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Congress Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule to Be Paused

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

UPDATE: CMS issued the final rule for meaningful use modifications on October 6. More than a hundred members of Congress have subscribed their signatures to a letter urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of...

UPDATE: Final Rule for Meaningful Use Modifications Under Review

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of Management and Budget has received the final rule for modifying meaningful use requirements between 2015 and 2017 from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). According to the OMB list of regulatory actions...

MGMA Calls for CMS to Extend Meaningful Use Reporting Period

by Sara Heath

As healthcare groups continue to wait for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to issue a final rule on modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is concerned that medical groups...

CHIME Urges CMS to Issue Final Rule on EHR Incentive Program

by Sara Heath

In a joint letter signed by several health IT industry stakeholders, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) implored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release their final rule on the...

CHIME, AMA Support Bill to Revise EHR Incentive Programs

by Sara Heath

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and American Medical Association (AMA) recently expressed their support for the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act (Flex-IT 2...

One Barrier Stands in Way of Secure Electronic Messaging

by Vera Gruessner

Secure electronic messaging between patients and providers has become a major goal of the healthcare industry in order to achieve higher levels of patient engagement. Since the HITECH Act was passed in 2009, the Office of the National...

More EHR Vendors Establish Connections to Massachusetts HIE

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Two EHR vendors are the latest to connect their services to the statewide health information exchange (HIE) in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (Mass HIway). Two organizations, athenahealth and NextGen...

Do Meaningful Use Requirements Need the 5% Objective Back?

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements were announced, a wide variety of opinions and objections surfaced throughout the healthcare industry. For instance, patient engagement advocates are calling for...

Defending Meaningful Use Requirements for Patient Engagement

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

When the Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements first emerged, many eligible professionals and hospitals voiced their concern for the patient engagement requirement of view, download, and transmit (VDT). Those concerns were apparently loud...

Patient Engagement Advocates Call for Data Independence Day

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the proposed modifications of the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements were announced by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), patient engagement advocates showed criticism toward one of the new changes. If the...

Concerns on Proposed Meaningful Use Requirements Abound

by Vera Gruessner

With the deadline for public comments regarding the proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements at an end, various healthcare groups and medical providers submitted their opinions on the regulations in the nick of time. The American...

Stage 3 Meaningful Use ‘Too Ambitious’ on Patient Action Goals

by Vera Gruessner

Various stakeholders have begun taking part in sending their public comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with regard to the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule and the proposed modifications to Stage 2...

Is Penalty Phase Under Meaningful Use Requirements Fair?

by Vera Gruessner

Ever since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was passed, the majority of healthcare providers have been focused on implementing EHR systems and health IT tools as well as meeting...

Three Vendors are Driving Patient Engagement and Portal Use

by Vera Gruessner

Driving patient engagement is still vital for the healthcare sector despite certain inconsistencies from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Even though CMS has proposed new Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations that drop...

Health Information Exchange is a Tool, Not a Solution

by Vera Gruessner

Health information exchange (HIE) is a key part of ensuring that physicians and other healthcare professionals receive the data they need at the right time in order to improve patient health outcomes.  Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania...

As CMS Becomes Lenient, Providers Tackle Patient Engagement

by Vera Gruessner

While patient engagement remains a top priority for many medical organizations across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed ruling modifying meaningful use requirements and specifically...

EHR Certification Standards Allow Health IT Design to Evolve

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT design and the development of EHR certification standards are dependent upon federal regulations, which need to address today’s physician needs as well as future demands in the healthcare industry. This is why the Stage 3...

Does Medical Data Exchange Improve Patient Management?

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare IT developers need to begin designing more effective technologies for improving interoperability, sharing data quickly, and breaking down barriers between hospitals and medical practices. The federal government is urging the...

EHR Incentive Programs Modified in New Proposed Ruling

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule on April 10 announcing specific modifications to the EHR Incentive Programs. The most important aspect of these modifications is the change to the reporting...

‘Patients First’ Brings Stage 7 Ambulatory Award

by Vera Gruessner

On March 2, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics announced in a release that they had awarded 230 clinics across Carolinas HealthCare System the Stage 7 Ambulatory Award. Stage 7 is the highest level...

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