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EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

June 15, 2018 - 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 — received ONC 2015 edition certification for its ambulatory EHR solution. ChartLogic earned this certification after 100 percent of its users participating in the...


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Quality Payment Program Year 1 Participation Exceeds 90%

by Kate Monica

Over 90 percent of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent announcement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. CMS set...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

by Kate Monica

In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a new approach...

CMS Updates 2018 MIPS Participation Status Lookup Tool

by Kate Monica

Clinicians can now look up their Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation status through a simplified online lookup tool, CMS officials announced today during a webinar on participation criteria for the second year of the Quality...

Physicians Seek MIPS Changes, Reduced Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

Forty-four medical associations, groups, and societies recently issued a letter to CMS urging the federal agency to reduce the 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting period from a calendar year to a minimum of 90 days...

NQF Advises CMS Align Quality Measures, Cut Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recently provided recommendations to CMS on ways to align clinical quality measures and reduce administrative burden associated with federal reporting for...

MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program

by Kate Monica

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value program...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development

by Kate Monica

CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the project,...

ONC Approves NCQA Testing Lab for Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) eMeasure testing lab has been approved by ONC as an Authorized Testing Lab (ONC-ATL). As an ONC-ATL, NCQA is now approved to test health IT products for the ONC Health IT Certification Program....

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...

OIG Recommends Quality Payment Program Management Changes

by Kate Monica

A follow-up investigation of Quality Payment Program (QPP) management by CMS conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) yielded two recommendations to improve program implementation and integrity. OIG first conducted a review of CMS’s...

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...

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...

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...

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