Electronic Health Records
  • House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation

    December 1, 2016 - The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the bill was touted as a game-changer for patients and integral for healthcare innovation. “The real winners today are American families whose lives stand...

  • Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use

    November 29, 2016 - The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: The House of Representative has since voted in favor of the bill, which now awaits Senate approval. Notably, the legislation refers to EHR use as a part of its efforts toward assisting...

  • Health IT Use, Data Exchange Top 2017 Challenges for HHS

    November 18, 2016 - Health IT use and data exchange are top challenges for HHS in the upcoming year, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General. The annual report, which names the top management and performance issues the agency will face in 2017, states that healthcare experts still have several challenges to overcome concerning health IT use. “Health IT, including electronic health...

  • AHA Urges Congress to Enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

    November 16, 2016 - The American Hospital Association is throwing its weight behind the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act, which would reduce reporting requirements and allow greater flexibility for eligible clinicians and hospitals in meaningful use. In a letter addressed to the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and Commerce Committees, AHA’s Executive Vice President Thomas...


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OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016

Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which encompasses...

Slavitt Addresses How MACRA Implementation Supports Medicare

In an address to the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt commented on MACRA implementation, describing how the agency will use it to “keep the promise of Medicare.” In describing the formation of the Quality...

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation

The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the bill...

CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule

Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly finalized...

Price HHS Secretary Nomination Met with Industry Praise

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Georgia Congressman Tom Price to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services. Price currently serves as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and was previously an orthopedic...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use

The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: The House of Representative...

MA Digital Health Council to Spark State Health IT Growth

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker recently announced the state’s Digital Health Council during its first meeting last week at the Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Medical History and Innovation. An offshot of the state’s...

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