Electronic Health Records

EHR Incentive Programs

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...

Advanced EHR Use Shows Potential to Lower Patient Costs

by Sara Heath

Advanced EHR use may lead to significant per patient savings, showing promise for an eventual return on investment, shows a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care. The study included a retrospective analysis of the...

Reviewing the State of EHR Adoption Under Meaningful Use, MACRA

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry began to focus on value-based care models, EHR adoption flourished. Under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ EHR Incentive Programs, or meaningful use, individual providers and hospitals...

House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most...

3 Things to Know about MACRA Implementation, MIPS

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In remarks given during the American Medical Association (AMA) annual meeting (birthplace of "digital snake oil"), the acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made clear the three-pronged aims of MACRA...

More Industry Groups Voice Opinions on Proposed MACRA Rules

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation that would end meaningful use, realign clinical quality reporting, and transform how Medicare physicians are...

MIPS Requirements for Physicians Under Proposed MACRA Rule

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The proposed rule for MACRA implementation brings with a whole new methodology for promoting appropriate health IT use and quality reporting as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In yesterday's announcement of...

Proposed MACRA Rule to End Meaningful Use for Physicians

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has signaled the end of meaningful use for Medicare physicians. The program is still under review for...

DirectTrust Expresses Support for New Meaningful Use Bill

by Jacqueline LaPointe

According to an official press release, DirectTrust has added its organization to the list of healthcare industry groups supporting a new bill that would give healthcare providers more flexibility with meaningful use reporting.* NB. The...

Meaningful Use Reporting Bill Draws Support of Industry

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two industry groups have come out in support of a new bill proposing a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for eligible providers in 2016.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for...

CMS, ONC Fall Short of Addressing Fraudulent EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have fallen shorting in implementing safeguards for preventing fraud related to EHR use. In its...

Interoperability Under MACRA Must Provide Standard HIE Tools

by Sara Heath

National interoperability frameworks are necessary before providers can fully improve electronic health information exchange (HIE) in support of federal regulations, including the upcoming Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act...

CMS Seeks Comments on Reporting Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS is calling for public comment on its draft 2017 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting (HQR), according to a recent statement. The draft 2017 implementation guide is designed...

How the Timeline for MACRA Impacts EHR Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An aggressive timeline for advancing value-based care under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) could have negative consequences for advancing EHR interoperability. Late last week, the Office of the National...

CMS Announces Updates to Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline LaPointe

CMS has recently updated the 2016 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals for the 2017 reporting period. Many of the eligible hospitals and professionals will be able to use the new...

ONC Seeks Input on Measuring Interoperability under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a request for information to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information is taking the first steps toward defining EHR interoperability under the Medicare Access and CHIP...

Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Varies by State

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One prong of the Triple Aim targets improving the health of populations, part of the impetus behind public health reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. However, meaningful use hospital data compiled and published by the...

AHA Calls for 70% Threshold for Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants meaningful use to be a more flexible program, allowing hospitals and providers who have met 70 percent of requirements to be categorized as meaningful users. In a letter addressed to...

S4S Pilot to Enable Patient Access to Health Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and National Institutes for Health (NIH) are moving forward with a joint pilot program to enable patient access to health information through the use of...

Group Seeks 90-day Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2016

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of healthcare industry groups which includes the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to change meaningful use requirements to shorten...



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