As more hospitals merge, EHR complications increase

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According to a March report by Moody’s, which was reported in Bloomberg News, more and more not-for-profit hospitals are merging because of the recession, Medicare cuts and changing reimbursement formulas. The WSJ blog cites an agreement by Provena Health to unite with Resurrection Healthcare; Ascension Health’s announcement last year that it would merge with Alexian Brothers Health System; and merger discussions underway between NYU Langone Medical Center and Continuum Health Partners, also in New York City.


NYU Langone uses the Epic system, while Continuum is on a GE Centricity platform that is still being rolled out. In the WSJ article, Continuum CIO Mark Moroses said that the merger would complicate his organization’s EHR transition, which is tied to Continuum’s ability to claim federal EHR incentives for Meaningful Use.


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