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Why early success in meaningful use matters in the long run

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The EHR Incentive Programs comprise various stages (Stage 1, Stage 2, etc.) and each of these stages of meaningful has multiple phases (90 day, full year, etc.). So much of an eligible hospital’s success in demonstrating meaningful...

How did a rural NH hospital achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Critical access hospitals (CAHs) tend to lack the resources of other hospitals which can put them at a disadvantage when pursuing health IT initiatives such as meaningful use. However, the collaboration of executive, clinical, and...

33% of patients don’t know if they have patient portal access

by Jennifer Bresnick

While it may be worrying for Stage 2 meaningful use hopefuls that just one in three patients confirmed they have access to a patient portal, an even more alarming statistic is that thirty-three percent of patients simply don’t know...

Managing the administrative technicalities of meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Having the right kind of technology is essential to achieving the various stages of meaningful use. Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) must be in place and used by clinicians to capture required data. But simply having and using the EHR...

How to overcome obstacles in the way of patient engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The patient engagement requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use place responsibility on eligible providers as well as patients for a successful attestation. This has many eligible hospitals and professionals uncomfortable because for the...

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...

Debating effect of Stage 2 Meaningful Use on EHR adoption

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

At first glance, the findings from a recent study are positive with respect to the progress being made by hospitals in the adoption of EHR systems. But those same findings also raised doubts about the readiness of eligible hospitals in the...

EHR adoption tops 50% but Stage 2 remains problematic

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The findings from a new study by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provide promising results about the increased adoption of EHR systems among hospitals over the past few years, but they...

AMA, MGMA see failure in proposed meaningful use changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Prior to the closing of the comment period for a proposed rule modifying the EHR Incentive Programs in 2014, both the American Medical Association (AMA) and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) submitted feedback identifying areas...

What is the status of meaningful use, Stage 2 in 2014?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Meaningful use in 2014 is off to a slow start and even slower is the progress of eligible providers working to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use, according to data unveiled by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During...

CMS tool helps providers determine meaningful use in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking to help eligible providers make sense of its notice of proposed rulemaking that would dramatically impact meaningful use reporting requirements in 2014. The federal...

Where customization falls short in Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Among EHR adopters, the notion of one-size-doesn’t-fit-all has reached its tipping point with many specialty physicians opting for EHR technology that is unique to their area of expertise rather than making an EHR system do something...

Stage 2 Meaningful Use EHRs may not be fully interoperable

by Jennifer Bresnick

Not all EHRs certified for Stage 2 Meaningful Use are created equal, a new study in JAMIA has found, and providers may be lacking some critical interoperability capabilities necessary to meet the future stages of the EHR Incentive...

Lack of CEHRT to force changes in 2015 Medicare program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The availability of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) has already led to changes in meaningful use reporting in 2014 and now it will lead to further changes in the Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) in calendar year 2015, according to a...

Are present patient engagement strategies missing the mark?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In Stage 2 Meaningful Use, eligible providers must meet certain requirements for patient engagement with the patient portal representing the most obvious tool for connecting with patients in a meaningful way. The second phase of the EHR...

CHIME weighs in on proposed meaningful use changes in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has a handful of recommendations for the two federal agencies within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) responsible for the proposed changes to meaningful...

How can HIE drive meaningful use, healthcare reform via HIT?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Without health information exchange (HIE), how will health data follow patients along the continuum of care? Beginning in Stage 2 Meaningful Use, eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) must meet certain requirements involving the...

How Stage 2 Meaningful Use drives patient engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires that eligible providers engage their patients, but for one eligible hospital it has been the impetus for a new approach to patient engagement. Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Kentucky is preparing to begin...

athenahealth is EHR of choice for most Stage 2 attesters so far

by Jennifer Bresnick

athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR is showering incentive payments upon its users as the first Stage 2 meaningful use attestations start to roll in.  The company announced that 59% of the 485 eligible providers successfully...

AHA calls for final rule modifying meaningful use in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is asking the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to move quickly in finalizing the proposed...

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