Electronic Health Records


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...

CMS Funds to Help Rural Practices in Quality Payment Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a five-year program to support individual physician and small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $20 million to 11 organizations. Over the remaining...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use...

CMS Extends eCQM Deadline for EHR Incentive Programs

by Sara Heath

CMS has extended the deadline for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs. According to...

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...

CMS to Update eCQM Value Sets for 2017 Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

CMS will issue an addendum to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets as a result of changes in the October, 2016, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates, according to a public statement. Although these the ICD-10-CM and...

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...

How’s CMS Helping Eligible Clinicians Prepare for MIPS?

by Sara Heath

CMS has funneled millions of dollars into providing clinician support during the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to the CMS Director of Quality Measurements and Value-Based Incentives Group Kate...

HHS Releases Finalized Quality Payment Program, MACRA Rule

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services has officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a press release. The Quality Payment Program,...

CMS Details Public Health Reporting Requirements for 2016

by Sara Heath

In its fourth installment for National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about public health reporting meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting year. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access...

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...



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