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Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus

April 3, 2017 - March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you all. It will be a day full of thanks and that will be a good thing. I’m incredibly grateful for not just your presence but for your commitment....


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Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you...

Administrative Burden Remains Top Challenge for Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Administrative burden, stress, and lack of time made up the top-three challenges facing respondents a survey on physician satisfaction which the American Medical Association (AMA) conducted last month. Despite these and other challenges —...

AMA Leads Call for Address EHR Quality Reporting Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

Seema Verma Confirmed to Serve as New CMS Administrator

by Kate Monica

Seema Verma, SVC, Inc Founder, CEO and President, was confirmed yesterday as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration. “CMS is a $1 trillion agency and covers over 100...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting. First, the...

Michigan HIE Enables State Immunization System Queries

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A partnership between Lakeland Health System and Great Lakes Health Connect has enabled the hospital organization to become the first of its kind in Michigan to allow EHR users to query patient immunization in the Michigan Care Improvement Registry...

CMS Sets New Deadline for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In line with reporting deadlines for the Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a new deadline for meaningful use attestation for the 2016...

CMS Extends EHR Reporting Deadline for PQRS to March 13

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension for EHR data reporting for the 2016  2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Eligible professionals, PQRS group practices, qualified clinical...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among the matters...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Requirement

by Kate Monica

In a recent update, CMS added information to their compendium of FAQs regarding calculations for EHR Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action. The most recent addition focuses on whether other eligible professionals...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

by Kate Monica

A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

by Kate Monica

Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed meaningful use payment adjustment on eligible professionals not meeting the yearly requirements set for the EHR Incentive Programs. According CMS, 171,000 EPs are...

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments advocating...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

by Kate Monica

CMS explains how the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Final Rule, which the federal agency estimates will increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent, will...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017

by Sara Heath

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued public comments calling for better alignment of meaningful use measures in the EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation....

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016

by Sara Heath

Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which encompasses...

CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule

by Sara Heath

Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly finalized...

Virginia Overpays $38,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentives

by Sara Heath

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has paid nearly $38,000 in overpayments for the state Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows...

NY Pays $175,000 in Incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment

by Sara Heath

The New York State Department of Health made incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments totaling $175,000, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows that the state agency issued $588,899,058 in Medicaid...

Understanding Meaningful Use to Facilitate Success in MIPS?

by Sara Heath

To ensure consistent clinical quality when transitioning from Stage 2 Meaningful Use to Advancing Care Information under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), policymakers should review the previous transition from Stage 1 to Stage...

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