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Certified EHR Technology Aids Care Coordination, Payment Reform

May 13, 2015 - The development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has an overarching goal of lowering healthcare costs across the board by enabling a team of healthcare professionals to work together in treating a patient and preventing disease. Essentially, ACO providers are responsible for decreasing some of the high financial investments found throughout the healthcare industry. Certified EHR ...


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Quality Payment Program Year 1 Participation Exceeds 90%

by Kate Monica

Over 90 percent of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent announcement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. CMS...

Two-thirds of US Hospitals Achieved Upper HIMSS EMRAM Adoption

by Elizabeth Snell

By the end of 2017, 66.7 percent of US hospitals reached either Stage 5 or Stage 6 of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM), according to HIMSS Analytics data. HIMSS EMRAM adoption shows how organizations are...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

by Kate Monica

Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the...

eClinicalWorks EHR Certification Subject of Recent Legal Action

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Carrollton Family Clinic of Mississippi is taking legal action following the $155-million settlement between eClinicalWorks and the Department of Justice over allegations that the EHR company falsely obtained certification for its EHR...

62 Hospitals Sued for Overbilled Patient EHRs, Falsified Claims

by Kate Monica

Sixty-two Indiana hospitals are being sued in a federal civil lawsuit for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme by overbilling for the release of patient EHRs. Unsealed court documents revealed the hospitals...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC...

Physicians Foresee Major Burden in Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

A recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found 82 percent of responding physicians view the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as very or extremely burdensome. The survey featured responses from physicians at 750...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic...

Greenway Health Achieves 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Greenway Health recently announced its EHR solution has earned 2015 ONC Health IT certification allowing community providers to receive payments under Medicaid meaningful use Stage 3 and Quality Payment Program (QPP)...

AMIA Supports Less Aggressive CMS 2015 CEHRT Timeline

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments supporting a CMS proposed rule that impacts hospital implementations of certified EHR technology.* Editor's note: Portions of this article have been...

eClinicalWorks Settlement Likely to Unsettle Provider Partners

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent $155-million settlement between the federal government and eClinicalWorks sent reverberations throughout the healthcare industry and raised concerns about the capabilities of even certified EHR technology. If one of the more...

eClinicalWorks to Pay $155M for EHR Certification Allegations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks has agreed to pay $155 million to resolve allegations that the EHR company misled consumers about the certification of its EHR technology and paid some customers kickbacks in return for positive promotion of its product, the...

CDC Data Show Slight Increase in Physician EHR Use in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

According to the 2015 National Electronic Health Records Survey, 86.9 percent of all office-based physician use an EHR system, 53.9 percent a basic EHR system, and 77.9 percent a certified EHR system (i.e., certified EHR technology or...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

by Kate Monica

A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads...

ONC EHR Oversight Rule Needs Better Testing Process, Pew Says

by Sara Heath

Despite intentions to improve patient safety through better EHR oversight and testing, the recent ONC Health IT Certification Program still contains gaps for adverse patient safety events, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. In a recent...

DirectTrust Hopeful for Impending ONC EHR Certification Rule

by Sara Heath

EHR oversight and certification may be best left in the hands of ONC, according to DirectTrust. According to the DirectTrust President & CEO, David Kibbe, MD, MBA, the EHR industry’s self-oversight may not be enough to ensure...

AHA Seeks Changes to EHR Certification, Quality Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The future of EHR certification and electronic clinical quality measures have much to gain the experiences of hospitals with EHR use and quality reporting over the past several years. That is the message from the American Hospital...

ONC Promises 2015 Health IT Certification Companion Guides

by Sara Heath

After publishing its 2015 Edition health IT certification final rule less than a week ago, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is looking ahead several steps at what’s in store for the federal agency in...

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