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Eligible Hospitals Must Use QNet for Meaningful Use Attestation

January 2, 2018 - CMS recently issued a reminder that eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs must use the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet) to submit meaningful use attestations in 2018. “As of January 2, 2018, Medicare eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program must use QNet,” stated CMS in a...


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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...

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...

Seema Verma Confirmed to Serve as New CMS Administrator

by Kate Monica

Seema Verma, SVC, Inc Founder, CEO and President, was confirmed yesterday as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration. “CMS is a $1 trillion agency and covers...

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...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

by Kate Monica

Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed meaningful use payment adjustment on eligible professionals not meeting the yearly requirements set for the EHR Incentive Programs. According CMS, 171,000 EPs...

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...

ACO Health IT, EHR Use May Point to Needed Policy Changes

by Sara Heath

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) tend to have stronger health IT and EHR use than non-ACOs, suggesting that the incentives in those care models foster higher quality care than others, says a study published in the American Journal of...

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...

CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule

by Sara Heath

Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly...

AHA Urges Congress to Enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association is throwing its weight behind the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act, which would reduce reporting requirements and allow greater flexibility for eligible clinicians and hospitals in meaningful...

Public Health Reporting Repository Deadline Fast Approaching

by Sara Heath

The deadline for public health agencies and clinical data registries to report their readiness to the CMS central repository is fast approaching, according to a public statement. Registries ready to collect public health and clinical data...

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...

98% of Hospitals Avoid Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

by Sara Heath

Ninety-eight percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals will not be subjected to payment adjustments in 2017 due to their successful stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use attestation, says the Centers for Medicare &...

Arizona Overpays $14M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that Arizona may have made significant overpayments for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program totaling to $14,830,859. According to the report, Arizona has been making both over...

Epic Systems, Cerner Top EHR Vendors for Meaningful Users

by Sara Heath

Epic Systems and Cerner Corporation continue to be the top dogs when it comes to the EHR Incentive Programs. According to new data from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the two EHR vendors...

CMS Proposes 90-Day Reporting Period for 2016 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible providers will only need to attest to meaningful use for a 90-day period in 2016, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This...

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...

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...

Top Performing EHR Vendors in Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Since April 2011 and November, eligible professionals and hospitals have completed 722,675 meaningful use attestations using a variety of certified EHR technology across two stages of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. (As a comparison,...

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