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AHA Urges Congress to Enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

November 16, 2016 - The American Hospital Association is throwing its weight behind the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act, which would reduce reporting requirements and allow greater flexibility for eligible clinicians and hospitals in meaningful use. In a letter addressed to the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and Commerce Committees, AHA’s Executive Vice President Thomas...


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One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says

by Sara Heath

The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals....

CMS Answers FAQ on EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exceptions

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released another frequently asked question regarding hardship exception submittal in the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency explains that providers may submit a hardship exception and...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Broadband Hardship Exceptions

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released clarifying information regarding hardship exceptions for meaningful use participants with limited broadband in their regions. In October 2015, CMS released a rule stating that...

CMS Adds to Guidance on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to a frequently asked question aims to help eligible providers apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. In late December, President...

Clarifying New Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance for eligible providers seeking a meaningful use hardship exception following the enactment of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA) last month. The...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. S. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain rehabilitation technologies,...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Bill Advances in Congress

by Sara Heath

Congress has passed a bill that may make the EHR Incentive Programs attestation a little easier this year. On Friday, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed S.2425, which would amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security...

Legislation Calls for New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Relief could be coming to eligible providers in Stage 2 Meaningful Use by way of a piece of legislation introduced last week in the House of Representatives. Last Thursday, Representative Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Meaningful Use Hardship...

CMS Answers Meaningful Use EHR Hardship Exception FAQs

by Sara Heath

As the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs amp up their requirements, many healthcare organizations are considering EHR replacement. However, switching EHR vendors may hamper some organizations’ ability to participate in meaningful...

Meaningful Use Audits Cause ‘Undue Hardships’ for Physicians

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have conducted meaningful use audits among healthcare participants in the EHR Incentive Programs. However, physicians in primary care and family medicine have found the audit difficult and...

April 1: Deadline for Hardship Exception Application

by Vera Gruessner

In order to avoid the payment adjustments starting on October 1, 2015 for eligible hospitals that didn’t meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements, these facilities should consider applying for a 2016 hardship exception by April 1. The Centers...

Where Did This Latest Meaningful Use Extension Come From?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The process of meeting meaningful use requirements for reporting year 2014 has undergone numerous changes over the past several months, with eligible providers now having more time and options to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs. The...

Reaction to Reopened Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have responded to the announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals...

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions to Providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In what should come as good news for eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reopening the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exemptions Requests Approach 44,000

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

More than half a year has passed since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hinted at the introduction of a new meaningful use hardship exemption to assist eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) struggling to implement...

Will CMS exempt pathologists from meaningful use penalties?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Pathologists may be used to seeking out irregularities under the microscope, but with the support of Congress, they might also be staring at a relief from the financial penalties incurred by non-participation in the EHR Incentive Programs. ...

AMA, MGMA eye extension of meaningful use hardship exception

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) have asked for an extension of the deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to submit a hardship exception for meaningful use in 2014. In a letter to the...

CMS reminds eligible providers of July 1 hardship exemption

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS reminds providers who were unable to attest to meaningful use in 2013 due to factors beyond their control that the agency is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting...

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