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Meaningful use benefits of EHR patient access for providers

August 7, 2013 - Connecting patients directly to the EHR achieves better demographics capture — a cornerstone of Stage 2 Meaningful Use  — and lays the foundation for engaging patients and families, which is a key objective for all stages of the EHR Incentive Programs. The drive for meaningful use attestation has pushed health systems toward patching together disparate patient-facing applications around...


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CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among 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...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting. First, the...

CMS Reviews 2016 Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements

by Sara Heath

CMS is reminding eligible providers about the 2016 requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, including added flexibilities. In a public statement, the agency reviewed changes for secure electronic messaging reporting requirements. For this...

AHA Urges Congress to Enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law

by Sara Heath

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....

CMS Reviews Exclusions for Meaningful Use Reporting in 2016

by Sara Heath

As a part of its National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information about the 2016 meaningful use reporting period, helping eligible providers determine if they qualify for an exclusion or alternate exclusion. In a public statement, CMS...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

by Sara Heath

The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs....

Senators Seek Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Periods

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Led by Senator John Thune (R-SD), a group of GOP senators — including Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act to reduce reporting periods not only for the EHR Incentive Programs but...

DirectTrust Expresses Support for New Meaningful Use Bill

by Jacqueline Belliveau

According to an official press release, DirectTrust has added its organization to the list of healthcare industry groups supporting a new bill that would give healthcare providers more flexibility with meaningful use reporting.* NB. The recently...

Meaningful Use Reporting Bill Draws Support of Industry

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two industry groups have come out in support of a new bill proposing a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for eligible providers in 2016.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for physicians...

Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Varies by State

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One prong of the Triple Aim targets improving the health of populations, part of the impetus behind public health reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. However, meaningful use hospital data compiled and published by the Office...

Group Seeks 90-day Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2016

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of healthcare industry groups which includes the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to change meaningful use requirements to shorten the...

CMS Issues 3 FAQs on Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has answered three new frequently asked questions regarding public health reporting for the EHR Incentive Programs. The meaningful use attestation deadline for the 2015 EHR reporting period...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Attestation for Medicaid EPs

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a meaningful use alternate attestation method available for certain Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. In a recent CMS email, the...

CMS Releases Batch Options for Meaningful Use Reporting

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its meaningful use batch upload page for the 2015 program year, according to a public announcement. In 2014, CMS began its batch uploading policy, which states that groups may...

Breaking Down Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the new year quickly approaches, so does the start of meaningful use attestation under the new final Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule. With that final rule comes many changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use that providers will need...

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 Clarifies Meaningful Use Requirements for Public Health

by Sara Heath

After the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) modified the CMS EHR Incentive Programs for 2015-2017, several medical professionals expressed concern about being able to meet some of the revised requirements for the next reporting...

Recapping Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule

by Sara Heath

After announcing that they have finalized the modifications rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the rule to the Federal Register. This document contains the entire final modifications...

Meaningful Use FAQ Updates Clarify Reporting Period Rules

by Sara Heath

As meaningful use standards continue to evolve, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued updates to their frequently asked questions list. Updating three questions for clarification, CMS addresses issues regarding numerator...

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