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Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule: Is More Time Needed?

April 6, 2015 - With the comment period open for providing feedback on the Stage 3 Meaningful Use proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are likely to receive a multitude of opinions regarding the revision of these meaningful use requirements. EHRIntelligence.com spoke with Bruce Eckert, National Practice...


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Meaningful Use, Regulatory Burden Costing Providers Billions

by Kate Monica

A new study by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found regulatory burden imposed by federal programs including meaningful use costs health systems and post-acute care (PAC) providers nearly $39 billion a year. Researchers determined the...

House Subcommittee Okays Bill to Reduce Provider EHR Use Burden

by Kate Monica

The House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee yesterday approved legislation to remove a requirement from the HITECH Act that increases the stringency of meaningful use standards for EHR use overtime. The bill is designed specifically “to...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the...

Eligible Hospitals Progress in Meaningful Use Public Health

by Kate Monica

Of the four meaningful use public health measures available for eligible hospitals to report, active reporting of electronic immunization registry and reportable laboratory results were the two most common. According to ONC, 4,043 eligible and...

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines

by Sara Heath

Epic EHR and other competing EHR technology once again dominated the health IT headlines this year, alongside major policy moves such as the MACRA implementation final rule and Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation. This year, policymakers unveiled...

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Sara Heath

Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and burdensome...

Health IT Interoperability in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As originally planned, eligible professionals and hospitals would to move from EHR adoption and data capture to advanced EHR use an health information exchange. While the meaningful use timeline has changed considerably with Stage 3 Meaningful...

Recapping EHR Meaningful Use Program Modifications Since 2014

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, the source of frustration for many healthcare providers, has undergone several modifications since it began in 2011. From its flexibility modifications regarding...

Will Senate Bill Help to End the EHR Incentive Programs?

by Sara Heath

The Senate Health Committee’s recent draft legislation may contribute to the end of the EHR Incentive Programs, says John D. Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the midst of industry confusion surrounding the fate...

Will Expectations Meet Reality for Interoperability in 2016?

by Marc Willard & Mike Funk

Last year was an important year for advancing health information technology (IT) interoperability. In particular, the unveiling of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

CMS, ONC Expand Explanation of Upcoming Meaningful Use Plans

by Sara Heath

Following up from last week’s EHR meaningful use announcement at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT, have...

Industry Experts Back EHR Meaningful Use Overhaul

by Sara Heath

Over the course of the past week, several healthcare industry experts have expressed support for ending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, stating that the program may have run its course. For...

Meaningful Use Overhaul Welcomed Change for Hospitals

by Sara Heath

In response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s recent announcement regarding upcoming changes to the EHR meaningful use programs, 31 healthcare organizations signed a letter reminding Department of Health & Human Services’...

AMA Tabs Stage 3 Meaningful Use a Top 2016 Health IT Concern

by Sara Heath

Among the top healthcare IT concerns for the upcoming year is Stage 3 meaningful use, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its schedule and requirements...

CMS Requests Comments on EHR, Health IT Certification Rule

by Sara Heath

As one of their final acts of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a request for information regarding the certification of EHRs and health IT used...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Bill Advances in Congress

by Sara Heath

Congress has passed a bill that may make the EHR Incentive Programs attestation a little easier this year. On Friday, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed S.2425, which would amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security...

Recapping Recommended Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Health Association (AHA) is the latest industry group to share its recommendations for changes to meaningful use requirements following the publishing of modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and requirements for upcoming Stage...

AMA, HIMSS Submit Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Sara Heath

Two more industry groups have commented on Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, but one is in support while the other is in opposition. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Stage 3 needs a major overhaul to help improve physician...

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