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Meaningful Use Public Health Objectives Deadline on March 1

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Eligible professionals (EPs) working to demonstrate Stage 2 Meaningful Use in 2015 have until March 1, 2015, to complete an important step toward completing meaningful use public health objectives. In a notice to these eligible providers,...

Three Recent Major Health Information Exchange Developments

by Vera Gruessner

Three recent health information exchange (HIE) developments signal major steps for the secure and timely exchange of clinical data. HIE provides doctors, nurses, pharmacists, patients, and other healthcare providers with the ability to...

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...

CMS Provides Meaningful Use Penalties, Payments Update

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The latest EHR Incentive Programs update from CMS estimates how meaningful use penalties will affect eligible professionals in 2015. During the most recent meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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...

Why Prioritizing Usability Effects Better Ambulatory EHR Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Winona Health in rural Minnesota is celebrating a major health IT milestone after having received recognition from HIMSS Analytics for its ambulatory EHR use. The rural community health center counts itself among the top-seven percent of...

CMS Considers Reducing 2015 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pursuing additional rulemaking potentially leading to reduced meaningful use requirements in 2015, one of which is a 90-day rather than a full-year reporting period, according to...

FAQ Addresses Transitions of Care Meaningful Use Objective

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance for eligible providers for meeting a Stage 2 Meaningful Use objective for transitions of care. The federal agency has published a new frequently asked question...

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...

Group Seeks Changes to Meaningful Use EHR Certification

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition of 35 medical societies led by the American Medical Association (AMA) is calling for the decoupling of EHR certification from the EHR Incentive Programs along with several other recommendations for the certification of EHR...

Doctors Not Meeting Consumer Patient Engagement Expectations

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Many eligible providers view patient engagement requirements as a significant challenge in meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use, but they run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumer patient engagement expectations. This...

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...

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...

Why a Full-Year Meaningful Use Reporting Period Worries CIOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For those keeping pace with the requirements of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, the 2015 fiscal and calendar years bring with them a full-year meaningful use reporting period and concerns about meeting these demands on their healthcare...

Hospital Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestations Near 77 Percent

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The most recent update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) puts the percentage of hospitals eligible having successfully attested to Stage 2 Meaningful Use at 77 percent. In latest monthly meeting of the...

Physician Office EHR Adoption Increases, Meaningful Use Lags

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Physician offices continue to adopt EHR technology so why is meaningful use participation being ignored by these eligible providers? Physician office EHR adoption continued its upward swing between 2013 and 2014, but less than half of...

OMB Reviewing Proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements are under review at the OMB prior to becoming public in the Federal Register. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is one step closer to issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking...

How Meaningful Use, EHR, ICD-10 Implementation Fared in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While this week marks the end of one and beginning of another year, those in the healthcare industry should take note of all that transpired in the previous year to avoid similar setbacks in 2015. This is especially true for matters...

Nebraska Docs Feel Pressure of Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not long after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its plans to send notices to eligible professionals to be subject to Medicare payment adjustments in 2015, stories about the challenge of meeting meaningful use...

More Responses to Meaningful Use Penalties, Participation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Members of Congress and CHIME respond to reports of meaningful use penalties and participation figures. In the span of one week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two telling pieces of information regarding...

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