional health care partners and networks, including organization and governance, electronic health record requirements, health care regulation, health care funding, certification, compliance and interoperability.

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  • national provider identifier (NPI)

    A national provider identifier (NPI) is a unique ten-digit identification number required by HIPAA for covered healthcare providers in the United States.

  • information blocking

    Information blocking occurs when a person or entity purposely and unreasonably interferes with the sharing or use of electronic health information.

  • Health IT (health information technology)

    Health IT involves the use of electronic health records systems to improve medical care, coordination and research, patient engagement and safety, and provider reimbursement.

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Health IT conferences

Major health IT conferences offer IT professionals a great opportunity to meet their peers and see new products in action. Focusing on topics such as information management, coding, radiology, telehealth and mobile health, these health information technology conferences are also great learning opportunities. Our editorial staff attends HIMSS, AHIMA and other health IT events and one-day seminars to get the pulse of the industry. Find news, videos and other coverage of these health IT conferences here.

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  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is a professional organization that promotes the business and clinical uses of electronic and paper-based medical information.

  • telemedicine

    Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services, such as health assessments or consultations, over the telecommunications infrastructure.

  • Radiology Information System (RIS)

    A RIS is the traditional core software system for electronically managing medical images, scheduling and billing in hospital radiology departments and physician practices.

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Hospital IT applications

Find out everything you need to know about running electronic health care systems and applications, including, records management, billing and inventory.

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Health IT compliance

Determine the requirements, policies and controls for managing electronic health care IT compliance, including privacy and security of personal medical records, personal health information and as required by ARRA, HITECH and HIPAA.

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  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

    HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) is United States legislation that provides data privacy and security provisions for safeguarding medical information.

  • evidence-based medicine

    Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is an approach to medicine featuring ongoing examination and modification to care, based on careful analysis of current research, science, patient information, doctors’ expertise and other available data sources.

  • U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM)

    The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is the largest biomedical library in the world.

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  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...

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  • computer worm

    A computer worm is a type of malicious software program whose primary function is to infect other computers while remaining ...

  • black hat

    Black hat refers to a hacker who breaks into a computer system or network with malicious intent.

  • copyright

    Copyright is a legal term describing ownership of control of the rights to the use and distribution of certain works of creative ...

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  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

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  • non-volatile memory (NVM)

    Non-volatile memory (NVMe) is a semiconductor technology that does not require a continuous power supply to retain the data or ...

  • hybrid hard drive (HHD)

    A hybrid hard drive (HHD), sometimes known as a solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD), is a mass storage device that combines a ...

  • USB flash drive

    A USB flash drive -- also known as a stick, thumb or pen drive -- is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash ...

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  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification written for internally mounted storage...

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  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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