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EHR Incentive Programs

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

by Kate Monica

CMS explains how the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Final Rule, which the federal agency estimates will increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent,...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017

by Sara Heath

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued public comments calling for better alignment of meaningful use measures in the EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA...

HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified...

OIG Tackled EHR Contingency Plans, Payments in 2016

by Sara Heath

Late last week, the Office of Inspector General issued its Semiannual Report to Congress, touching on findings from its EHR contingency plan and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payment audits from earlier this year. The report, which...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to...

CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule

by Sara Heath

Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly...

Virginia Overpays $38,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentives

by Sara Heath

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has paid nearly $38,000 in overpayments for the state Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report...

NY Pays $175,000 in Incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment

by Sara Heath

The New York State Department of Health made incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments totaling $175,000, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows that the state agency issued $588,899,058...

Understanding Meaningful Use to Facilitate Success in MIPS?

by Sara Heath

To ensure consistent clinical quality when transitioning from Stage 2 Meaningful Use to Advancing Care Information under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), policymakers should review the previous transition from Stage 1 to...

CMS Previews of Upcoming Changes to EHR Incentive Programs

by Sara Heath

For the final day of National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about the EHR Incentive Programs going forward. First, the agency discussed the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care...

California Overpays $23.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The California Department of Health Care Services issued a total of nearly $23.2 million in overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, reports the Office of Inspector General. According to the OIG report, the state agency made...

CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible...

CMS Reviews Exclusions for Meaningful Use Reporting in 2016

by Sara Heath

As a part of its National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information about the 2016 meaningful use reporting period, helping eligible providers determine if they qualify for an exclusion or alternate exclusion. In a public...

Washington Overpaid $9.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The state of Washington made overpayments to 19 hospitals participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Over that time...

Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments Trouble Two More States

by Sara Heath

Two more states have issued overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, according to two separate reports from the Office of Inspector General. OIG found that both Ohio and Oklahoma did not follow federal protocol for calculating...

West Virginia Overpays $296K in EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid nearly $296,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, according to a new Office of the Inspector General report. OIG conducted this audit by identifying five West...

New Jersey Overpays $2.3M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The New Jersey Department of Human Services made overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program of nearly $2.3 million, according to an Office of the Inspector General report. According to OIG, the state made EHR incentive payments...

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and...

Increasing Health IT, EHR Investment Runs Up Practice Costs

by Sara Heath

Health IT and EHR investments are costing physician-owned multispecialty practices thousands of dollars per physician, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). The 2016 MGMA Cost and Revenue Report...

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