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CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

December 28, 2016 - 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 Stage 2 Meaningful Use is any continuous 90-day period within the calendar year. These worksheets can serve as a guide as administrators use the...


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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...

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 Reviews 2016 Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements

by Sara Heath

CMS is reminding eligible providers about the 2016 requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, including added flexibilities. In a public statement, the agency reviewed changes for secure electronic messaging reporting requirements. For this...

How’s CMS Helping Eligible Clinicians Prepare for MIPS?

by Sara Heath

CMS has funneled millions of dollars into providing clinician support during the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to the CMS Director of Quality Measurements and Value-Based Incentives Group Kate Goodrich,...

HHS Releases Finalized Quality Payment Program, MACRA Rule

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services has officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a press release. The Quality Payment Program, which...

CMS Details Public Health Reporting Requirements for 2016

by Sara Heath

In its fourth installment for National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about public health reporting meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting year. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...

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 Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active participants...

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...

CMS Builds Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Repository

by Sara Heath

CMS is building a central repository to assist eligible providers in meeting meaningful use requirements for public health reporting, the federal agency announced Friday. The repository will indicate the readiness of public health agencies (PHAs)...

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 providers...

CMS Releases Guide on Developing Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the Quality Measure Development Plan, a framework for establishing clinical quality measures and reporting programs that support new value-based reimbursement...

CMS Offers 3 Listening Sessions on MACRA Proposed Rules

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MACRA implementation, according to an official CMS news update....

CMS Requests Feedback on New eCQMs for Inpatient Hospitals

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting feedback from hospital stakeholders and healthcare organizations on new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) regarding the use of antipsychotics by older adults in inpatient...

CMS Updates Schematrons for Hospital Quality Reporting for CQMS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Hospital Quality Reporting schematrons for the 2016 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Eligible Professional Programs and Hospital Quality...

Tips for Successful Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016

by Sara Heath

In an effort to help eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals successfully participate in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tip sheet to help them attest...

REC Impact on Successful Meaningful Use Attestations

by Sara Heath

Regional extension centers (RECs) played a significant role in boosting meaningful use success, according to a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to the report, 68 percent...

CMS Seeks Comments on Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

CMS is calling for public comment on its draft 2017 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR), according to a recent statement. The draft 2017 implementation guide is designed to...

One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)...

Interoperable EHRs Coming to More Care Facilities, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

Health technology and interoperable EHRs are about to reach even more patients, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In a blog post, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt and Department...

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