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CMS Announces Updates to Clinical Quality Measures

April 8, 2016 - 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 to demonstrate meaningful use for EHR Incentive Programs. In this year’s update, there are 29 new quality measures for eligible hospitals and...


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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...

How Changes in Primary Care Delivery Impact EHR Selection

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The EHR selection process is about choosing the right tool for the right purpose. If EHR technology is to support care delivery, then its functionalities must be well suited to the clinical workflows of its end-users. This is hardly a reality...

ONC Posts Health IT Policies for Improved Accountable Care

by Sara Heath

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released a full document containing health IT policy levers on its website, giving various healthcare professionals access to different ways states leverage health IT to increase...

CMS, ONC Expand Explanation of Upcoming Meaningful Use Plans

by Sara Heath

Following up from last week’s EHR meaningful use announcement at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT, have...

Improving Physician EHR Use Key to HL7/ONC C-CDA Challenge

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new challenge co-sponsored by Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) looks to improve physician EHR use and avoid information overload. The C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge...

CMS, ONC to Hold eCQI Resource Center Overview

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will be holding a webinar to review the eCQI Resource Center on January 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar will...

Industry Experts Back EHR Meaningful Use Overhaul

by Sara Heath

Over the course of the past week, several healthcare industry experts have expressed support for ending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, stating that the program may have run its course. For...

Meaningful Use Overhaul Welcomed Change for Hospitals

by Sara Heath

In response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s recent announcement regarding upcoming changes to the EHR meaningful use programs, 31 healthcare organizations signed a letter reminding Department of Health & Human Services’...

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