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78% of Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period

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Plenty of work remains to be done before hospitals are comfortable submitting electronic clinical quality measures as a part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, according to a recent Joint Commission survey. The survey, conducted...

Tracking MACRA’s Progress toward Industrywide Implementation

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Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its draft implementation for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) at the end of April, there has been a flurry of industry opinions, rule clarifications, and potential...

Advanced EHR Use Shows Potential to Lower Patient Costs

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Advanced EHR use may lead to significant per patient savings, showing promise for an eventual return on investment, shows a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study included a retrospective analysis of the National Inpatient...

EHR Adoption, Use Remain a Source of Frustration for Docs

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EHR adoption is still seen as a win-some, lose-some situation, with users reporting many positives and negatives about the technology, shows a recent survey conducted by Physicians Practice. The survey, which included responses from 1,568 healthcare...

Cerner Makes Key Revenue Cycle Management Hire

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The Kansas City-based health IT company has named Jeff Hurst of Adventist Health System to serve as Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management and President of Cerner RevWorks, the company announced. Currently Florida Hospital's Senior...

AMIA Challenges FDA over EHR Data Quality Claims

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is raising concerns over EHR data quality in current systems in comments on draft guidance issued by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of EHR data for clinical investigations....

Physician Readiness for MACRA Implementation Found Wanting

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A significant stumbling block to MACRA implementation in 2017 is physician awareness of its provisions and requirements, according to a 2016 Deloitte physician survey. Half of physicians with a high share of Medicare beneficiaries reported no...

Slavitt: CMS Already Mulling Changes to MACRA Start Date

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During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was asked about the possibility for delaying the start of MACRA implementation and acknowledged that...

Senators Seek Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Periods

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Led by Senator John Thune (R-SD), a group of GOP senators — including Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act to reduce reporting periods not only for the EHR Incentive Programs but...

Fraudulent EHR Use Leads to Multi-Million Dollar Settlement

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Fraudulent EHR use was one of several alleged illegal business practices leading a Kentucky home health provider to pay millions in reparations to the federal government. Last week, the Department of Justice reached a settlement with Louisville-based...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA

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Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

Does MACRA Implementation Require New EHR Safe Harbors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) is advocating for changes to fraud and abuse laws to support MACRA implementation, including EHR safe harbors for using shared EHR infrastructure to meet the law's goals for care coordination. According...

How the EHR Selection Process Influences Specialist EHR Use

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Key to a successful EHR selection process is meaningful use dialogue between providers and EHR vendors. This is especially true for specialists for whom fewer EHR products are designed and available. That is one of several takeaways from a five-year...

Federal Commission Calls for VA Commercial EHR Replacement

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In a final report, the Commission on Care cited forces in play contributing to deficiencies in the Veterans Health Administration's EHR platform warranting a reconsideration of its EHR selection strategy, one including a potential commercial...

CMS Proposes 90-Day Reporting Period for 2016 Meaningful Use

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Hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible providers will only need to attest to meaningful use for a 90-day period in 2016, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This 90-day reporting...

EHR Usability Depends on Practice Culture, Provider Needs

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In recent years, EHR adoption has reached near ubiquitous levels, but have received scrutiny across the healthcare industry. Several of these critiques center on EHR usability and the way in which it improves clinical workflow. What makes ensuring...

Reviewing the State of EHR Adoption Under Meaningful Use, MACRA

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As the healthcare industry began to focus on value-based care models, EHR adoption flourished. Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ EHR Incentive Programs, or meaningful use, individual providers and hospitals across...

House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

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Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most unsurprising) is...

AAFP: Complex MACRA Implementation Rule Requires “Step Back”

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In line with other industry stakeholders, the American Academy of Family Physicians is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exercise caution in moving forward with MACRA implementation too quickly. "While...

Is Physician Dissatisfaction with EHR Use on the Rise?

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Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland State University have pinpointed challenges contributing to physician dissatisfaction with EHR use. A team led by the Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology's Tait Shanafelt, MD, conducted a national...

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