Electronic Health Records


New eHealth University contains tools for ICD-10 transition

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that its new eHealth University resource center also includes tools to help healthcare providers successfully transition to ICD-10. eHealth University is offering ICD-10...

ONC proposes 2015 edition EHR certification criteria

by Nicole Freeman

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced proposals for the 2015 edition of the certification criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology, allowing for routine updates every...

2013 Marked Final Year for eRx Incentive Program

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that 2013 is the final year of the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. While participants will still be able to access...

February 19: 2013 PQRS-EHR pilot participation deadline

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that participation in the EHR Registration and Attestation System for 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare EHR Incentive...

Congress raises concerns about HHS handling of RAC program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The handling of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has raised concerns among members of Congress. A total of 111 members of the House of Representatives have subscribed their...

WEDI offers ICD-10 compliance webinar series

by Nicole Freeman

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Cooperative Exchange, and other private industry partners will be hosting a webinar series entitled ICD-10 Success Initiative....

Texas healthcare CFO charged with meaningful use fraud

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Allegations of meaningful use fraud and identity theft have a Texas hospital CFO facing prison time and hefty fines, according to the Dallas News. Mile Moffeit is reporting that a grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas has indicted...

EHR Incentive Programs top $19.2 billion in payments

by Jennifer Bresnick

Eligible providers and hospitals are still raking in the dough to compensate for EHR adoption, said the HIT Policy Committee during its latest meeting this week.  More than $19.2 billion in incentive payments have been doled out to...

Direct lab access may boost patient engagement, involvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The joint HHS, CMS, and CDC announcement that patients will be able to directly access lab results without going through their providers has been lauded by industry experts as an important step forward in the quest to engage patients with...

New HHS rule grants patients direct access to lab results

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to...

Participation, transactions increase for eHealth Exchange

by Nicole Freeman

Healtheway recently released the results of its annual eHealth Exchange participation survey. The findings reveal an increase in both exchange participation and the number of transactions occurring. The eHealth Exchanges has 41 members...

Undelivered Medicare notices hurting Medicare, says OIG

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is missing out on opportunities to help identify Medicare fraud and abuse because a significant number of Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) never find their way to beneficiaries through...

House-approved omnibus bill seeks to limit ACA support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an omnibus bill that would provide $1.012 trillion in discretionary funding to run the federal government through 2014. On the heels of 359-67 vote heralded as a bipartisan...

Meaningful use of EHRs brings providers nearly $18 billion

by Jennifer Bresnick

The cash continues to flow freely for providers who have proven the meaningful use of their EHRs, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Eligible providers and hospitals have shared...

Government intervenes in 8 HMA admissions kickback lawsuits

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Justice is intervening in eight False Claims Acts lawsuits against Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA) claiming that HMA’s former CEO Gary Newsome led the corporation in pressuring emergency department staff to...

February 28: Last day to attest to 2013 meaningful use

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that the last day to register and attest to meaningful use for 2013 is February 28, 2014. EPs must attest by midnight to receive an incentive...

Health spending growth remains low for 4th-straight year

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has reported that national health expenditures have seen four consecutive years of low growth. The annual growth rate for 2012 was 3.7 percent. Slower growth in...

HHS seeks commentary on health plan certification rule

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sharing the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) new proposed health plan certification rule. HHS is seeking public comment on the proposed rule. Here is the full...

First and second quarter PQRS feedback now available

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that eligible professionals (EPs) who submitted a PQRS quality measure in 2013 can now access first and second quarter submission data. The information is available through...

Epic, ICD-10, government shutdown are hottest topics of 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare is in the middle of a massive shakeup, and there are plenty of big stories to go along with the changes.  From Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 meaningful use delay, the...



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