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Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

January 2, 2018 - CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As of January 2, 2018, Medicare eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program must use QNet,” stated CMS in a list serv....

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CMS Issues List of 32 Clinical Quality Measures for Consideration

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a list of 32 clinical quality measures under consideration (MUC) as part of its Meaningful Measures initiative, which is designed to whittle down the number of quality measures to those most critical. “CMS is committed...

CMS Head Recognizes Need for Fewer Clinical Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently admitted some federal regulations do not make sense and stated the organization will prioritize consolidating quality measures to lessen provider burden.  Verma outlined the ways CMS intends to tackle...

Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The ability for care quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care models....

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool

by Kate Monica

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the revised Performance...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

by Kate Monica

A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

CMS to Update eCQM Value Sets for 2017 Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

CMS will issue an addendum to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets as a result of changes in the October, 2016, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates, according to a public statement. Although these the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes...

CMS Offers Aid for Clinical Quality Measure Reporting in MIPS

by Sara Heath

CMS has posted the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Logic Flows for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period. The Logic Flows are intended to help eligible clinicians participating in MIPS to successfully...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?

by Sara Heath

The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs blog. “While...

Clinical Decision Support Tools May Improve Kidney Treatment

by Sara Heath

EHR clinical decision support tools might show promise in improving testing and maintenance for chronic kidney disease, according to research published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. According to a research team led...

AHRQ Awards $13.4M for Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

by Sara Heath

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $13.4 million in funding to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) participants to help develop pediatric care quality measures, according to a press release. These...

CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible professionals,...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

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...

Clinical Workflow Progress Vital to Boost Health IT Quality

by Sara Heath

For 78 percent of healthcare quality experts, improved clinical workflow and efficiency are the keys to boosting health information technology quality. In a recent survey conducted by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), healthcare quality...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

by Sara Heath

The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs....

EHR Adoption Positively Impacts Nurses, Clinical Workflows

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is linked to improved clinical workflows for nursing staffs, helping them to improve the quality of care they provide, new research shows. In a study, led by AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, EdD, RN, a research team measured care quality and...

Do EHR Implementations Have Negative Short-Term Effects?

by Sara Heath

A new EHR implementation has little to no short-term effect on patient safety and care outcomes, showing that the anticipated disruptions EHR implementation may not be something for providers to worry about, new research shows. In a study published...

78% of Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

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...

AAFP: Complex MACRA Implementation Rule Requires “Step Back”

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...



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