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House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

September 14, 2017 - The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday approved legislation to remove a requirement from the HITECH Act that increases the stringency of meaningful use standards for EHR use overtime. The bill is designed specifically “to reduce the volume of future electronic health record-related significant hardship requests.” The American Hospital Association (AHA) and...


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EHR Use Nearly Universal in Hospital Outpatient Practices

by Kate Monica

EHR adoption is nearly universal in hospital-owned outpatient practices as of 2017, according to the latest research from HIMSS Analytics. The 9th Annual Outpatient PM and EHR Study pulled data from myriad sources, including a web-based survey...

OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

by Kate Monica

CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published Monday,...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the...

CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

CMS recently developed a centralized repository of public health agencies and clinical data registry reporting to provide a one-stop source of information for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in several...

CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation...

CMS Announces Updates to Clinical Quality Measures

by Jacqueline Belliveau

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 eCQMs...

What Changes will MIPS, MACRA Bring for Clinical Quality Reporting?

by Sara Heath

New healthcare payment models are upon us as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) changes the way in which Medicare providers earn incentive payments. Set as a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), MIPS...

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 directors,...

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 error. The...

CMS Streamlines Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Guidelines

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with several industry stakeholders and provider groups, have developed a set of streamlined and simplified clinical quality measures reporting requirements. According to a...

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) that is...

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 until...

ONC Beacon Program Highlights EHR Adoption, Use Challenges

by Sara Heath

A research program out of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) offers insights into how communities use health IT and EHR adoption to achieve the triple aim of better care, better costs, and overall better patient health....

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 for...

Are Industry Rankings Really Indicative of EHR Usability?

by Sara Heath

A high ranking for an EHR might not be indicative of its actual usability. This becomes clear when one compares recent industry rankings with polls and testimony coming straight from users. Just last week, KLAS released its Best in KLAS rankings,...

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 Services’...

Physician EHR Use Increases, Health Data Exchange Still Lags

by Sara Heath

Office-based physician EHR use jumped from 67.5 percent in 2013 to 74.1 percent in 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. This jump could be credited to the meaningful use programs, which provide incentives for effective...

Will Senate Bill Help to End the EHR Incentive Programs?

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health Committee’s recent draft legislation may contribute to the end of the EHR Incentive Programs, says John D. Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the midst of industry confusion surrounding the fate...

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