Electronic health records

The MOLST important document: End-of-life wishes

One NY state CCRC community takes end-of-life wishes so seriously it has made the MOLST form part of its electronic health records—the first LTC site in NY state to do so. Read More »

NASL elects new board officers

MatrixCare’s John Damgaard will head up the association’s new board of directors, along with four other officer electees. Read More »

Netsmart buys HealthMEDX, invests in LTC

The deal gives the Kansas-based technology platform provider a direct foothold in the long-term care market. Read More »

Healthcare companies rise to Forbes’ Cloud 100 list

Forbes has released its first top 100 list dedicated to cloud computing companies, and several healthcare software companies are making a strong debut. Read More »

Medalogix launches data analytics for home health

The software uses care planning tools and prescriptive analytics that experts say rival CMS’ risk adjustment models. Read More »

AHT partners with COMS Interactive for combined clinical workflow

The two companies will combine their nursing workflow system features and create accessibility from a single dashboard. Read More »

Quest Diagnostics launches electronic cognitive assessment tool

The tool can aid physicians in resident assessment and can be added to electronic health records. Read More »

IT service provider agrees to pay $650k for SNF HIPAA breach

The case is the first settlement where the accused HIPAA violator is a third-party business associate, not the nursing home itself. Read More »

Challenges to EHR implementation

A new study on implementation of electronic health records (EHR) has identified several obstacles for doctors, chief among them poor user experience. Read More »

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016. Read More »

The murky LTPAC interoperability landscape

Providers, vendors and techies are gathering at the 2016 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Reston, Va., this week to discuss the challenges to interoperability and the cost felt by patients, providers and payers. Read More »

LeadingAge CAST adds new EHR adoption model

The site-adaptable model is being added to the organization’s portfolio of long-term care electronic health record selection tools. Read More »

The fate of your stars: CMS and the new quality measures

As the opening keynote at the Memory Care Forum in Philadelphia, NASL policy guru Cynthia Morton discusses what’s coming next from CMS on long-term care quality measures and how that data might affect your five-star quality rating. Read More »

Nursing depositions—Duty or disaster?

Being asked to give a deposition doesn’t have to be a scary experience with the right documentation skills and preparedness. Read More »

Adding color to ICD-10 codes

A group of health information technology nerds enjoyed finding obscure and absurd ICD-10 codes like toxic effect of venom of bees, intentional self-harm. They thought others might, too, so they found their favorites, formed a publishing company and illustrated them for your amusement. Read More »

Government to add nearly 6,000 updates to ICD-10

The CDC and CMS announced they will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the transition to the new classification system by implementing new diagnosis codes, hospital inpatient procedure codes and revision of existing code titles.  Read More »

Allscripts, Netsmart form $250M human services and PAC tech company

 Allscripts Healthcare Solutions and equity firm GI Partners entered a joint venture with Netsmart Technologies, Inc. to form the largest technology company solely focused on human services and post-acute care.  Read More »

Harness the MDS for dementia care

The federally mandated minimum data set (MDS) is a documentation tool caregivers use every day that can help ensure quality dementia care. Read More »

F-Tag 309 and the compliance domino effect

Poor training in dementia care documentation can get a facility a pile of deficiencies in a big hurry, explains a national consultant in survey-related regulatory issues. Read More »

CMS pushes interoperability for LTC

The new initiative allows states to request the 90 percent enhanced matching funds to connect more Medicaid providers to a state health information exchange. Read More »

One-on-one with… Randall Holley

Great technology strategies include integrated systems and physician/nurse buy-in, says Commonwealth Care of Roanoke IT Director Randall Holley. Read More »

CareWorx and TUC merge

Two Canadian companies merge to grab a greater market share in integrated long-term care management services. Read More »

Senior software provider Caremerge partners with EHR developer Amazing Charts

The new partnership between two healthcare companies is intended to improve patient care and physician office efficiency.  Read More »

Wanted: Senior-savvy tech

2015 may have been the buzz year for "The Internet of Things," but 2016 could be about the "Internet of Meaningful Senior Tech Things." Read More »

Medalogix launches data analytics for home healthcare

Nashville-based Medalogix has released new software to track when and why a recently discharged person might need further home healthcare—and tracks it all through the electronic health record. Read More »

ACOs thwarted by lack of interoperability

Accountable Care Organizations have spent the past four years struggling to achieve the goals that set them apart. But ACOs still don't have the one thing needed for success: data interoperability. Read More »