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EHR Incentive Programs

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...

Groups Call for Final Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of eight hospital associations have joined voices to ask the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to move forward with finalizing proposed changes to meaningful use...

CHIME Urges CMS to Issue Final Rule on EHR Incentive Program

by Sara Heath

In a joint letter signed by several health IT industry stakeholders, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) implored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release their final rule on the...

CHIME, AMA Support Bill to Revise EHR Incentive Programs

by Sara Heath

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and American Medical Association (AMA) recently expressed their support for the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex-IT 2...

Senate to Recommend Pausing “Dreaded” Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stage 3 Meaningful Use may be put on hold if recommendations from a hearing today on interoperability and information blocking are brought to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions...

Senate Committee Tackles EHR Interoperability, Data Blocking

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions continues probing into the obstacles in the way of achieving the promise of health IT with a focus on EHR interoperability and information sharing during hearing Thursday. In...

Frustration with Stage 3 Meaningful Use Continues to Build

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The long wait for the publication of the final rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use is allowing for frustration to build before these meaningful use requirements are ultimately enacted. According to Brookings Institution Fellow Niam Yaraghi,...

Where Have the EHR Incentive Programs Missed Their Mark?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Five years have passed since the EHR Incentive Programs came into existence with the aim of improving care quality, improving populating health, and reducing cost, yet meaningful use requirements continue to draw the ire of the healthcare...

Rule Aims at Health Information Exchange in Long-Term Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) proposed rule to reform requirements for long-term care facilities in Medicare and Medicaid includes a provision to support increased health IT adoption, particularly in the use of health...

CMS Releases Guide for Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have recently released the 2016 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide. This particular guide was developed for eligible hospitals, eligible providers,...

Certified EHR Technology, the Cloud Boost Care Coordination

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009, eligible healthcare providers and hospitals have been adopting certified EHR technology as well as electronic prescribing systems and attesting to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare...

ONC Embraces Industry-led Testing of Health IT Tools

by Vera Gruessner

The testing and certification of health IT tools is an important part of the adoption of EHR technology across the healthcare industry. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has held the chief responsibility for the...

Improving Payer Engagement in Health Information Exchange

by Vera Gruessner

The healthcare industry is poised to revolutionize the quality of patient care, population health outcomes, and skyrocketing medical costs – known as the Triple Aim of Healthcare. In order to better address care coordination,...

EHR Replacement Market May See 7% Annual Growth Rate

by Vera Gruessner

As computer systems continue to evolve and stronger certified EHR technology is developed, the EHR replacement market will see significant growth over the coming years. Once more healthcare providers begin to implement strategies for Stage...

OIG Found Inaccurate EHR Incentive Payments in Arkansas

by Vera Gruessner

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established to improve the quality of care, boost population health management initiatives, and reduce overall healthcare costs, which is known as the Triple Aim of Healthcare. With...

PA’s Health Information Exchange Awards $674K to Hospitals

by Vera Gruessner

The institution of a health information exchange (HIE) is imperative for the healthcare industry, as it allows for effective data sharing among multiple medical facilities located on opposite sides of the country and coordinates care...

How Health IT Adoption, Data Sharing Affect Clinic Workflow

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT adoption has spread throughout the medical industry ever since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009 and meaningful use requirements were established under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Whether in the hospital,...

Do Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements Need More Flexibility?

by Vera Gruessner

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to tweak the EHR Incentive Programs and its subsequent meaningful use requirements, a variety of healthcare organizations and associations have sent forward their comments...

Lack of Certified EHR Technology in ASCs Fixed by Congress

by Vera Gruessner

Previously, meaningful use requirements made it difficult for healthcare providers to receive financial incentives from the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs if they send their patients to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs)....

Do Meaningful Use Requirements Need the 5% Objective Back?

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements were announced, a wide variety of opinions and objections surfaced throughout the healthcare industry. For instance, patient engagement advocates are calling for...



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