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Five Ways the Opioid Epidemic Impacts Electronic Health Records

By Connie Sinclair, Director, Regulatory Resource Center Lawmakers are reacting to America’s opioid epidemic by creating new mandates that will affect electronic health records (EHRs). Compliance will create many challenges …

Good News for Vendors: ONC to Significantly Ratchet Back EHR Certification and Enforcement

By Michael Burger and Chuck Frederick, Senior Consultants Vendors of electronic health records (EHRs) should be doing a happy dance over the recent announcement from the Office of the National …

Missouri Creates a Unique PDMP

By Connie Sinclair, Director, Regulatory Resource Center Until recently, Missouri was the only state without a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  Growing evidence suggests that use of these state-run databases …

EHRs Are Not a Magic Bullet

  By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Electronic health records (EHRs) are taking a lot of heat these days. Lloyd Minor, M.D., the dean of Stanford University’s School …

How Stakeholders are Affected by FDA’s New Naming Convention for Biologics and Biosimilars

By Pooja Babbrah, Senior Consultant Stakeholders across the industry are debating potential costs and burden associated with implementing the new, nonproprietary naming convention for biologics and biosimilars. Requirements for the …

EHRs Offer Ready-Made Tools for Population Health Management

By Michael Burger, Senior Consultant Providers need tools for population health management (PHM) for reimbursement as well as reporting on metrics for related activities and quality improvement. While most physicians …

Medication Non-Adherence: Is There an App for That?

By Pooja Babbrah, Senior Consultant  Getting patients to adhere to their medication regimen is a growing problem—and solutions are being sought. The reasons are compelling. Non-adherence to prescribed medications results in $100 to $300 billion in avoidable healthcare costs. A significant portion of …

States Step Up Focus on PDMP Utilization to Address Opioid Crisis

By Connie Sinclair, Senior Consultant As the opiate crisis receives ongoing national attention, state policymakers and legislators continue to chip away at the problem with new laws and rules governing …

Do We Need a National Patient Identifier?

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Interoperability continues to be top of mind for industry pundits and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). …

In Memory of Pharmacy HIT Visionary James D. Lang

This past Saturday there was a memorial service for James D. Lang, PharmD, Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), who passed away unexpectedly …