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  • CMS Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week

    September 26, 2016 - As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active participants will need to attest to a streamlined set of program requirements. Eligible professionals will need to attest to 10 requirements and eligible...

  • Certified EHR Technology Adoption Reaches 96% Nationwide

    September 26, 2016 - A majority of hospitals in all but one state have adopted certified EHR technology as of 2015, according to an ONC data brief. Overall, 96 percent of hospitals have adopted CEHRT, with 49 states and Washington, DC, having at least 81 percent adoption rates. In Utah, the adoption rate is the lowest for any state at 75 percent. ONC’s data, informed by the 2015 American Hospital Association...

  • CMS Builds Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Repository

    September 16, 2016 - CMS is building a central repository to assist eligible providers in meeting meaningful use requirements for public health reporting, the federal agency announced Friday. The repository will indicate the readiness of public health agencies (PHAs) and clinical data registries (CDRs) to receiving data electronically and ultimately help providers fulfill public health reporting requirements required...

  • Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

    September 14, 2016 - While EHR usability design is often centered on producing quality care outcomes, they may not be ideal for integrating the tools into behavioral healthcare. In many cases, EHR design may not be ethical for behavioral healthcare. In a recent article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, healthcare experts discuss the use of EHR flagging tools that utilize icons to categorize...


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California Overpays $23.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

The California Department of Health Care Services issued a total of nearly $23.2 million in overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, reports the Office of Inspector General. According to the OIG report, the state agency made overpayments...

CMS Details Public Health Reporting Requirements for 2016

In its fourth installment for National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about public health reporting meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting year. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...

How Health Orgs Realize EHR Benefits, Quality Improvements

For healthcare organizations to benefit from EHR use and achieve quality improvements, they need to engage in robust strategic planning, articulating their goals and how they will achieve them, according to healthcare IT consultancy Impact Advisors....

CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016

As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible professionals,...

How Strong EHR Contracts Can Improve EHR Replacement Projects

When healthcare organizations find that their EHR systems no longer support their needs, they typically begin an EHR replacement project. According to the recently released ONC Health IT Playbook, robust contract negotiations may lead to more...

CMS Reviews Exclusions for Meaningful Use Reporting in 2016

As a part of its National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information about the 2016 meaningful use reporting period, helping eligible providers determine if they qualify for an exclusion or alternate exclusion. In a public statement, CMS...

ONC Releases Guide, Playbook to Support Physician EHR Use

As a part of National Health IT Week, ONC has released two learning materials to help providers with EHR implementation and use, according to a public statement. The agency issued an EHR contract guide — EHR Contracts Untangled: Selecting...

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