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Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

July 19, 2017 - Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) co-authored the letter as Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, respectively. The large sum of...


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MedPAC Recommends CMS Simplify MIPS Reporting Requirements

by Kate Monica

A congressional agency recently issued its June report highlighting the need to improve the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) by reducing administrative burden and increasing the importance...

CMS Releases Proposed Quality Payment Program Rule Summary

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released an extensive 26-page summary of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule detailing the most significant potential changes providers can expect should the rule go into effect.   QPP was designed primarily to improve...

Most Physicians Doubt Preparedness for MACRA Requirements

by Kate Monica

A recent survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found over 75 percent of physicians feel unprepared to meet MACRA requirements in 2017. Published at the Eighth Annual Alternative Payment Model (APM) and Accountable Care Organization...

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...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

by Kate Monica

A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes...

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...

OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

by Kate Monica

CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published Monday,...

CMS Outlines 2015 PQRS Reporting Challenges, Trends

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a report outlining the reporting experience for providers under the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) in 2015. The report also includes notable trends in provider experience from previous years of the PQRS program...

CMS Details Quality Payment Program Technical Assistance

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued a guide of technical assistance resources clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can use to navigate one of its two pathways successfully. The list of free resources gives clinicians participating in...

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...

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