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Resources by Topic: Health information technology

Finalized CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule
Fact sheet describing calendar year 2020 changes to Medicare's telehealth reimbursement policy as a part of the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) final rule. Includes sections on opioid use disorder treatment services, care management services, chronic care remote physiologic monitoring services, and online digital evaluation service (E-visit).
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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ARcare Uses Telehealth for Diabetes Education
Describes ways in which telehealth is used for education programs geared toward prediabetic and diabetic rural patients of ARcare, an Arkansas Federally Qualified Health Center comprising 44 family practice clinics.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science: Involving Rural America in Research
Features translational science teams in Arkansas, Florida, and Washington that are helping ensure new scientific findings are being used in rural communities to help patients. Discusses community engagement, the role of the electronic health record in data sharing, and collaboration with cooperative extension.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances among Office-Based Physicians, 2017
Examines rates of electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), with information by type of physician practice, including rural or urban location, practice size, practice ownership, physician specialty, and technology available. EPCS is mandated for Medicare Part D providers by 2021, through the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act.
Author(s): Sonal Parasrampuria, Martin Blanco, Wesley Barker
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Use of a Personal Health Record by Veterans Living with HIV
Explores a study on the social and demographic characteristics of veterans with HIV who use My HealtheVet, a web-based personal health record system. Looks at age, race, and rural versus urban location, among other factors.
Author(s): Sarah J Javier, Lara K Troszak, Stephanie L Shimada, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 26(8-9), 696–702
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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IHS Needs to Improve Oversight of Its Hospitals' Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Practices and Consider Centralizing Its Information Technology Functions
Reports on a review of Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals with a focus on opioid prescriptions and dispensing and information technology (IT) and cybersecurity. Identifies deficiencies related to opioid policies and procedures and supports centralizing IHS IT systems.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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Level of Agreement on Health Information Technology Adoption and Use in Survey Data: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of Ambulatory Clinics in 1 US State
Results of a study using 2016 data from 2 surveys of ambulatory providers in Minnesota, related to health information technology functionalities. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban location.
Author(s): Robert S. Rudin, Yunfeng Shi, Shira H. Fischer, et al.
Citation: JAMIA Open, 2(2), 231-237
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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ARcare Uses EHR Alerts for HIV Testing and Prevention
Details ARcare's use of electronic health records to identify risk factors for HIV in primary care health records and flag them for testing. Discusses work with clinical staff to address HIV screening and prevention. Highlights HIV outreach work with the Arkansas Health Department.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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HELP Committee Executive Session: S. 1199, S. 1173, and S.1895
Congressional hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, Pensions (HELP) Committee focused on: the Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2019, Emergency Medical Services for Children Reauthorization Act of 2019, and Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019. Focuses on ending surprise medical billing, creating price transparency, increasing prescription drug competition, improving public health, and improving health information exchange. Legislation would extend funding for community health centers, the National Health Service Corps, and the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. Addresses rural throughout.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Infectious Diseases Society of America Position Statement on Telehealth and Telemedicine as Applied to the Practice of Infectious Diseases
Position statement to educate members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America on telehealth and to promote use of this technology in clinical care, research, and education. Explores the potential to increase access to subspecialist care in rural areas, and describes reimbursement policies of private insurers, Medicare, and Medicaid, for telehealth services provided to patients in rural areas. Also describes HIPAA requirements for telehealth interactions and protected health information.
Author(s): Jeremy D. Young, Rima Abdel-Massih, Thomas Herchline, et al.
Citation: Clinical Infectious Diseases, 68(9), 1437-1443
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
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