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House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

September 14, 2017 - The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday approved legislation to remove a requirement from the HITECH Act that increases the stringency of meaningful use standards for EHR use overtime. The bill is designed specifically “to reduce the volume of future electronic health record-related significant hardship requests.” The American Hospital Association (AHA) and...


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AMA Calls for Stability, Simplicity in Future MIPS Scoring

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Atop its voluminous list of recommendations for the Quality Payment Program, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advised CMS to simplify the scoring of physician performance in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In a letter to...

HITECH Directly Responsible for Hospital EHR Adoption Spike

by Kate Monica

A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein and Ashish K. Jha found HITECH to be primarily responsible for significant increases in hospital EHR adoption rates, suggesting the law should serve as a model for ways to influence technology adoption in...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

by Kate Monica

Applications for Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exceptions are now open for eligible clinicians participating in the 2017 transition year, CMS announced. The federal agency issued the announcement in a recent listserv email. Clinicians...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

CMS Outlines 2015 PQRS Reporting Challenges, Trends

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a report outlining the reporting experience for providers under the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) in 2015. The report also includes notable trends in provider experience from previous years of the PQRS program...

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 Department...

POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally...

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 Addressing 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...

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