Electronic Health Records


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...

Payments changes proposed for Medicare home health agencies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) with the aim of providing “greater efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy, and improved...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Here’s how to volunteer for the ICD-10 end-to-end test pilot

by Jennifer Bresnick

The news that CMS will be conducted a limited amount of ICD-10 end-to-end testing this summer was greeted with widespread approval, but also generated a number of new questions.  Who will be selected for the test?  How...

NextGen CMO named to EHR Association Executive Committee

by Nicole Freeman

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a provider of information systems, announced that its CMO, Sarah Corely, MD, FACP, has been elected to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association Executive Committee. The committee, a...

Meaningful use hospitals to face October payment changes

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding hospitals eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program that have not successfully participated that they will be subject to payment changes beginning on October 1, 2014....



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