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POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

May 23, 2017 - President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally important to health IT infrastructure and innovation are proposed changes at AHRQ and ONC. Chief among the major savings and reforms within HHS is...


athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use


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...

MIPS Measures Could Add to Inequity in Quality Improvements


A new study by Eggleton et al. finds gaps in Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures may worsen disparities between the quality of certain aspects of healthcare including patient access, experience, and interpersonal care. While...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support


Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the revised Performance...

10 MACRA Trends Likeliest to Challenge Eligible Clinicians


Results from a recent Black Book survey of 8,845 surveyed physician practices identify the top ten most challenging aspects of MACRA implementation for eligible clinicians. With the first year of MACRA implementation underway, physician practices...

AAFP Recommends CMS Simplify MACRA Implementation Requirements


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting ways the federal agency can simplify MACRA implementation requirements for providers. Representing 124,900 physicians and medical students across the...

CMS to Inform Clinicians of MIPS Participation Status in May


All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced. The federal agency is in the process...

CMS Now Accepting CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications


CMS is accepting Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey vendor applications through the end of April. As part of the Quality Payment Program, the CAHPS for MIPS survey...

CMS Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance


CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities,...

New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting


A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the Federal...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology


HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier


A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

New Policy Should Accomodate Physician EHR Documentation Demands


A recent study of physician EHR documentation activities under fee-for-service reimbursement shows that physicians spent less time with patients than anticipated by federal incentive payment programs. Tai-Seale et al. analyzed EHR data and found...

AMIA Details Value-Based Care Health IT Infrastructure Needs


The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has made 17 policy recommendations for promoting the development and adoption of health IT infrastructure capable of supporting the transition to value-based care in a new paper. The recommendations...

Alpha II Registry Approved as 2017 MIPS Qualified Registry


CMS recently granted the Alpha II Registry approval to serve as a qualified registry for reporting Merit-based Incentive Payment System data as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017. The Florida-based healthcare software and software-related...

CMS Announces MIPS Registration Period for Group Reporting


CMS recently announced that groups planning to use its Group Web Interface or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) must register to report 2017 performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus


March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you...

AMA Leads Call for Address EHR Quality Reporting Programs


The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

Health Data Exchange Vital to Quality Care at Lower Cost


Health information technology, particularly capabilities tied to health data exchange, has an important role to play in the federal government’s push to improve the cost and quality American healthcare. Recently, the National Academy of...



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