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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 technology...


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Handful of EHR Systems Achieve 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

All three Greenway EHR and practice management solutions have achieved 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help providers meet federal reporting requirements as the healthcare industry transitions to the value-based care system. The solutions...

4 Tips for Successfully Navigating EHR Vendor Relationships

by Sheri Stoltenberg

Across the country, the healthcare industry has nearly reached full transition from paper documentation to electronic health records (EHRs). Thanks to the push from government initiatives, by 2025, the global EHR market will reach a reported...

MeHI $193K Awards to CEHRT Vendors Target Behavioral Health

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Four certified EHR technology (CEHRT) vendors are the recipients of a combined $193,000 from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech to support behavioral health data reporting across the state. The four CEHRT vendors — eHana,...

Stakeholders Seek Common Changes to Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

CMS is currently gearing up to finalize the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2018. Released in June, the proposed rule seeks to simplify the second year of the program comprising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

Greenway Health Achieves 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Greenway Health recently announced its EHR solution has earned 2015 ONC Health IT certification allowing community providers to receive payments under Medicaid meaningful use Stage 3 and Quality Payment Program (QPP) requirements. Greenways certified...

AAFP Requests Simplified Quality Payment Program Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting the federal organization simplify the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This feedback was included as part of the academy’s response to a CMS 2018...

AMIA Supports Less Aggressive CMS 2015 CEHRT Timeline

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments supporting a CMS proposed rule that impacts hospital implementations of certified EHR technology.* Editor's note: Portions of this article have been updated...

eClinicalWorks Settlement Likely to Unsettle Provider Partners

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent $155-million settlement between the federal government and eClinicalWorks sent reverberations throughout the healthcare industry and raised concerns about the capabilities of even certified EHR technology. If one of the more popular...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

eClinicalWorks to Pay $155M for EHR Certification Allegations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks has agreed to pay $155 million to resolve allegations that the EHR company misled consumers about the certification of its EHR technology and paid some customers kickbacks in return for positive promotion of its product, the Department...

Allscripts First to Offer 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology

by Kate Monica

Allscripts is now offering a health IT suite that meets 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) criteria, leading the pack into the new era of upgraded electronic health record tools.   With the Quality Payment Program underway, eligible...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

CDC Data Show Slight Increase in Physician EHR Use in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

According to the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, 86.9 percent of all office-based physician use an EHR system, 53.9 percent a basic EHR system, and 77.9 percent a certified EHR system (i.e., certified EHR technology or CEHRT)....

MGMA Requests Immediate Provider Notifications for MIPS 2017

by Kate Monica

Providers participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are voicing concern over continued delays regarding notifications meant to offer guidance on how eligible clinicians can comply with the program’s requirements for...

CMS Guidance for MIPS Advancing Care Information Measures

by Kate Monica

With the Merit-based Incentive Payment System taking effect this year, eligible clinicians are eager to receive clarification regarding the ability of their EHR technology to support them in satisfying requirements of this Quality Payment Program...

Halamka Offers Guidance for Health IT Implementation, Policies

by Kate Monica

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, recently published comments on the future of national healthcare IT after attending HIMSS17. The list contained 10 guiding principles for maintaining and improving health IT regulations...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay

by Kate Monica

Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of Healthcare Information...

Only One-Third of Docs Using Robust Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published a data brief on variation in physician office health data exchange by state in 2015. According to its authors, approximately one-third of office-based physicians...

AHA: ONC Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking Specificity

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) issued comments on the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to get more specific about...

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