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Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

February 22, 2018 - The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These recommendations came in response to the Senate Committee on Finance’s request for feedback on policy recommendations to improve access and quality...


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AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

Specialty Practices Anxious Over 2018 Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory burden was one of the primary aims of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, but current requirements still negatively impact patient care and clinical workflows. Despite administrative burden associated with Quality...

MGMA Urges CMS Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Information

by Kate Monica

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS release 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information. The association also urged CMS to immediately...

Allscripts Expands Real-Time Messaging in Ambulatory EHR Systems

by Kate Monica

Allscripts will now integrate real-time messaging for financial, clinical, and prescription data into its ambulatory EHR systems including its ePrescribe, Professional EHR, and TouchWorks EHR solutions. The health IT vendor will expand its real-time...

CMS Launches New Quality Payment Program Data Submission System

by Kate Monica

Eligible clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can now use a new system to submit 2017 performance data, CMS announced midweek The data submission system is available on the CMS QPP website. The new system eliminates the...

What Eligible Clinicians Should Expect from MIPS in 2018

by Kate Monica

After several discussions between policymakers, stakeholders, and clinicians throughout 2017, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The final...

3 Upcoming MIPS Deadlines Clinicians Need to Know in 2018

by Kate Monica

With the start of the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rapidly approaching, eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) need to keep an eye on several deadlines. The second year of QPP...

AHA Simplifies MACRA Reporting Requirements for PAC Providers

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released a suite of resources geared toward helping post-acute care (PAC) providers fulfill MACRA reporting requirements under the value-based care system. “MACRA represents a major shift...

CMS Approves ASCP for Qualified Clinical Data Registry Status

by Kate Monica

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently announced its National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is now a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status for 2018. Achieving QCDR status means NPQR now offers a...

CMS Issues List of 32 Clinical Quality Measures for Consideration

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a list of 32 clinical quality measures under consideration (MUC) as part of its Meaningful Measures initiative, which is designed to whittle down the number of quality measures to those most critical. “CMS is committed...

AHA Opposes Major Potential Changes to MIPS Policy, Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) suggested the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) refrain from pushing for major changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to avoid further confusing providers still adjusting...

GE Healthcare EHR Earns 2015 Edition ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

GE Healthcare’s EHR and practice management solutions recently received 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help eligible professionals (EPs) and clinicians successfully meet federal reporting requirements. GE Healthcare’s...

EHRA Recommends CMMI Align Regulations, CEHRT Requirements

by Kate Monica

The EHR Association (EHRA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting the federal agency align technology requirements of new payment models with requirements related to certified EHR technology (CEHRT). The CEHRT requirements need to be better...

AHA Suggests CMMI Promote Health Data Exchange, Regulatory Relief

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently responded to a CMS request for information (RFI) to set a new direction for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) and stressed the need for improved health data exchange...

Few Providers Satisfied with EHR System Success in QPP

by Kate Monica

On average, only 38 percent of providers are satisfied with their EHR systems’ ability to meet the requirements of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to the State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report. Conducted by Porter Research...

How Meaningful Use Requirements Hurt the Small Specialty Practice

by Kate Monica

Federal reporting requirements such as meaningful use have notoriously put a strain on healthcare organizations since the implementation of the HITECH Act of 2009, clouding the potential benefits of EHR technology with burdensome regulations...

Stakeholders Voice Support for 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders including the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently released comments on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) 2018 final rule that include suggestions to change the new low-volume threshold. On November 2, CMS released...

MIPS Changes in the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

by Kate Monica

The recently released CMS 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule includes policies to reduce administrative burden for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Specifically, the final rule includes...

CMS Issues Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS today issued the final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes policies to reduce administrative burden on providers and better support clinicians in small and rural practices in meeting program requirements....

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