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HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

January 20, 2017 - 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 discussed during the nearly four-hour hearing were the benefits of EHR adoption and use to the healthcare industry, namely provider productivity....


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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...

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...

New Jersey Overpays $2.3M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

by Sara Heath

The New Jersey Department of Human Services made overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program of nearly $2.3 million, according to an Office of the Inspector General report. According to OIG, the state made EHR incentive payments to 15...

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and burdensome...

Slavitt: CMS Already Mulling Changes to MACRA Start Date

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was asked about the possibility for delaying the start of MACRA implementation and acknowledged that...

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...

How ONC Plans to Assess EHR Interoperability Under MACRA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Back in April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology issued a request for information (RFI) on the subject of assessing EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. And now the federal agency has unveiled...

CMS Proposes 90-Day Reporting Period for 2016 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible providers will only need to attest to meaningful use for a 90-day period in 2016, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This 90-day reporting...

House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most unsurprising) is...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

Has Adoption of Certified EHR Technology Trapped Docs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent editorial published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the journal's editor-in-chief and practicing neurologist Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, has criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its...

Has ONC Assumed Too Much about Interoperability for MACRA?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The closing date for responding to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) request for information on measuring health IT interoperability for MACRA implementation came and went a week ago with several industry...

Will Meaningful Use Undermine EHR Interoperability in MACRA?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A group of 37 medical societies have urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to move away from using meaningful use requirements for data exchange as a means of measuring EHR interoperability as part of...

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