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Cerner Launching EHR-Integrated Opioid Toolkit for Safe Prescribing

October 11, 2018 - Cerner is launching a new suite of EHR-integrated health IT tools in the coming weeks designed to promote safer prescribing practices among clinicians in an effort to combat the opioid epidemic. At the 2018 Cerner Health Conference (CHC), Cerner CEO Brent Shafer announced Cerner’s Opioid Toolkit. The toolkit includes several resources that will integrate directly into clinical...


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CMS Correcting Errors in 2017 MIPS Final Score Calculations

by Kate Monica

CMS has extended its targeted review process to October 15 to allow eligible clinicians, groups, and those participating in certain alternative payment models (APMs) to closely look over their 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System...

CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

A newly-released CMS proposed rule removes unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities in an effort to reduce administrative burden on providers and fulfill the aims of the federal agency’s Patients Over...

Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

by Kate Monica

MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator...

Red Tape Relief Project to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

The Committee on Ways & Means reiterated the importance of stakeholder collaboration to further the aims of the Medicare Red Tape Relief project designed to reduce administrative burden associated with federal regulations. This...

Meaningful Use Investigation Centers on Community Health Systems

by Kate Monica

Community Health Systems (CHS) is currently in the midst of a civil investigation into its ability to fulfill requirements of the meaningful use program, according to details contained within the health system’s Form 10-Q filing with...

CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

by Kate Monica

A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

by Kate Monica

Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

by Kate Monica

Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

CMS Final Rule Incentivizes Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

The CMS final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System includes policies that rebrand the meaningful use programs as the promoting interoperability (PI) program...

EHR Use, High Administrative Burden Driving Healthcare Spending

by Kate Monica

While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare...

AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and...

CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

by Kate Monica

CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul. The federal agency is currently in the...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System

by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released its proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce administrative burden for eligible...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

by Kate Monica

CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed...

Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

by Kate Monica

Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema...

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