Electronic Health Records

EHR Incentive Programs

One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

States Cash Out in Meaningful Use Fund Matching Program

by Sara Heath

More states will be eligible for federal cost matching for connecting meaningful use providers to other providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced earlier this week. In a letter addressed to all state Medicaid...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access...

CMS Issues 3 FAQs on Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has answered three new frequently asked questions regarding public health reporting for the EHR Incentive Programs. The meaningful use attestation deadline for the 2015 EHR reporting...

CMS Answers FAQ on EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exceptions

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released another frequently asked question regarding hardship exception submittal in the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency explains that providers may submit a hardship exception...

Summarizing New Streamlined Clinical Quality Measures at CMS

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, along with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and key industry stakeholders, it has streamlined clinical quality measures (CQM) reporting...

CMS Meaningful Use Attestation System Down Feb. 21 for Repairs

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be shutting down its online EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System on Sunday, February 21 from 6:00 AM to 10 AM Eastern time in order to correct a system...

CMS Posts Meaningful Use FAQs for Eligible Hospitals

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published two frequently asked questions regarding the EHR Incentive Programs. First, CMS explained the conditions under which a meaningful use eligible professional (EP)...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

by Frank Irving

Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS...

Recapping EHR Meaningful Use Program Modifications Since 2014

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, the source of frustration for many healthcare providers, has undergone several modifications since it began in 2011. From its flexibility modifications...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline to March 11

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its meaningful use attestation deadline for the EHR meaningful use programs. Originally slated for the end of February, the meaningful use deadline has now been extended...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Broadband Hardship Exceptions

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released clarifying information regarding hardship exceptions for meaningful use participants with limited broadband in their regions. In October 2015, CMS released a rule stating...

Sources of Strength in Meeting Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Data current as of Jan. 19, 2016 show 78 percent of primary care providers having demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health records technology. Further analysis shows solid meaningful use performance by nurse...

AHA Seeks Changes to EHR Certification, Quality Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The future of EHR certification and electronic clinical quality measures have much to gain the experiences of hospitals with EHR use and quality reporting over the past several years. That is the message from the American Hospital...

80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination...

AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

by Sara Heath

Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Provider Burnout Increasing Due to Meaningful Use Burdens

by Sara Heath

An overwhelming majority of physicians have experienced some sort of provider burnout, in large part due to increasing provider burdens such as meaningful use.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end...

CMS Adds to Guidance on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to a frequently asked question aims to help eligible providers apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. In late December,...

CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and...

Has CMS Failed to Demonstrate Value of Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For all the complaints about the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements, one raised at a recent town hall meeting on the subject of meaningful use is especially important to determining the future of the program —...

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