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98% of Hospitals Avoid Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

September 6, 2016 - Ninety-eight percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals will not be subjected to payment adjustments in 2017 due to their successful stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use attestation, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In a fact sheet, the federal agency describes the impending payment adjustments as a part of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System...


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Pediatric Standards May Advance Meaningful Use Requirements

by Vera Gruessner

Since the passage of the HITECH Act in 2009 and the establishment of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the majority of healthcare providers began adopting certified EHR technology and attesting to meaningful use...

Meaningful Use Requirements Impact Adoption of EHR Functions

by Vera Gruessner

As healthcare providers continue to upgrade EHR systems and achieve meaningful use requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs, federal agencies put forward additional mandates like the Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed rule to advance...

Researchers Call for Improving EHR Interoperability Policy

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT including EHR systems play a major role in lowering costs and increasing access to healthcare information necessary for advancing patient safety and care. Meaningful use requirements have brought forth many benefits for...

Physician EHR Use Vital in Healthcare Quality Improvement

by Vera Gruessner

When considering EHR integration, the way physicians use certain EHR features should be addressed, as there may be key differences among a group of doctors. Physician EHR use could correlate with the costs and quality of care at medical...

April 1: Deadline for Hardship Exception Application

by Vera Gruessner

In order to avoid the payment adjustments starting on October 1, 2015 for eligible hospitals that didn’t meet Stage 1 Meaningful Use requirements, these facilities should consider applying for a 2016 hardship exception by April...

CDC Sees Increase in Emergency Care, Ambulatory EHR Adoption

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a survey that shows an increase in emergency and ambulatory EHR adoption between 2006 to 2011. It was found that, by 2011, 84 percent of hospital emergency departments...

Breaking Down Meaningful Use Requirements for Stages 1, 2, 3

by Vera Gruessner

Meeting meaningful use requirements for Stages 1, 2, and 3 Meaningful Use puts healthcare providers in line to receive as much as $44,000 from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and as much as $63,750 through the Medicaid EHR Incentive...

ONC Update Details Hospital EHR Incentive Program Progress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An analysis of hospital EHR Incentive Program progress through December 2014 conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology shows that 90 percent of eligible hospitals (EHs) have attested to...

athenahealth Reaches Health IT Partnership Deal with BIDMC

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Cloud-based health IT developer athenahealth has given itself another foothold in the hospital market by by reaching a health IT partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. On Tuesday, the Watertown-based company announced that...

Meeting Meaningful Use Requirements for Transitions of Care

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The challenge of meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements centers on eligible professionals and hospitals having to exchange health information with others, such as other providers and patients. Being able to send patient health...

Meaningful Use Sustainability to Test Physician Practices

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without continued financial and operational support, physician practices with limited resources — especially those in rural areas — will be unable to keep up with meaningful use requirements in future phases of the EHR Incentive...

Are Meaningful Use Incentives Worth a Provider’s Investment?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Recent reports show that physician EHR adoption is increasing but that the implementation and use of this EHR technology will not be directed toward the EHR Incentive Programs and receiving meaningful use incentives. As reported earlier...

Effect of Meaningful Use on Hospital EHR Functionality

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A study of hospital EHR use shows a pattern of EHR functionality implementation influenced by hospital type and its participation in Stage 1 Meaningful Use. “We find stronger homogeneity among small, rural, and non-teaching...

CMS Provides Details for EP Meaningful Use Menu Objectives

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With six weeks to go until the meaningful use attestation deadline for eligible professionals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance to help these eligible providers correctly report meaningful...

22% of EPs, 5% of Hospitals Fail Meaningful Use Audits

by Jennifer Bresnick

The security risk assessment has been a major pain point for healthcare organizations since the beginning of the audit program. Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Arkansas is celebrating a successful appeal of its failed meaningful use...

Is Stage 1 more challenging than Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The slow uptick in the number of eligible hospitals and professionals attesting for Stage 2 Meaningful Use has raised concerns about whether the requirements of this next phase of the EHR Incentive Programs are too demanding. But for one...

EHR adoption increases 133% at community health centers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have increased their EHR adoption by 133% over the past four years, says a report from The Commonwealth Fund, with 93% of FQHCs in possession of an EHR and 85% of these community provider...

CMS informs EPs of “special” EHR reporting periods in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues its outreach to eligible professionals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The federal agency wants to remind these eligible providers of the distinction between...

CMS reminds eligible providers of July 1 hardship exemption

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS reminds providers who were unable to attest to meaningful use in 2013 due to factors beyond their control that the agency is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013...

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