Electronic Health Records

EHR Incentive Programs

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...

AMA, HIMSS Submit Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Two more industry groups have commented on Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, but one is in support while the other is in opposition. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Stage 3 needs a major overhaul to help improve...

Hospital Association Urges Revision of EHR Incentive Program

by Frank Irving

The American Hospital Association (AHA) filed its public comments on the EHR Incentive Program on Dec. 11, highlighted by a five-point set of recommendations to rework the platform for establishing meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR...

CPeH Supports Scheduled Roll-out of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

In the wake of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Programs final rule, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth has become one of the very few healthcare industry stakeholders supporting the roll-out schedule for...

CHIME Seeks 5 Changes to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The comment period for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule comes to a close tonight, but the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has already identified five changes to meaningful use requirements in Stage...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 14-20

by Frank Irving

As last week came to a close, the American Medical Association (AMA) went public with a statement denouncing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for posting new data deemed “premature and incomplete” on its...

NIST Releases More Test Modules for ONC 2015 HIT Criteria

by Sara Heath

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released testing modules for the 2015 health IT systems certification. According to a public announcement, these NIST test programs will help providers test their health IT...

Advocates Urge Reform, Not Delay, in MU Requirements

by Frank Irving

Reforms to improve health IT interoperability should be included in any legislative changes to the EHR meaningful use program, according to a Dec. 7 letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The letter, spearheaded by...

AAFP Calls for Meaningful Use Overhaul, Other Reforms

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has joined the several other healthcare professional organizations to speak out against the finals rules to modify Stage 2 Meaningful Use and set the objectives and measures for Stage 3. In...

Health IT Pros See High Salaries Due to Increased HIT Needs

by Sara Heath

The value of health IT professionals may be a leading cause for their high salaries, says a recent study by HealthITJobs.com. In a survey of approximately 700 health IT workers, the job search website determined that the average salary...

CMS Releases Summary Materials for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

As promised following the October announcement of the EHR Incentive Programs final rule for meaningful use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released accompanying documents to assist different practices with Stage...

CMS Extends Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Deadline

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its reporting deadline for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), a component of both the agency’s Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Hospital Inpatient...

The Billion-Dollar EHR Incentive States

by Frank Irving

Government investment in promoting adoption of electronic health records largely follows a trail to the most populous states. Of the more than $31 billion paid to eligible providers and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR...

Republican Doctors Lobby Speaker Ryan for MU Delay

by Frank Irving

The 18 medical providers who comprise the GOP Doctors Caucus wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Nov. 20 urging delay of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements as well as a blanket hardship waiver exception for MU Stage 2. The letter also...

Deadline Approaching to Contest Meaningful Use Penalties

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder regarding 2016 payment adjustments for Medicare eligible hospitals (EHs). CMS offers these payment adjustments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

Health IT Outsourcing on the Rise, Black Book Survey Shows

by Sara Heath

Health IT outsourcing is growing in popularity as EHR Incentive Programs, ICD-10, and other health IT initiatives continue to drive the healthcare industry. Nearly 73 percent of hospitals with over 300 beds are using outsourced IT...

AMA Continues to Urge Congress to Delay Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, the American Medical Association (AMA) and its House of Delegates met to discuss various health industry policies, specifically ones related to health IT and EHR use. The delegates passed association policies about both...

AHA and CHIME Suggest Changes to Data Reporting Requirements

by Frank Irving

Official comments from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) share the thought that data reporting needs to be streamlined for the coming implementation of the...

Professional Groups Comment on CMS Value-Based Pay Models

by Sara Heath

As the deadline for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Programs (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) comment periods drew to a close yesterday, three major healthcare professional...

More FAQs Address Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting

by Sara Heath

To continue to assist healthcare providers with the EHR Meaningful Use final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released two more frequently asked questions pertaining to public health reporting. The first...



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