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CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

July 6, 2018 - Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial and staff resources, and technology issues can all contribute to the MIPS participation challenges. Physician practices with 15 or fewer providers located...


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VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Go Live at IOC Sites By March 2020

by Kate Monica

Care sites within the VA Cerner EHR implementation initial operating capability (IOC) in the Pacific Northwest should be live and fully-functional by March 2020, according to testimony from VA officials at a recent House Committee on Veterans’...

GAO: VHA Providers Must Improve PDMP Use to Boost Opioid Safety

by Kate Monica

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) providers need to enhance their state-run prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) use, according to a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Investigators assessed VA’s progress in...

Coast Guard May Implement Cerner EHR System Mirroring DoD, VA

by Kate Monica

The Coast Guard should seriously consider implementing a Cerner EHR system to mirror that of the Department of Defense (DoD) and VA, according to testimony from GAO Director of Information Technology Management Issues David Powner at a recent...

VA Spent Over $1.1B on Homegrown EHR Modernization Efforts

by Kate Monica

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed VA spent over $1.1 billion on 138 contracts to modernize its homegrown EHR system from 2011 to 2016. In the report detailing the tumultuous and costly history of VA’s...

Senators Request GAO Assist ONC in Improving Patient Matching

by Kate Monica

Five senators requested the Government Accountability Office (GAO) consider several key issues during an upcoming planned study on patient EHR matching and devise clear recommendations ONC should take to improve patient matching methods. US Senators...

GAO Calls for Improvements to HHS Post-Acute EHR Use Plans

by Kate Monica

Earlier this week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued recommendations for the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to improve EHR use and health data exchange in post-acute care settings. Despite the federal agency’s...

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