Electronic Health Records

Meaningful Use

Group Seeks Interoperability Changes in Meaningful Use Delay

by Sara Heath

Amidst numerous calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use delay, several health IT industry stakeholders have written to Congressional leaders asking them not to delay Stage 3 unless it makes changes to the interoperability standards in the final...

AAFP Calls for Meaningful Use Overhaul, Other Reforms

by Sara Heath

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has joined the several other healthcare professional organizations to speak out against the finals rules to modify Stage 2 Meaningful Use and set the objectives and measures for Stage 3. In...

Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As many as two years separate eligible providers from Stage 3 Meaningful Use, but several of the requirements for eligible professionals and hospitals in the final stage of the EHR Incentive Programs are already causing concerns. In...

CMS Extends Electronic Clinical Quality Measures Deadline

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its reporting deadline for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), a component of both the agency’s Medicare EHR Incentive Program and the Hospital Inpatient...

Deadline Approaching to Contest Meaningful Use Penalties

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder regarding 2016 payment adjustments for Medicare eligible hospitals (EHs). CMS offers these payment adjustments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

AMA Continues to Urge Congress to Delay Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, the American Medical Association (AMA) and its House of Delegates met to discuss various health industry policies, specifically ones related to health IT and EHR use. The delegates passed association policies about both...

Clinical Quality Measures Must Be Focused for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Clinical quality measures (CQMs) included in meaningful use need to focus more on metrics physicians are able to control and that affect the population as a whole, a recent focus group study published in the American Journal of Managed...

Basic Hospital EHR Adoption Rates Climbs to Nearly 75%

by Sara Heath

A look at basic hospital EHR adoption rates between 2008 and 2014 shows that EHR adoption rates have risen 16 percent in the course of a year, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. The study examines hospital EHR...

AHA Gives Recommendations for ONC Interoperability Advisory

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association is seeking greater insight into the rationale behind many of the choices made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Exchange (ONC) in choosing best available standards as part of...

CMS Seeks Specific Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for a specific kind of feedback during the 60-day comment period that has followed the publishing of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule. The federal agency issued a bulletin...

Texas Medical Association Sounds Off on Stage 3 Final Rule

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Texas Medical Association took not one but two opportunities to appeal to members of Congress on the subject of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. The organization was one of 111 medical societies that cosigned letters as part of a American...

AMA, Medical Societies Ask Congress to Alter Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) is leading a campaign to compel Congress to intervene in the timeline for Stage 3 Meaningful Use. Along with 111 medical societies, AMA has written majority and minority leaders of the Senate and...

Will AHRQ Become a Casualty of Congressional Budgetary Cuts?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Scores of healthcare organizations are opposing two proposed appropriation bills that at best would limit funding to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) or at worst would terminate the division within the Department of...

Impact of ICD-10 on Small Provider EHR Use, Reimbursement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Healthcare providers of all sizes are stuck playing the waiting game following the ICD-10 transition on October 1 relative to reimbursement. As family practitioner Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, tells EHRIntelligence.com, the true indication of...

Industry Experts Provide Meaningful Use Summaries, Analysis

by Sara Heath

In response to the long-anticipated final use for meaningful use modifications and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, industry experts have come forward to provide summaries and feedback of the rule. One such group of experts is health...

CMS Offers Guidance for Revised Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

After releasing both the final rule for Stage 2 Meaningful use modifications and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call reviewing the details of the rules on...

Meaningful Use Rule Not Final, But Attestation System Closed

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has yet to publish the final rule for meaningful use modifications between 2015 and 2017, but the Centers...

UPDATE: Pending Modifications Holding Back EHR Incentive Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The proposed modifications for meaningful use between 2015 and 2017 are having an effect on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive...

Senator Gives 5 Reasons to Delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. Joining the group of critics of Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Senate Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Lamar Alexander...

AMA Urges CMS to Give Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

As the waiting game for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule and Stage 2 meaningful use modification rule continues, the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to start...

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