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CMS Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week

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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...

Certified EHR Technology Adoption Reaches 96% Nationwide

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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...

EHR Health Data Collection to Impact Health Industry Shift

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EHRs and health data collection will be primary drivers behinds a shifting healthcare ecosystem over the course of the next decade. According to a report from the PwC Research Health Institute , the healthcare industry is facing a “seismic...

Washington Overpaid $9.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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The state of Washington made overpayments to 19 hospitals participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Over that time period, the...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use

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CMS has begun the 2016 Change Review Process (CRP) to evaluate electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) under meaningful use, according to a public statement. The CRP will take place on the JIRA CQM Project. Using that platform, eCQM implementers...

NYU Lutheran Launches Epic EHR to Boost Patient Care

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NYU Lutheran has completed a full EHR implementation, going live with Epic Systems yesterday. Part of NYU Langone Health System, the hospital announced the successful go-live of its Epic EHR at all its Brooklyn locations, including in 22 ancillary...

Epic Systems, Cerner, McKesson Make Key EHR Technology Moves

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EHR vendors Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, and McKesson Health Solutions have all made recent advances driving population health management, healthcare quality, and health IT interoperability. Epic Systems is set to implement its population...

Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments Trouble Two More States

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Two more states have issued overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, according to two separate reports from the Office of Inspector General. OIG found that both Ohio and Oklahoma did not follow federal protocol for calculating the...

CMS Builds Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Repository

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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)...

HHS Awards $87M for Value-based Care Health IT Adoption

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The Department of Health & Human Services has awarded over $87 million in funding to improve health IT systems in 1,310 health centers across the nation, including in Washington DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and in the Pacific Basin....

West Virginia Overpays $296K in EHR Incentive Payments

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The West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid nearly $296,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, according to a new Office of the Inspector General report. OIG conducted this audit by identifying five West Virginia...

Vets Call for VA EHR Optimization, Interoperability Advances

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The Department of Veterans Affairs needs an overhaul of its Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (Vista) EHR — either in the form of EHR optimization or a commercial EHR replacement — to improve care quality for...

Is EHR Usability Design Ethical for Behavioral Healthcare?

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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...

Top 3 EHR Challenges Facing the Healthcare Industry, Providers

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When the HITECH Act first came into play, it was meant to spur widespread EHR adoption to help the healthcare industry achieve the Triple Aim. But with every improvement, there have also been EHR challenges for providers to mitigate. Many healthcare...

Industry Groups React to MACRA Participation Flexibilities

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Several industry groups have expressed praise for the new MACRA Quality Payment Program reporting guidelines and flexibilities that CMS released late last week. The guidelines ease the program’s reporting requirements by allowing providers...

CMS: Providers Choose Pace for Quality Payment Program in 2017

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Well in advance of the final rule for the Quality Payment Program — comprising both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has...

92% of Nurses Dissatisfied with EHR Technology, Health IT

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Although EHR technology has improved patient safety and team-based healthcare, nurses still report negative opinions of the tools, according to a recent survey from the Adventist University of Health Sciences. The survey questioned nurses about...

Physician EHR Use, Workload Trumping Face Time with Patients

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For every hour physicians spend with patients, they spend another two hours on physician EHR use and deskwork, according to a recent study from the American Medical Association. The AMA study highlights what many consider the primary issue with...

98% of Hospitals Avoid Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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Ninety-eight percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals will not be subjected to payment adjustments in 2017 due to their successful stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use attestation, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

DoD EHR Modernization Project Hits Snags, to Be Delayed

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The Military Health System will have to wait a little bit longer for the implementation of its EHR replacement technology as part of the DoD Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM). On Thursday, The Program Executive Office Defense...

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