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New Measures Under Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Vera Gruessner

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have prioritized that all eligible professionals will need to meet...

Healthcare Industry Reacts to Stage 3 MU Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that the latest proposed ruling on Stage...

Breaking Down the Health IT Impacts of Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for Stage 3 meaningful use on March 20, revealing the hotly anticipated provisions for the final phase of the EHR Incentive Programs. Raising the bar on some...

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of...

Top 8 Goals of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

by Vera Gruessner

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed rule and certification requirements for Stage 3 Meaningful Use regulations. The proposed rulings focus on increasing health information exchange (HIE) and...

IOM Panel Recommends Addition to Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Vera Gruessner

A committee from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released recommended guidelines urging the federal government to include patient socioeconomic status and behavioral health data in Stage 3 Meaningful Use regulations. The IOM report was...

CMS Extends 2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline for EPs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Eligible professionals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program have a new meaningful use attestation deadline to complete their meaningful use attestations for the 2014 reporting year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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...

Proposed 2016 Budget to Build on Benefits of Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Several divisions within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) are charged with making use of the federal agency’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget to expand the benefits of meaningful use by ensuring interoperability...

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...

UDIs Sought for Meaningful Use, EHR Certification Rules

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A coalition led by the Pew Charitable Trusts is seeking to make unique device identifiers (UDIs) a mandatory component of meaningful use and EHR certification rules, according to a recent letter to the Department of Health & Human...

Is Patient-Generated Data the Solution to Incomplete EHRs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Directly incorporating patient-generated data into the physician EHR should address challenges related to review of systems (ROS) and their effect on billing, clinical workflows, and patient outcomes, according to a recent article in the...

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...

AMA Pushes to Boost Meaningful Use Requirements Flexibility

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In advance of the rulemaking for Stage 3 Meaningful Use, the American Medical Association (AMA) is making its case to the architects of the EHR Incentive Programs that changes must be made in order to ensure their success in promoting EHR...

AMA foresees bleak future for meaningful use without changes

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

If the EHR Incentive Programs stay on their current path, then their future will be bleak. That’s the picture being painted by the American Medical Association in a letter to the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

AHA considers ONC’s new EHR certification approach risky

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) wants the 2015 Edition certification criteria to mark the beginning of “greater and earlier visibility” into its approach to EHR certification, but the...

EHRA takes issue with timing in ONC certification NPRM

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has delivered its comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR and the proposed timing of the rule has the EHR vendors concerned. In a letter to the...

How will vendors prep for ICD-10, Stage 2 MU after the delay?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Reactions to the ICD-10 delay, which has pushed off the new code set until at least October 1, 2015, have been all over the map.  Disappointed coders, ambivalent physicians, and opportunity seekers on the financial side have all...

Will and how will interoperability be achieved this year?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Is this the year that EHR adopters will have the benefit of interoperable EHR systems? That is the question that has lingered over the past few years within the healthcare and health IT communities. But what that question may be missing is...

HITPC pares down 30% of Stage 3 Meaningful Use recommendations

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC) made some tough calls on March 11 in relation to the number and scope of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria.  Leaving a third of the potential measures on the cutting room floor before recommending...

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