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Hospital Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestations Double Up

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Between November 1 and December 1, Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestations by hospitals increased two-fold. The number of hospitals successfully attesting for Stage 2 Meaningful Use more than doubled in the past month, according to new data...

Leveraging the Patient Portal for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 5% patient engagement threshold in Stage 2 meaningful use has gotten a lot of providers worried since CMS confirmed that simply having and using an EHR wasn’t going to be good enough for the higher levels of the EHR Incentive...

Stage 2 Meaningful Use Should Be about Improving Patient Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stage 2 meaningful use asks providers to take a huge step up for the first level of requirements built into the EHR Incentive Programs, and not everyone is convinced that the effort is worth it.  Health IT has certainly proven that it...

How HIE Helped One Health System Meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stage 2 Meaningful Use has been a rocky road for many of the earliest healthcare organizations seeking to attest to the more arduous requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs, but as more providers start to jump on the bandwagon, tips and...

Stage 2 Meaningful Use Is Driving HIE, EHR Data Exchange

by Jennifer Bresnick

Stage 2 meaningful use is one of the primary drivers of improved health information exchange (HIE) and EHR interoperability, according to the eHealth Initiative’s 11th annual survey.  In turn, improved data exchange is accelerating the...

Are Current Expectations for Interoperability Nearsighted?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A major component of Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements is to promote the exchange of health information between certified EHR technologies (CEHRTs), but most providers have yet to demonstrate their ability to meet these measures. In...

Study: Patient Engagement Improves Medication Accuracy

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patient engagement through online portals can help to improve the accuracy of medication lists, according to a Geisinger study published this week in eGEMs, while also helping providers to meet the patient portal requirements of Stage 2...

Has Provider Support for Meaningful Use Waned Irreversibly?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The recent changes to the EHR Incentive Programs by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are intended to increase flexibility for eligible professionals and hospitals struggling to keep up with meeting meaningful use...

Are HIE, Patient Access Meaningful Use Requirements Unfair?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The meaningful use requirements of Stage 2 include measures whose completion depends on other care facilities or individuals being able to connect with eligible professionals and hospitals — health information exchange and patient access...

Oct. 2: ONC to Discuss New 2014 Edition EHR Certification

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The EHR Incentive Programs underwent significant changes affecting meaningful use reporting in 2014. At the same time, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology which handles the certification side of EHR...

Flex-IT Act aims to reduce meaningful use reporting in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

If relief is not coming to eligible professionals and hospitals as a result of a recent final rule modifying meaningful use reporting in 2014 and 2015, then a recently introduced bill might just be the key. Yesterday, Representatives...

New Blue Button toolkit to support Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

As part of the National Health IT Week festivities, the ONC has announced a new Blue Button patient engagement toolkit intended to provide detailed information on the technical standards necessary to provide online access to personal...

Advocates Call for Immediate 2015 Meaningful Use Changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Dissatisfied with a provision in a recently finalized rule impacting meaningful use, a group of provider associations led by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is calling on the Department of Health &...

Using Meaningful Use, ICD-10 to Build a Successful Practice

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A provider’s EHR system has a critical role to play in the short-term pursuit of meaningful use and the long-term achievement of compliance with ICD-10. For North Carolina Pediatric Associates, the recent transition to new certified...

HIMSS warns of full-year meaningful use reporting in 2015

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is arguing that a recent final rule with the purpose of giving eligible providers greater flexibility for meaningful use in 2014 will still lead to problems in 2015 as a...

CMS pays out $24.8B in meaningful use incentives through July

by Jennifer Bresnick

The pace of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation among eligible providers and hospitals is picking up steam after a slow start earlier this year, contributing to more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments cashed by the healthcare industry...

Making the most of the 2014 meaningful use final rule

by Sponsored Content

Hallmark signs of today’s transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance are the ever-changing rules and timelines for maximizing compliance and incentives and avoiding penalties. Meaningful use is no exception. CMS’s approval...

CMS offers guidance on patient engagement in meaningful use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is highlighting the patient engagement requirements of meaningful use in its latest spotlight on the EHR Incentive Programs for eligible professionals (EPs). As the federal agency...

Breaking Down the Final Rule for Meaningful Use in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The rule with the purpose of providing flexibility to eligible professionals and hospitals is now final, much to the chagrin of many commenters who sought to effect many more changes through their feedback. Back in May, the Centers for...

Patient access, VDT, CDS focus of latest meaningful use FAQs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advising eligible professionals and hospitals to review a few recently added frequently asked questions (FAQs) covering three components of the EHR Incentive Programs. Two of the...

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