Electronic Health Records

EHR Incentive Programs

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Attestation for Medicaid EPs

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a meaningful use alternate attestation method available for certain Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. In a recent CMS email,...

Will Senate Bill Help to End the EHR Incentive Programs?

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health Committee’s recent draft legislation may contribute to the end of the EHR Incentive Programs, says John D. Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the midst of industry confusion surrounding...

Ambulatory EHR Products to Focus on User-Centered Solutions

by Sara Heath

The ambulatory EHR market is expect to grow by 30 percent throughout the next five years, with innovative and provider-oriented systems leading the charge. According to Frost & Sullivan’s US Ambulatory Electronic Health Record...

Clarifying New Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance for eligible providers seeking a meaningful use hardship exception following the enactment of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA) last...

CMS, ONC Expand Explanation of Upcoming Meaningful Use Plans

by Sara Heath

Following up from last week’s EHR meaningful use announcement at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT,...

Industry Experts Back EHR Meaningful Use Overhaul

by Sara Heath

Over the course of the past week, several healthcare industry experts have expressed support for ending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, stating that the program may have run its...

Meaningful Use Overhaul Welcomed Change for Hospitals

by Sara Heath

In response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s recent announcement regarding upcoming changes to the EHR meaningful use programs, 31 healthcare organizations signed a letter reminding Department of Health & Human...

Top Performing EHR Vendors in Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Since April 2011 and November, eligible professionals and hospitals have completed 722,675 meaningful use attestations using a variety of certified EHR technology across two stages of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. (As a comparison,...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Steps Down as President and CEO

by Sara Heath

Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, has announced that he will be stepping down after his four years as president and CEO of the organization, according to a WEDI public...

CHIME Supports for Potential EHR Meaningful Use Changes

by Sara Heath

As discussions of significant changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use program begin to build momentum, the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) has released a statement...

CMS Wants Meaningful Use to Put Providers Back in Charge

by Sara Heath

Meaningful use will cease to exist as it used be, according to the acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful...

EHR Vendors Find Their Place Among Office-Based MU Providers

by Frank Irving

Last month, HealthITInteroperability examined the market share and rank of leading vendors’ electronic health records systems among hospital meaningful users across the U.S. This month, we again tap the Office of the National...

Have the EHR Incentive Programs Reached a Stagnation Point?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Nearly two months have passed since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided the Health IT Policy Committee with an update on the EHR Incentive Programs and plenty has changed in the interim. The next meeting of the...

CMS Requests Comments on EHR, Health IT Certification Rule

by Sara Heath

As one of their final acts of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a request for information regarding the certification of EHRs and health IT...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. S. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception for 2015 Signed into Law

by Frank Irving

Legislation signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 28 offers a hardship exception from meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period. As a result, eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) officially have a...

State Strongholds for EHR Vendors Among MU Hospitals

by Frank Irving

Ever wonder how a particular electronic health records system stacks up in terms of market share and rank among meaningful users in a certain state? The Health IT Dashboard, made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for...

CMS Releases Batch Options for Meaningful Use Reporting

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its meaningful use batch upload page for the 2015 program year, according to a public announcement. In 2014, CMS began its batch uploading policy, which states that groups...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 21-Dec.27

by Frank Irving

Year-end documentation highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability, after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beat a statutory deadline with the Dec. 18 publication of its draft Quality Measure Development Plan...

CMS Unveils Draft Plan for Quality Measurement under MACRA

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 18 published its Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP), which sets forth a framework for clinician quality measure development to support the value-based payment pathways of the...

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