Electronic Health Records


89 New Accountable Care Organizations join Medicare Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Dozens of new accountable care organizations will take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) starting in January. Eighty-nine accountable care organizations (ACOs) have joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in a bid to...

CMS Adds More Quality of Care Data to Comparison Sites

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is expanding the quality of care data available on several of its patient-facing websites. Consumers looking for information about the quality of care they can expect at their healthcare providers will be able to browse more information from...

CMS Does a Poor Job on Healthcare Cost, Quality Data, GAO Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS must improve the transparency of its quality and cost data for Medicare beneficiaries, GAO said in a new report. CMS does not present its healthcare cost and quality data in a way that allows consumers to make informed decisions about their...

CMS pays out $24.8B in meaningful use incentives through July

by Jennifer Bresnick

The pace of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation among eligible providers and hospitals is picking up steam after a slow start earlier this year, contributing to more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments cashed by the healthcare industry during...

July 15: WEDI, CMS begin meaningful use webinar series

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and CMS will be hosting a three-part webinar series focused on the EHR Incentive Programs.  The series, titles “Getting the Most Out of Meaningful Use,” will address recent developments...

MGMA urges CMS to provide guidance on EFT transfer payments

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner urging more oversight for electronic funds transfers (EFTs) for the payments of medical services.  While the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

CMS begins restructuring of Quality Improvement Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken its first step toward improving its efforts to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of care quality for Medicare beneficiaries in through the Quality Improvement...

4 hospitals, 50 EPs have attested to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Only four eligible hospitals (EHs) and fifty eligible providers (EPs) have attested to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use so far, said Beth Myers on behalf of CMS during the latest Health IT Policy Committee meeting this week.  While Myers stressed...

AHA, AMA respond to new CMS proposal for ICD-10 deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently working on its interim to implement the new compliance date for ICD-10, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) have indicated their...

CMS: We intend to set ICD-10 date for October 1, 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an email update, CMS has finally broken its silence on the ICD-10 delay with a message that will provide some relief for providers still questioning the future of the new code set: the department intends to release guidance officially mandating...

EHR Incentive Programs payout tops $22.9 billion in March

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful Use has netted nearly $23 billion for eligible hospitals (EHs) and professionals since the inception of the EHR Incentive Programs, representing participation from just over 90% of hospitals and close to 70% of 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,...

CMS final rule to increase Medicare payments to FQHCs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) could be in line for a significant increase their payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A final rule to be published on the Federal Register later this week aims to implement...

AMA reminds group providers of Sep. 30 PQRS deadline

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians in a group setting have until September 30 to register for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO), reminds the American Medical Association.  Groups with more than 10 physicians must...

Is it time to “damn the mandates” and forget meaningful use?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Even as the healthcare industry marches dutifully into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, there are still plenty of physicians that have not yet accepted the requirements put forth by CMS in the EHR Incentive Programs.  Dr.  Daniel F. Craviotto Jr.,...

Jonathan Blum leaves CMS for “new opportunities”

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has announced his departure from the agency not long after the resignation of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  Appointed in 2009 as Director of CMS, Blum has overseen major changes to Medicare,...

AHA sues HHS over two-midnight rule, Medicare policies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has increased its advocacy against the two-midnight rule and other Medicare inpatient policies, which now includes a series of complaints filed in United States District Court on Monday. The complaints...

Medicare data released to chagrin of provider associations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is calling the release of Medicare provider utilization and payment data both “historic” and “unprecedented,” but those are not the words being used by two prominent...

GAO: Lack of data standards foils EHR interoperability, HIE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Insufficient data standards continue to cause difficulty for providers attempting to exchange health information, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), despite the efforts of CMS and the ONC to streamline the methods...

AMA educates physicians about cost of ACA 90-day grace period

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) has concerns for a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that could catch physician practices unawares and negatively impact their finances. The association is attempting to educate providers and medical...



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