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EHR Clinical Decision Support Alerts Increase HPV Vaccination

November 21, 2017 - Physicians using EHR systems with clinical decision support are more likely to lead to the ordering human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines when alerts are included, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Bae et al. assessed the association between using an EHR system’s clinical reminder functionality with increased HPV vaccine administration among office-based...


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Meaningful Measures Initiative to Focus on Care Quality Measures

by Kate Monica

CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced a new approach to care quality metrics that will only involve evaluating core issues most vital to high-quality care delivery and improved patient outcomes called Meaningful Measures. Verma announced the...

Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

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...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

eClinicalWorks to Pay $155M for EHR Certification Allegations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

eClinicalWorks has agreed to pay $155 million to resolve allegations that the EHR company misled consumers about the certification of its EHR technology and paid some customers kickbacks in return for positive promotion of its product, the Department...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

AMA Leads Call for Addressing EHR Quality Reporting Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

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...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among the matters...

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kate Monica

In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments advocating...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

by Kate Monica

CMS explains how the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Final Rule, which the federal agency estimates will increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent, will...

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...

HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified Stage...

CMS Finalizes Changes to Hospital Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

CMS has finalized the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule and with it meaningful use requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the coming years, the federal agency announced. The final rule makes changes...

E-Prescribing, EHR Use May Decrease Medication Non-Adherence

by Sara Heath

E-prescribing and physician EHR use may be the key to reducing medication non-adherence, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. The study, led by researcher Adewole S. Adamson, MD, investigated the frequency of medication non-adherence...

CMS Details Public Health Reporting Requirements for 2016

by Sara Heath

In its fourth installment for National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about public health reporting meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting year. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...

CMS Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week

by Sara Heath

As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active participants...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

CMS has begun the 2016 Change Review Process (CRP) to evaluate electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) under meaningful use, according to a public statement. The CRP will take place on the JIRA CQM Project. Using that platform, eCQM implementers...

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