Electronic Health Records


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...

CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and...

ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Checklist for Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

While ICD-10 acknowledgment testing is available any day of the year up until October 1, 2015, CMS is taking the first week in March to host another dedicated opportunity for providers.  The testing weeks serve as way to gather data...

CMS is Prepared for ICD-10 Implementation, GAO Report Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is adequately preparing for ICD-10 implementation to go ahead on October 1, 2015, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published late last week.  Both Medicare and Medicaid agencies have taken the...

Marilyn Tavenner’s Exit from CMS Brings Praise, Speculation

by Jennifer Bresnick

After five years at the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner took a bow late last week, announcing her resignation in an email to staff.  The healthcare industry was quick to offer its praise to the...

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Resigns Her Position

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, a key player in the industry’s ongoing adoption of EHRs and meaningful use, has resigned her position after a five-year tenure, a number of news outlets reported this morning.  In an email to CMS...

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...

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...

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...

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...



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