Electronic Health Records


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....

GOP Senators seek details about meaningful use exemption

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During HIMSS14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed it would be making a concession to eligible hospitals and professionals concerning Stage 2 Meaningful Use so long as it concerns their inability to implement...

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Members of Congress are pushing the leaders of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to use the EHR Incentive Programs as a vehicle for...

Complex denials, appeals in RAC process costing hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The purpose of the Recovery Audit Program and its Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) is to identify Medicare overpayments and underpayments across the country, but according to a survey of hospitals by the American Hospital Association...

HHS FY 2015 budget to reduce Medicare-Medicaid fraud, waste

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services has release its budget for fiscal year 2015, which the department claims is both “fiscally responsible” and aims to strengthen its two most important programs — and doing so...

EHR Meaningful Use Fraud Draws Attention of Congress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Allegations of meaningful fraud that led to an indictment in Texas have now motivated a Congressional committee to invite the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) to a...

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...



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