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EHR Incentive Programs

UPDATE: Pending Modifications Holding Back EHR Incentive Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The proposed modifications for meaningful use between 2015 and 2017 are having an effect on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive...

CMS Gives No Indication of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. Despite repeated calls for a Stage 3 Meaningful Use delay, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to address the likelihood that the...

AMA Urges CMS to Give Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

As the waiting game for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule and Stage 2 meaningful use modification rule continues, the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to start...

Meaningful Use FAQ Updates Clarify Reporting Period Rules

by Sara Heath

As meaningful use standards continue to evolve, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates to their frequently asked questions list. Updating three questions for clarification, CMS addresses issues regarding...

Congress Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule to Be Paused

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. More than a hundred members of Congress have subscribed their signatures to a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of...

CMS Answers Meaningful Use EHR Hardship Exception FAQs

by Sara Heath

As the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs amp up their requirements, many healthcare organizations are considering EHR replacement. However, switching EHR vendors may hamper some organizations’ ability to participate in...

ONC Grants $1M for Community Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

EHR adoption is an important step for a healthcare facility to make in increasing health information exchange (HIE) and quality of care. Storing data in an EHR allows for better data sharing, and in turn, better care coordination. A...

AMA, Medical Societies Urge Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The American Medical Association (AMA) and 41 other medical societies have called on the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Office of...

Certified EHR Technology Use Reaches 74% of Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New data published by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology shows high levels of office-based physician EHR use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and even greater EHR adoption numbers in 2014. The most...

AMA, CHIME Support Call for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The most recent Congressional call to delay the start of Stage 3 Meaningful Use has the support of both the American Medical Association (AMA) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME). During yesterday's...

Meaningful Use Requirements Won’t Ensure Interoperability

by Frank Irving

It will take more than adherence to EHR meaningful use requirements to achieve widespread interoperability in the U.S. healthcare system over the next several years, according to testimony presented at a Senate committee hearing on Sept....

HELP Committee Again Seeks Delay of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions is back investigating obstacles in the way of realizing the potential of health information technology to improve the quality and cost of care and so too is the HELP...

CMS to Host Call on 2017 Medicare Payment Adjustments

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing to update eligible professionals and group practices on its plans for 2017 Medicare payment adjustments in an upcoming Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Provider Call on September...

ONC Launches Health IT Complaint Tool for EHR Users

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has launched a new tool for reporting complaints about certified EHR technology (CEHRT) and health IT. Acting Deputy National Coordinator Jon White, MD,...

Meaningful Use Flexibility Drove EHR Replacement Increase

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The inability to obtain a 2014 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to satisfy meaningful use requirements for the most recent program year led to an increase in the number of eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) opting for...

Most Vendors Bridged EHR Integration for 2014 Attestations

by Frank Irving

New numbers from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) show that for the 2014 program year of meaningful use, most eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible professionals (EPs) achieved sufficient EHR integration required for...

ONC Terminates EHR Certifications for Two EHR Products

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One EHR vendor has had the certifications for two versions of its EHR technology revoked, the Office of the National Coordinator announced Wednesday. Platinum Health Information Systems no longer has EHR certifications for a couple...

MGMA Calls for CMS to Extend Meaningful Use Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

As healthcare groups continue to wait for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to issue a final rule on modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is concerned that medical groups...

Allscripts Ties Precision Medicine to Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The pushback against Stage 3 Meaningful Use over the past few weeks has raised doubts about when the last phase of the EHR Incentive Programs. Delaying its implementation, however, could be detrimental to the future of precision medicine...

Congress Considering Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A bill to relax meaningful use requirements for ambulatory surgery centers has passed the Senate and now awaits a vote by the House of Representatives. The Electronic Health Fairness Act of 2015 (S 1347) is sponsored by Senator Johnny...

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