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CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Changes to Promote Interoperability

April 24, 2018 - As part of an effort to overhaul the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS is renaming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability.” The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance category will also be renamed to the “Promoting Interoperability” performance category. CMS announced the change as part of a proposed rule issued...


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Indiana Moves to Dismiss Lawsuit Tied to Medicaid Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill recently filed a request to dismiss a lawsuit brought against 62 Indiana hospitals for allegedly falsifying records and participating in a kickback scheme involving the release of patient EHRs to meet meaningful...

Allscripts to Acquire Practice Fusion in $100M Cash Deal

by Kate Monica

Allscripts recently announced it will acquire Practice Fusion EHR in a $100 million cash deal in an effort to further expand its reach into ambulatory care settings. Practice Fusion and its EHR technology will complement Allscripts existing ambulatory...

House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

by Kate Monica

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...

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 LaPointe

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,...

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