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ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

February 20, 2018 - The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program. NCQA is the only approved alternative to the government-based electronic quality measure testing procedure. Health IT companies can now use the NCQA...

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ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

by Kate Monica

ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

by Kate Monica

Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

Rural CO Hospital to Use MEDHOST EHR for Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

A critical access hospital (CAH) in Colorado recently met the requirements to successfully attest for Stage 3 meaningful use in 2017 using MEDHOST EHR. Mt. San Rafael Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the country to attest for Stage...

eClinicalWorks Sued for Nearly $1B Due to Faulty Patient EHRs

by Kate Monica

eClinicalWorks has been sued for nearly $1 billion in monetary damages for breach of fiduciary duty and gross negligence following claims an individual died of cancer due to faulty patient EHRs. Kristina Tot filed the class action lawsuit against...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

by Kate Monica

ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency announced...

Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

by Kate Monica

With the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA now in its first year, both healthcare providers and federal agencies such as CMS hope participating hospitals and physician practices are better prepared to meet requirements and avoid payment...

ONC Updated Feedback Form Upholds Health IT Certification Integrity

by Kate Monica

ONC is allowing providers to more easily submit feedback, concerns, and complaints regarding clinical quality measures and health IT products in an effort to uphold the integrity of ONC health IT certification. The newly updated ONC health IT...

ONC Reveals 5 Year Health IT Certification Improvement Plan

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced plans to implement a five-year plan to alter its health IT certification program to include testing tools developed by the healthcare industry instead of relying on tools financed by tax-payer dollars. The federal agency...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

eClinicalWorks Lawsuit Leads to EHR Replacement for Few Users

by Kate Monica

A new KLAS report surveying customer reactions to the eClinicalWorks $155 million settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) found that only 4 percent of customers plan to find a replacement EHR as a result of the settlement. While 66 percent...

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

by Kate Monica

EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn payments...

eClinicalWorks Settlement Likely to Unsettle Provider Partners

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent $155-million settlement between the federal government and eClinicalWorks sent reverberations throughout the healthcare industry and raised concerns about the capabilities of even certified EHR technology. If one of the more popular...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

IHE, PCHAlliance to Launch Joint Interoperability Initiatives

by Kate Monica

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) are set to kick off several joint initiatives this year centered on improving health data exchange between EHR and health IT systems. Specifically,...

Interoperability Implications of 21st Century Cures Bill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After a year and half of political discussion, Congress is preparing to vote on and likely in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with bipartisan support that has serious implications for healthcare interoperability.* *Editor's note: The...

HIMSS, CHIME to Help International Health IT Professionals

by Sara Heath

The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are joining forces to create HIMSS-CHIME International, an organization for health IT professionals to advance...

ONC Health IT Certification Rule to Hold Vendors Accountable

by Sara Heath

The ONC Health IT Certification Rule makes great strides toward continuing to reward quality healthcare technology while holding accountable that which falls short, according to leaders from two prominent industry groups. One was DirectTrust...

AMA Praises Transparency in Certified Health IT Final Rule

by Sara Heath

The American Medical Association has praised the ONC Health IT Certification final rule for its emphasis on technology oversight, testing, and transparency, according to a statement from the group. The final rule, which was released late last...



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