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93% of MIPS Eligible Clinicians Earned Federal Incentives in 2017

November 9, 2018 - Ninety-three percent of eligible clinicians that participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) earned positive payment adjustments for their performance in 2017. CMS released this data in an announcement displaying performance results from Year 1 of QPP. Only five percent of eligible clinicians received a negative payment...


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2015 Edition CEHRT In Use By Over 90% of Eligible Hospitals

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Over 90 percent of eligible hospitals use 2015 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) as of October 2018, according to the most recent data from ONC. This update comes as part of a set of data visualizations showing the percentage of...

Pew, KLAS Suggest EHR Reporting Program Promote Safety, EHR Training

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Pew Charitable Trusts and the Arch Collaborative — a KLAS-affiliated initiative comprising 5,000 providers — recently recommended the EHR Reporting Program include criteria centered on safety-related usability and EHR training,...

CMS Correcting Errors in 2017 MIPS Final Score Calculations

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CMS has extended its targeted review process to October 15 to allow eligible clinicians, groups, and those participating in certain alternative payment models (APMs) to closely look over their 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System...

Hospitals Fail to Meet EHR, Paper Health Records Request Regulations

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Regulators should enforce stricter policies related to patient access to health information, according to a recent JAMA study that found many hospitals are not fulfilling federal or state regulations related to patient EHR and paper health...

Joint DoD, VA EHR Modernization Governance Bodies to Launch 2019

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The Department of Defense (DoD) and VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) is helping to establish joint DoD and VA EHR modernization governance bodies in an effort to facilitate collaborative decision-making and improve interagency...

HIMSS: Stark Law Hinders Care Coordination, Health Data Exchange

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The Physician Self-Referral Law, commonly known as the Stark Law, places unnecessary administrative burdens on providers while hindering care coordination and health data exchange, according to a letter from HIMSS to CMS Administrator...

Meaningful Use Investigation Centers on Community Health Systems

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Community Health Systems (CHS) is currently in the midst of a civil investigation into its ability to fulfill requirements of the meaningful use program, according to details contained within the health system’s Form 10-Q filing with...

CMS Proposed Rule Requires Certified EHR Technology Use by ACOs

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A CMS proposed rule intended to change the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) to prioritize beneficiary engagement, EHR interoperability, curbing opioid misuse, and other federal initiatives will require that eligible...

Which eCQMs Were Removed From the 2019 CMS IPPS Final Rule?

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Since launching the Meaningful Measures initiative in 2017, CMS has been adamant about only including electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) in federal reporting programs that evaluate core issues most vital to high-quality care...

Health IT Now, AAFP Urge ONC to Publish Information Blocking Rules

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Stakeholders including Health IT Now, AAFP, and AMIA are disappointed that ONC has not published clear information blocking regulations per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) almost two years after the piece of legislation...

CMS Administrator Verma Pushes Paperless Healthcare System by 2020

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Problems with interoperability and health data exchange have driven many physicians to continue to rely on fax machines when sharing patient health information, said CMS Seema Verma at the ONC 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6. In a...

CMS Final Rule Incentivizes Interoperability, Health Data Exchange

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The CMS final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System includes policies that rebrand the meaningful use programs as the promoting interoperability (PI) program...

1,500 Epic Systems Employees May File Individual Arbitrations

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Up to 1,500 quality assurance and technical writers at Epic Systems may file wage and working hours claims through individual arbitration after the health IT company won a major Supreme Court labor law case that barred employees from...

How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

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CMS recently released its proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce administrative burden for eligible...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

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In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut...

Supporting the Independent Practice in a Value-Based Care System

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Value-based care is touted as a way of incentivizing providers to achieve the triple aim: delivering high quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs. While shifting from a fee-for-service model to...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

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Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

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A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry...

Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

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Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema...

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