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athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

May 18, 2017 - athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that emerged last year. "Every hospital or health system — no matter the size— wants a...


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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...

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...

GAO Calls on HHS to Better Encourage Patient EHR Access

by Kate Monica

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reevaluate the effectiveness of its attempts to promote patient EHR access and EHR data use after finding few patients regularly access...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in several...

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 Clarifies Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Requirement

by Kate Monica

In a recent update, CMS added information to their compendium of FAQs regarding calculations for EHR Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action. The most recent addition focuses on whether other eligible professionals...

CMS proposes changes to hospital inpatient payment programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Updates will be coming to the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) as a result of a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). To be published two weeks from now in the Federal Register,...

ONC reminds providers of July 1 hardship exception deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Eligible professionals (EPs) have until July 1, 2014, to submit their applications for a hardship exception to avoid a payment adjustment as a result of failing to demonstrate meaningful use during reporting year 2013, according to a reminder...

How will vendors prep for ICD-10, Stage 2 MU after the delay?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reactions to the ICD-10 delay, which has pushed off the new code set until at least October 1, 2015, have been all over the map.  Disappointed coders, ambivalent physicians, and opportunity seekers on the financial side have all weighed...

2014 EHR certification churns along as ONC list tops 1000

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 1000 EHR products have been certified by the Office of the National Coordinator as meeting 2014 CEHRT criteria, according to the official product list, representing a major jump from just a few months ago.  Providers have been...

HIMSS recommends changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a week that has already seen a change in the timeline for ICD-10, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is reiterating the need to revisit the schedule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and offering recommendations...

Midnight deadline looms for Medicare meaningful use EPs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is reminding eligible professionals in the EHR Incentive Program for Medicare of an important attestation deadline that takes place tonight. EPs have 11:59 EDT on...

Meaningful use hospitals to face October payment changes

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding hospitals eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program that have not successfully participated that they will be subject to payment changes beginning on October 1, 2014. CMS...

GOP Senators seek details about meaningful use exemption

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During HIMSS14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed it would be making a concession to eligible hospitals and professionals concerning Stage 2 Meaningful Use so long as it concerns their inability to implement certified...

Physician groups voice concern with Meaningful Use in letter

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians aren’t seeing eye to eye with CMS and the ONC when it comes to the EHR Incentive Programs, and have taken their objections to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a letter penned by the American Medical Association (AMA), CHIME,...

ONC proposes 2015 edition EHR certification criteria

by Nicole Freeman

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced proposals for the 2015 edition of the certification criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology, allowing for routine updates every 12...

AAFP: SGR Changes to Meaningful Use May Be an “Improvement”

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Family Physicians is joining the growing number of organizations heartily approving Congressional action to restructure the way Medicare reimburses physicians and rewards them for high quality outcomes.  After endorsements...

Black Book: Best EHRs for CAHs include CPSI, Epic, Allscripts

by Jennifer Bresnick

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) and other small or rural facilities have a series of unique challenges to face when choosing and implementing an EHR.   Scarce resources, a complex patient population, and even a lack of reliable broadband...

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