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GE Healthcare EHR Earns 2015 Edition ONC Health IT Certification

November 22, 2017 - GE Healthcare’s EHR and practice management solutions recently received 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help eligible professionals (EPs) and clinicians successfully meet federal reporting requirements. GE Healthcare’s solutions – Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR – are now certified to help EPs and eligible clinicians attest for Stage 3 meaningful...


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EHRA Recommends CMMI Align Regulations, CEHRT Requirements

by Kate Monica

The EHR Association (EHRA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting the federal agency align technology requirements of new payment models with requirements related to certified EHR technology (CEHRT). The CEHRT requirements need to be better...

AHA Suggests CMMI Promote Health Data Exchange, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently responded to a CMS request for information (RFI) to set a new direction for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) and stressed the need for improved health data exchange...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hurt the Small Specialty Practice

by Kate Monica

Federal reporting requirements such as meaningful use have notoriously put a strain on healthcare organizations since the implementation of the HITECH Act of 2009, clouding the potential benefits of EHR technology with burdensome regulations...

Experts Advise How to Improve Health IT Use, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the Journal of AHIMA (JAHIMA) examined the nation’s strategy for attaining true interoperability and high-quality care through discussions with health IT experts about the past, present, and future of health IT use....

Meaningful Measures Initiative to Focus on Care Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to care quality metrics that will only involve evaluating core issues most vital to high-quality care delivery and improved patient outcomes called Meaningful Measures. Verma announced the...

Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

CMS Details 2018 Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

by Kate Monica

“Eligible hospitals that do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use for an EHR reporting period associated with a payment adjustment year will receive reduced Medicare payments for that year,” clarified the federal agency in a...

CMS Moves Meaningful Use Attestation System to Secure Portal

by Kate Monica

CMS is moving the data reporting process from the EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNET) to simplify meaningful use attestation for eligible hospitals. The change will go into effect on...

NCQA Recommends 11 Changes to Quality Payment Program Rule

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently made nearly a dozen recommendations to CMS on the next iteration of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The recommendations came in response to a request for comment regarding the QPP...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

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