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Certified EHR Technology Aids Care Coordination, Payment Reform

May 13, 2015 - The development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has an overarching goal of lowering healthcare costs across the board by enabling a team of healthcare professionals to work together in treating a patient and preventing disease. Essentially, ACO providers are responsible for decreasing some of the high financial investments found throughout the healthcare industry. Certified EHR ...


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Greenway to Pay $57.25M for False EHR Certification Allegations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Greenway Health LLC has agreed to pay $57.25 million to resolve complaints that its “Prime Suite” EHR product caused users to submit false information to the EHR Incentive Programs.  The federal government has also accused...

Cerner Bringing Prescription Drug Pricing to Point of Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Thursday, the Kansas City-based company announced that a CoverMyMeds solution for reviewing prescription pricing information during a doctor’s visit would be integrated into its electronic prescribing tool, Cerner...

AMIA Voices Support for Health IT Testing in the Field

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Informatics Association is advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the scope of health IT testing in the field to ensure the success of the proposed National Test Collaborative. “Despite...

2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule Pushes 2015 Edition CEHRT

by Kate Monica

Eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will be required to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) beginning in the 2019 performance period, according to the 2019 Quality Payment...

EHR Interoperability Improving Among Acute Care Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Acute care hospitals are steadily improving their EHR interoperability capabilities for more advanced health data exchange, according to ONC leaders in a recent Health IT Buzz blogpost. ONC analyzed 2017 data from AHA’s Information...

Top Interoperability Questions to Consider During EHR Selection

by Kate Monica

Improving interoperability is the central focus of several CMS federal incentive program policies, ONC initiatives, and new partnerships between EHR vendors and health data exchange services providers. Healthcare’s inability to...

2015 Edition CEHRT In Use By Over 90% of Eligible Hospitals

by Kate Monica

Over 90 percent of eligible hospitals use 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) as of October 2018, according to the most recent data from ONC. This update comes as part of a set of data visualizations showing the percentage of...

Specialized EHR Systems Help Docs Collect, Share Valuable Insight

by Kate Monica

Customizing or specializing EHR systems to meet the unique needs of providers in different specialties, care settings, and hospitals can prevent clinicians from spending a significant portion of their workday sifting through large amounts...

HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

by Kate Monica

HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting...

Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

by Kate Monica

MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

Boosting EHR Usability, Safety Throughout the EHR Life Cycle

by Kate Monica

A new report from AMA, Pew Charitable Trusts, and MedStar Health outlines recommendations on how stakeholders can improve EHR usability and safety throughout the entire EHR life cycle, as well as criteria for rigorous safety tests. The...

Meaningful Use Investigation Centers on Community Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Community Health Systems (CHS) is currently in the midst of a civil investigation into its ability to fulfill requirements of the meaningful use program, according to details contained within the health system’s Form 10-Q filing with...

CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

by Kate Monica

A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

by Kate Monica

Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

FDA Provides Guidance for EHR Data Use in Clinical Investigations

by Kate Monica

FDA released new guidance this month intended to inform EHR data use in clinical investigations, ensure EHR data quality and integrity, promote interoperability between EHR systems and electronic data capture (EDC) systems, and relay FDA...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

by Kate Monica

UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

Cerner, Epic 2015 CEHRT Most Commonly Used by Eligible Clinicians

by Kate Monica

The highest number of eligible hospitals and clinicians used the 2015 edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from Cerner and Epic to attest to meaningful use from 2011 to 2016, according to ONC. ONC recently posted two data...

What Eligible Clinicians Should Expect from MIPS in 2018

by Kate Monica

After several discussions between policymakers, stakeholders, and clinicians throughout 2017, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The...

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