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AHA Seeks Changes to Stark Law to Support Care Coordination

by Kate Monica

Stark Law in its current form impedes care coordination and limits physicians’ ability to transition to a value-based care system, according to AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. Pollack emphasized the need for legislators and...

CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

by Kate Monica

CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul. The federal agency is currently in the...

5 Ways to Prevent Physician Burnout in the Age of the EHR System

by Kate Monica

Rates of EHR adoption and physician burnout have both steadily risen nationwide in recent years — and research shows that’s no coincidence. Healthcare CEOs in 2017 identified EHR technology as a key contributing factor to the...

How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released its proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce administrative burden for eligible...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

by Kate Monica

In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

by Kate Monica

CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed...

Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

by Kate Monica

Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema...

CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

by Elizabeth Snell

Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial...

HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients...

MIPS Requirements Could Be Waived for Certain Clinicians

by Elizabeth Snell

The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration is being advanced, which would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for some clinicians, CMS announced last week. The MIPS...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

by Elizabeth Snell

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

Stakeholders Disagree Over How CMS Can Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and AHA disagree over whether CMS should modify Conditions of Participation (CoPs) in Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals to promote interoperability improvements. The associations submitted...

AMGA Endorses Standardized Quality Measure Set to Simplify Reporting

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors recently endorsed a set of 14 standardized quality measures as part of an effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with reporting requirements. The measure set...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

by Kate Monica

UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to...

CMS Data Element Library Advances Interoperability, MyHealthEData

by Kate Monica

In keeping with the aims of the MyHealthEData initiative, CMS recently launched a Data Element Library (DEL) that supports health data and health IT standardization to improve interoperability. DEL is a free, centralized database that...

CMS Seeks Public Comment to Reduce Stark Law Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment and recommendations about ways the federal agency can reduce the regulatory burden associated with the physician self-referral law (Stark Law). The federal agency is...

HIMSS, Health IT Now Weigh In On CMS Opioid Crisis Guidance

by Kate Monica

Healthcare industry stakeholders have mixed opinions about recent CMS guidance advising ways states can leverage health IT and EHR technology to address the opioid crisis. A June 11 letter from CMS provided guidance to states about...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

by Elizabeth Snell

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

Nurses Asked to Falsify Patient Health Records at Kansas Hospital

by Kate Monica

Kansas-based Blue Valley Hospital nurses told CMS inspectors that they were asked to falsify patient health records to include medical complications that would justify keeping patients in the hospital longer to earn Medicare...

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