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AHA: We need CMS database for public health, meaningful use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is urging CMS to speed up the creation of a centralized repository for EHR data intended to improve population health management and support the public health reporting requirements of meaningful...

AHA urges CMS to move quickly with meaningful use database

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has responded to last month’s public notice in which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) laid out its plan to collect and publish meaningful use data. Last month, CMS...

EHR meaningful use incentives power towards $24 billion

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite slow attestation rates at the outset of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the EHR Incentive Programs continue to be liberal with their namesake funds, doling out a total of $23.7 billion over the past three years.  With 91% of eligible...

CMS finalizes 2014 eCQMs for meaningful use EPs in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are calling attention to an important update to 2014 electronic clinical measures (eCQMs)...

Who’s eligible for the proposed meaningful use 2014 changes?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The rule proposing modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs for 2014 has finally appeared in the Federal Register and the comment period that runs until July 21 has officially begun. While the changes proposed by the Centers for...

AHA, AMA support proposed changes to 2014 meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The proposed rule to modify meaningful use reporting in 2014 has yet to appear in the Federal Register, but by the time it does it is unlikely to face any opposition from industry stakeholders in healthcare, such as the American Hospital...

Will providers be able to benefit from meaningful use change?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Early stakeholder feedback from College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is raising concerns that eligible hospitals (EHs) will not be able to benefit from the proposed rule to provide greater flexibility for...

CMS proposes major CEHRT revision for 2014 meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Eligible professionals and hospitals will have greater flexibility in demonstrating meaningful use in the 2014 reporting year based on a rule proposed by published by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). In a joint...

Atrius Health recommends new direction for meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During the first of two listening sessions hosted by the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a physician from one of Massachusetts leading health systems offered his concerns about his organization’s progress in Stage 2...

CMS provides overview of Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making additional resources available to eligible providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Yesterday, the federal agency responsible for administrating...

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...

May 29: CMS to host call on Stage 2 Meaningful Use for EPs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

At the end of May, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are looking to educate eligible professionals (EPs) about Stage 2 Meaningful Use of the EHR Incentive Programs. In the upcoming national call, the federal agency...

Is meaningful use driving eligible providers off course?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The concept of meaningful use has many supporters. Its execution, however, has its fair share of detractors. Even the most ardent proponents of meaningful use recognize the deficiencies present in the certified EHR technology required by...

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...

4 hospitals, 50 EPs have attested to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Only four eligible hospitals (EHs) and fifty eligible providers (EPs) have attested to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use so far, said Beth Myers on behalf of CMS during the latest Health IT Policy Committee meeting this week.  While Myers...

ONC: Hospitals dramatically increase EHR, HIE adoption

by Jennifer Bresnick

Hospitals are hard at work to bolster their health IT systems and adopt advanced capabilities like health information exchange, says a new report from the Office of the National Coordinator, though a great deal work remains to be done. ...

Meaningful Use brings strain on public health reporting

by Jennifer Bresnick

Rapidly increasing EHR adoption and requirements in the latter stages of Meaningful Use are significantly increasing the amount of public health reporting, says an issue brief released by ONC this week, but the underlying infrastructure...

EHR Incentive Programs payout tops $22.9 billion in March

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful Use has netted nearly $23 billion for eligible hospitals (EHs) and professionals since the inception of the EHR Incentive Programs, representing participation from just over 90% of hospitals and close to 70% of eligible...

AHA considers ONC’s new EHR certification approach risky

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) wants the 2015 Edition certification criteria to mark the beginning of “greater and earlier visibility” into its approach to EHR certification, but the...

EHRA takes issue with timing in ONC certification NPRM

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has delivered its comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR and the proposed timing of the rule has the EHR vendors concerned. In a letter to the...

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