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MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program

by Kate Monica

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value...

AHA, HIMSS Support CMS Plans for Meaningful Use, MyHealthEData

by Kate Monica

HIMSS and AHA voiced support for CMS after the federal agency revealed plans to overhaul meaningful use requirements as part of the EHR Incentive Programs and to promote patient EHR access through the Trump Administration’s...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development

by Kate Monica

CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the...

CMS Shares Plans to Enable Interoperability, Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

In remarks at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, CMS Administrator Seema Verma detailed several of the federal agency’s plans to improve interoperability and health data exchange in support of the value-based care system. CMS...

MyHealthEData Initiative to Improve EHR Patient Data Access

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma recently announced a new initiative from the Trump Administration —  MyHealthEData — designed to improve EHR patient data access. According to an announcement from Verma during HIMSS18, the...

New Oversight Framework to Promote EHR Usability, Innovation

by Kate Monica

The Bipartisan Policy Center and Health IT Now have joined forces to establish an oversight framework to encourage health IT innovation and improve EHR usability, interoperability, and safety. “To inform and support the...

Family Physician EHR Use Outweighs Provider-Patient Interaction

by Kate Monica

Primary care physicians spend more time on EHR use than they spend interacting with patients face-to-face during clinic visits, according to a new study in Family Medicine. Young et al. conducted a cross-sectional, observational study of...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the...

FL District Court Dismisses Epic Systems False Claims Act Case

by Kate Monica

A district court in Tampa, Florida recently dismissed a False Claims Act case brought against Epic Systems by a WakeMed Health specialist alleging Epic's billing software had incorrectly billed for anesthesia charges, according to...

CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

This year CMS will prioritize health IT innovation and regulatory relief for clinical documentation, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Verma discussed the federal agency’s 2018 goals with AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack...

MGMA Urges CMS Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Information

by Kate Monica

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS release 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information. The association also urged CMS...

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

by Kate Monica

Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system...

What Eligible Clinicians Should Expect from MIPS in 2018

by Kate Monica

After several discussions between policymakers, stakeholders, and clinicians throughout 2017, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The...

3 Upcoming MIPS Deadlines Clinicians Need to Know in 2018

by Kate Monica

With the start of the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rapidly approaching, eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) need to keep an eye on several deadlines. The second year of...

Former National Coordinator DeSalvo Joins UT Dell Med School

by Kate Monica

Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will join the University of Texas (UT) Austin Dell Medical School faculty in January. DeSalvo was appointed National Coordinator by former...

OIG Recommends Quality Payment Program Management Changes

by Kate Monica

A follow-up investigation of Quality Payment Program (QPP) management by CMS conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) yielded two recommendations to improve program implementation and integrity. OIG first conducted a review of...

Cancer Practice to Pay $26M for False Meaningful Use Attestations

by Kate Monica

21st Century Oncology reached a settlement with the Department of Justice to resolve allegations that the healthcare organization submitted false or inflated meaningful use attestations. The $26 million settlement will also resolve...

CMS Approves ASCP for Qualified Clinical Data Registry Status

by Kate Monica

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently announced its National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is now a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status for 2018. Achieving QCDR status means NPQR now...

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