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VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

May 19, 2017 - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage Systems, Inc. (DSS, Inc.) earned the contract for its commercially available, off-the-shelf online patient self-scheduling system technology. The...


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VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

AAFP Recommends CMS Simplify MACRA Implementation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting ways the federal agency can simplify MACRA implementation requirements for providers. Representing 124,900 physicians and medical students across the...

CMS to Inform Clinicians of MIPS Participation Status in May

by Kate Monica

All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced. The federal agency is in the process...

CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

CMS recently developed a centralized repository of public health agencies and clinical data registry reporting to provide a one-stop source of information for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The...

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...

CMS Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance

by Kate Monica

CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities,...

New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting

by Kate Monica

A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the Federal...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

by Kate Monica

A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

Alpha II Registry Approved as 2017 MIPS Qualified Registry

by Kate Monica

CMS recently granted the Alpha II Registry approval to serve as a qualified registry for reporting Merit-based Incentive Payment System data as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017. The Florida-based healthcare software and software-related...

CMS Announces MIPS Registration Period for Group Reporting

by Kate Monica

CMS recently announced that groups planning to use its Group Web Interface or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) must register to report 2017 performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

Administrative Burden Remains Top Challenge for Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time made up the top-three challenges facing respondents a survey on physician satisfaction which the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted last month. Despite these and other challenges —...

AMA Leads Call for Address EHR Quality Reporting Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry

by Kate Monica

Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a Texas health information exchange, has recently received approval from by CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling reporting requirements...

CMS Pre-releases eCQM Changes for the 2018 Reporting Period

by Kate Monica

With MIPS taking full effect this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released information on upcoming adjustments to electronic clinical quality (eCQM) measure standards, terminology, and specifications for quality...

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...

Seema Verma Confirmed to Serve as New CMS Administrator

by Kate Monica

Seema Verma, SVC, Inc Founder, CEO and President, was confirmed yesterday as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration. “CMS is a $1 trillion agency and covers over 100...

CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation...

CMS Funds to Help Rural Practices in Quality Payment Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a five-year program to support individual physician and small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $20 million to 11 organizations. Over the remaining four...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting. First, the...

CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

by Sara Heath

CMS has issued meaningful use attestation worksheets to help eligible professionals and eligible providers prepare for reporting, set to begin on January 3 and last through February 28, 2017. For all participants, the reporting period for modified...

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