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CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

August 10, 2018 - A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible clinicians participating in accountable care organizations (ACOs) use ONC certified EHR technology (CEHRT.) According to CMS, accountable care...


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ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

by Kate Monica

ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

by Kate Monica

In an 86 to 9 vote on Monday night, the Senate confirmed former Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary Robert Wilkie as the new VA secretary, according to CNN. “I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as...

EHNAC TEFCA Accreditation Program to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) recently collaborated with WEDI, eHI, eP3 Foundation, and several other healthcare organizations to establish a Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program (TEAP) to promote...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes...

Genevieve Morris Heads VA EHR Modernization Oversight Panel

by Kate Monica

Principal Deputy National Coordinator Genevieve Morris has been selected to spearhead the new Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization (OEHRM) — an oversight panel responsible for ensuring the Cerner VA EHR modernization...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

by Kate Monica

A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry...

ONC Data Challenge Asks Developers to Use Certified Health IT List

by Kate Monica

Health IT developers will be tasked with creating solutions that utilize the ONC certified health IT product list (CHPL) for $40,000 in prizes as part of a new ONC data challenge. CHPL is a comprehensive listing of health IT products that...

HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

by Kate Monica

ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

by Elizabeth Snell

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

Forthcoming ONC Health IT Certification Rule Will Support TEFCA

by Kate Monica

ONC recently announced the development of a new proposed rule that would update the Health IT Certification Program to support voluntary attestation to the adoption of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) to promote...

North Dakota Statewide EMS Initiative Promotes EHR Use

by Kate Monica

The North Dakota Department of Health’s (NDHS) Division of Emergency Medical Systems is launching an initiative to allow emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to engage in EHR use during fast-paced patient transport. The state...

Full ONC SAFER Guide Implementation Low, EHR Safety Can Improve

by Elizabeth Snell

Healthcare organizations looking to improve EHR safety and usability can look toward ONC SAFER Guides that were updated in 2017. However, a recent study found that adherence to recommended EHR safety practices is low, even with...

ONC Working with Health IT Innovators to Improve Interoperability

by Kate Monica

ONC is currently working with health IT innovators to spur the development of application programming interfaces (APIS) that improve interoperability and patient health data access, according to a recent Health IT Buzz blog post by...

NC Hospital to Swap Cerner System for Epic EHR Replacement

by Kate Monica

Cape Fear Valley Health in North Carolina recently announced a decision to launch an Epic EHR replacement project to swap out its Cerner EHR system. The new Epic system will provide a single, unified EHR platform for all hospitals and...

HITAC Approves 9 Healthcare Interoperability Recommendations

by Elizabeth Snell

Nine recommendations from the US Core Data for Interoperability Task Force (TF) were approved by the Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) earlier this week, updating healthcare interoperability elements that vendors...

Surescripts Network Expands EHR Interoperability at Point of Care

by Elizabeth Snell

Improving EHR interoperability by allowing providers to more easily access and exchange patient records remains a top priority at the health information network. Surescripts enabled four million clinical records exchanges over the last...

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