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Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law

by Sara Heath

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. S. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain...

CMS Releases Batch Options for Meaningful Use Reporting

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its meaningful use batch upload page for the 2015 program year, according to a public announcement. In 2014, CMS began its batch uploading policy, which states that groups...

CPeH Supports Scheduled Roll-out of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

In the wake of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Programs final rule, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth has become one of the very few healthcare industry stakeholders supporting the roll-out schedule for...

CMS Releases Summary Materials for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

As promised following the October announcement of the EHR Incentive Programs final rule for meaningful use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released accompanying documents to assist different practices with Stage...

Breaking Down Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016

by Sara Heath

As the new year quickly approaches, so does the start of meaningful use attestation under the new final Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule. With that final rule comes many changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use that providers will...

Halamka Sees MACRA as Replacement to Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

EHR users need less bureaucracy and fewer regulations in order to optimize their health IT use, argues John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In a recent blog post, the CIO describes several federal...

CMS Issues Three New FAQs on Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued three new frequently asked questions (FAQs) to clarify meaningful use requirements around health information exchange and patient engagement following the recent changes to...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Requirements for Public Health

by Sara Heath

After the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) modified the CMS EHR Incentive Programs for 2015-2017, several medical professionals expressed concern about being able to meet some of the revised requirements for the next...

Industry Experts Provide Meaningful Use Summaries, Analysis

by Sara Heath

In response to the long-anticipated final use for meaningful use modifications and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, industry experts have come forward to provide summaries and feedback of the rule. One such group of experts is health...

Has the Meaningful Use Final Rule Levelled the Playing Field?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 are now indeed final, eligible providers must still contend with a tight window for pulling together the necessary meaningful use data and completing meaningful...

Recapping Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use Modifications Rule

by Sara Heath

After announcing that they have finalized the modifications rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the rule to the Federal Register. This document contains the entire final...

For Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation, Pick a Larger EHR Vendor

by Sara Heath

Larger EHR vendors tend to make better partners in achieving Stage 2 Meaningful Use, according to a recent study by Peer60. The study, which discusses insights and trends in EHR vendors, sought to identify the which vendors play a bigger...

CMS Offers Guidance for Revised Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

After releasing both the final rule for Stage 2 Meaningful use modifications and Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a conference call reviewing the details of the rules on...

CMS Finalizes Rule Modifying Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In what should come as good news for eligible professionals and hospitals alike, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially finalized modifications to meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 and...

Meaningful Use Rule Not Final, But Attestation System Closed

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has yet to publish the final rule for meaningful use modifications between 2015 and 2017, but the Centers...

UPDATE: Pending Modifications Holding Back EHR Incentive Programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The proposed modifications for meaningful use between 2015 and 2017 are having an effect on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive...

CMS Gives No Indication of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. Despite repeated calls for a Stage 3 Meaningful Use delay, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has yet to address the likelihood that the...

Senator Gives 5 Reasons to Delay Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. Joining the group of critics of Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Senate Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Lamar Alexander...

AMA Urges CMS to Give Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

As the waiting game for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule and Stage 2 meaningful use modification rule continues, the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to start...

Leading Senators Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Delay

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is continuing to receive pressure from Congress to move forward with modifications to meaningful use...

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