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CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible...

CMS Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

CMS has begun the 2016 Change Review Process (CRP) to evaluate electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) under meaningful use, according to a public statement. The CRP will take place on the JIRA CQM Project. Using that platform, eCQM...

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...

Industry Groups React to MACRA Participation Flexibilities

by Sara Heath

Several industry groups have expressed praise for the new MACRA Quality Payment Program reporting guidelines and flexibilities that CMS released late last week. The guidelines ease the program’s reporting requirements by allowing...

CMS Releases Guide on Developing Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the Quality Measure Development Plan, a framework for establishing clinical quality measures and reporting programs that support new value-based...

CMS Offers 3 Listening Sessions on MACRA Proposed Rules

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MACRA implementation, according to an official CMS news...

CMS Requests Feedback on New eCQMs for Inpatient Hospitals

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting feedback from hospital stakeholders and healthcare organizations on new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) regarding the use of antipsychotics by older adults in...

CMS Updates Schematrons for Hospital Quality Reporting for CQMS

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Hospital Quality Reporting schematrons for the 2016 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Eligible Professional Programs and...

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...

CMS Seeks Comments on Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS is calling for public comment on its draft 2017 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR), according to a recent statement. The draft 2017 implementation guide is designed...

One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Interoperable EHRs Coming to More Care Facilities, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

Health technology and interoperable EHRs are about to reach even more patients, according to a recent announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In a blog post, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt and...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access...

CMS Answers FAQ on EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exceptions

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released another frequently asked question regarding hardship exception submittal in the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency explains that providers may submit a hardship exception...

CMS Meaningful Use Attestation System Down Feb. 21 for Repairs

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be shutting down its online EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System on Sunday, February 21 from 6:00 AM to 10 AM Eastern time in order to correct a system...

CMS Streamlines Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Guidelines

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with several industry stakeholders and provider groups, have developed a set of streamlined and simplified clinical quality measures reporting requirements. According...

CMS Posts Meaningful Use FAQs for Eligible Hospitals

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published two frequently asked questions regarding the EHR Incentive Programs. First, CMS explained the conditions under which a meaningful use eligible professional (EP)...

AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

by Sara Heath

Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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