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AMA Praises Transparency in Certified Health IT Final Rule

October 19, 2016 - The American Medical Association has praised the ONC Health IT Certification final rule for its emphasis on technology oversight, testing, and transparency, according to a statement from the group. The final rule, which was released late last week, foremost serves patients and providers who directly use these technologies. Through ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACBs), the agency...


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Industry Groups React to MACRA Participation Flexibilities

by Sara Heath

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...

AMA Appoints Dr. David Barbe as its New President-Elect

by Sara Heath

The American Medical Association has appointed David O. Barbe, MD, MHA as its president-elect, to begin his duties starting in July 2017, an AMA press release says. Barbe has been a participatory member of the AMA for some time, beginning...

HHS FY 2015 budget to reduce Medicare-Medicaid fraud, waste

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services has release its budget for fiscal year 2015, which the department claims is both “fiscally responsible” and aims to strengthen its two most important programs — and doing so...

Oregon CCOs cut ED visits by 13%, double EHR adoption rates

by Jennifer Bresnick

Medicaid Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) in Oregon have seen dramatic results over the past nine months, achieving significant gains on quality measures like emergency department visits and hospitalizations for chronic...

Ohio passes Medicaid telehealth coverage law

by Jennifer Bresnick

If Ohio Governor John Kasich signs a unanimously agreed-upon bill, Medicaid providers in Ohio will able to participate in telehealth services and be assured of reimbursement. The law will add Ohio to the list of 45 states that allow for...

Are HISPs a help or hurdle for health information exchange?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information exchange in Massachusetts take its next big step last week with Mass HIway demonstrating its ability to streamline the retrieval of a patient’s EHR from four different sources in order to coordinate care more...

Epic, ICD-10, government shutdown are hottest topics of 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare is in the middle of a massive shakeup, and there are plenty of big stories to go along with the changes.  From Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 meaningful use delay, the...

Dec. 31: EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) of the upcoming EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline December 31. EPs must attest to meaningful use to avoid a 2015 payment...

Ordering, referring denial edits will begin Jan. 6, 2014

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a January 6, 2014 starting date for the second phase of denial edits. Here is the full message from CMS: CMS will instruct contractors to turn on Phase 2 denial edits...

ONC: Meaningful use incentives will continue despite shutdown

by Jennifer Bresnick

Squabbling lawmakers can’t stop meaningful use from marching on, says outgoing National Coordinator Dr. Farzad Mostashari.  Despite the government shutdown now dragging into its second week, and the furlough of more than half...

What the government shutdown means to Medicare, Medicaid

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: For news on the latest impact of the government shutdown on Medicare and Medicaid, visit HealthPayerIntelligence.com. For the Department of Health & Human Services, the first of October was supposed to be all about open...

EHR adoption has little effect on Medicaid costs, says study

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In and of itself, the adoption of EHR systems, even those certified for meaningful use, has a neutral effect on Medicaid costs, according to a study published in Medicare & Medicaid Research Review. Rather, it is how these health IT...

State laws vary widely on telehealth insurance coverage

by Jennifer Bresnick

With the spreading net of broadband internet coverage reaching into the most rural areas and accountable care rising in popularity, the time seems right for telemedicine to take center stage in the debate about how to extend cost-saving...

AHA Supports Bill to Improve Medicare Audits, Work of RACs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) applauding the sponsoring of a new bill to improve the work of Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs). In a letter to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), sponsor of Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013...

Physicians like EHRs, ACOs, but see major flaws in healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite high satisfaction with EHR software and continued interest in tools like clinical decision support and e-prescribing, physicians are generally pessimistic about the future of medicine, with half believing that incomes will take a...

HHS finalizes higher payments to primary care physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the final rule implementing higher payments to primary care physicians treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. The new rule raises reimbursement rates to ensure...

EHR Incentive Program statistics for August 2012

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Early in September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released estimates for the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs through August 2012. The numbers are now final, and here’s a rundown of who’s...

NJ-HITEC readies for Stage 1 Meaningful Use deadline

by Patrick Ouellette

It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say that Regional Extension Centers (RECs) are the handiworks of meaningful use attestation, filling the necessary gaps and offering advice when called upon. These handiworks are going to be put to...

S&P report: Healthcare spending declining

by Patrick Ouellette

Recent numbers from S&P indicate that commercial insurance and Medicare programs are starting to foot the bill on average per capita healthcare costs much more than they did for all of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. But figures from...

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