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NC Mental Health Providers Oppose Behavioral Health EHR Requirements

March 14, 2019 - A group of mental health providers and social workers in North Carolina are requesting a delay on state requirements that promote behavioral health EHR use, according to North Carolina Health News. Specifically, the care providers oppose state legislation that would require providers in behavioral healthcare settings to link with North Carolina’s health information exchange (HIE)...


Trump 2020 Budget Request Includes $1.6B for VA EHR Modernization


The Trump Administration has requested $1.6 billion to fund the VA EHR modernization project in 2020. “The EHR is a high-priority initiative that would ensure a seamlessly integrated healthcare record between the Department of...

CHIME Cites Lack of True Interoperability as Source of Health Costs


In a response to a federal request for information (RFI) about how to address rising healthcare costs, CHIME recommended the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions focus on advancing interoperability and improving...

CMS Seeks to Improve Interoperability With Public Policy Changes


At a recent Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) 2019 Public Policy Conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to improving interoperability through several policy changes. “With...

AHA Opposes Key Information Blocking Regulation in CMS Proposed Rule


The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently expressed disapproval for a policy within the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule that requires hospitals to send admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications as...

CMS Proposes Publicly Identifying Information Blocking Providers


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is set to get tough on “bad actors” contributing to health information blocking. Following the announcement of the Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule, CMS...

ONC Proposed Rule Identifies Exceptions to Information Blocking


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)has ushered in the next phase of the 21st Century Cures Act with the impending release of a proposed rule on interoperability and information...

Lawmakers Want Cooperation from VA on EHR Modernization


A group of bipartisan lawmakers sent a letter Feb. 4 to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie encouraging him and his leadership to work with Congress on implementing the department’s $10-billion EHR modernization, “one...

AMGA Seeks End of MIPS Exclusions to Promote Value-Based Care


AMGA is calling on Congress to implement MACRA and the Quality Payment Program it introduced fully, beginning with the elimination of exclusions from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that exempted more than half of eligible...

AHA Says ONC, CMS Need to ‘Rethink’ EHR Documentation Rules


The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants ONC and CMS to “rethink” EHR documentation requirements and evaluate whether certain requirements should be eliminated rather than modified to make documentation more efficient...

EHR Data to Provide Real-World Evidence for Clinical Trials


EHR data has an important role in the collection and generation of actionable information at FDA. In recent remarks before the Bipartisan Policy Center, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, emphasized the need for real-world evidence...

AMIA Calls for Strictly Clinical Documentation in Patient EHRs


The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has offered a solution to regulatory and administrative burden — separate the clinical from the financial in EHR documentation. In response to an ONC draft strategy for reducing...

Pew Suggests Boosting EHR Usability, API Use to Cut Clinician Burden


Improving EHR usability and promoting efficient application programming interface (API) use may help to cut down on regulatory burden on clinicians, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. The organization submitted these recommendations to...

Health IT Now Presses ONC On Information Blocking Regulations


Health IT Now (HITN) is pushing ONC to release information blocking regulations after the federal agency missed its September deadline. In a public statement, HITN responded to ONC’s House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee...

Which Provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act Has ONC Implemented?


Healthcare stakeholders have voiced concern over ONC’s slow pace in implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) passed in 2016. However, ONC has laid the groundwork to release information blocking regulations,...

APIs, TEFCA Expected to Boost EHR Interoperability Industry-Wide


EHR interoperability will likely improve in the next few years as ONC makes progress toward promoting the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) and implementing provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to National...

Reduced Regulatory Burden Needed For Improved Interoperability


Reducing regulatory and administrative burden on health IT developers and providers is necessary to paving the way for interoperability in healthcare. This sentiment came from HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at the ONC 2018 Annual...

How Information Blocking Regulations Can Promote EHR Usability


Further transparency in EHR testing and development is imperative to improving EHR usability and reducing patient harm associated with EHR use, according to AMA and Medstar. The organizations offered recommendations for three information...

93% of MIPS Eligible Clinicians Earned Federal Incentives in 2017


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...

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


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...



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