Electronic Health Records

EHR Incentive Programs

Public Comment Period for MACRA Rule Closes Tomorrow

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder that the request for comment period for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) closes on November 17. The comment period applies to...

Clinical Quality Measures Must Be Focused for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Clinical quality measures (CQMs) included in meaningful use need to focus more on metrics physicians are able to control and that affect the population as a whole, a recent focus group study published in the American Journal of Managed...

Financial Challenges, MU Complexity Stunting EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Hospitals across the nation continue to make substantial progress in EHR integration and adoption, but challenges remain in a number of areas, particularly for small and rural facilities, according to new analysis of American Hospital...

Basic Hospital EHR Adoption Rates Climbs to Nearly 75%

by Sara Heath

A look at basic hospital EHR adoption rates between 2008 and 2014 shows that EHR adoption rates have risen 16 percent in the course of a year, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. The study examines hospital EHR...

Halamka Sees MACRA as Replacement to Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

EHR users need less bureaucracy and fewer regulations in order to optimize their health IT use, argues John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In a recent blog post, the CIO describes several federal...

Medical Groups Urge Repair of EHR Incentive Programs

by Frank Irving

In letters sent Nov. 2 to the respective leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, more than 100 physician associations called for Congress to “refocus” the federal EHR Incentive Programs “on the goal of achieving a truly...

AMA, Medical Societies Ask Congress to Alter Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) is leading a campaign to compel Congress to intervene in the timeline for Stage 3 Meaningful Use. Along with 111 medical societies, AMA has written majority and minority leaders of the Senate and...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

by Frank Irving

A grassroots advocacy project highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has equipped its members with a way to push for a pause in the EHR Incentive Program’s Stage 3...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Requirements for Public Health

by Sara Heath

After the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) modified the CMS EHR Incentive Programs for 2015-2017, several medical professionals expressed concern about being able to meet some of the revised requirements for the next...

Industry Experts Provide Meaningful Use Summaries, Analysis

by Sara Heath

In response to the long-anticipated final use for meaningful use modifications and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, industry experts have come forward to provide summaries and feedback of the rule. One such group of experts is health...

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...

More Patients Accessing Electronic Medical Records, Says ONC

by Sara Heath

Healthcare consumers are accessing their electronic medical records at a growing rate, furthering the healthcare industry’s goal for increased EHR interoperability and health information exchange. A recent study by the Office of the...

Has the Meaningful Use Final Rule Levelled the Playing Field?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 are now indeed final, eligible providers must still contend with a tight window for pulling together the necessary meaningful use data and completing meaningful...

Details Coming on Electronic Health Records Certification

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which establishes certification requirements for electronic health records technology in conjunction with the federal meaningful use program, has given a glimpse of how it intends...

For Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation, Pick a Larger EHR Vendor

by Sara Heath

Larger EHR vendors tend to make better partners in achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use, according to a recent study by Peer60. The study, which discusses insights and trends in EHR vendors, sought to identify the which vendors play a bigger...

ONC Addresses 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Questions

by Sara Heath

After releasing the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification final rule, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) held a webinar reviewing the finer points of the rule. In addition to hosting the webinar, the ONC released a...

Industry, Congress Respond to Meaningful Use Final Rule

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The long-awaited modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 are now final as are plans to begin Stage 3 Meaningful Use in 2018 for all eligible providers. As expected, the developments come as good news to most...

Meaningful Use Requirements Turn to Delivery System Reform

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revamped meaningful use requirements for eligible hospitals and providers on Oct. 6 by releasing the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency said the new rule eliminates...

CMS Finalizes Rule Modifying Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In what should come as good news for eligible professionals and hospitals alike, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially finalized modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 and...

Meaningful Use Rule Not Final, But Attestation System Closed

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has yet to publish the final rule for meaningful use modifications between 2015 and 2017, but the Centers...

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