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Epic Systems Wins Supreme Court Labor Law Case Against Employee

May 22, 2018 - On May 21, Epic Systems won a Supreme Court labor law case in a 5-4 decision against Epic technical writer Jacob Lewis. The case may have significant implications for workers’ abilities to file class action lawsuits collectively against their employers. Epic v. Lewis was argued in October 2017 and included two similar labor law cases — National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil...


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CMS Accepting New Promoting Interoperability Measure Proposals

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CMS recently announced it is accepting proposals for new measures stakeholders would like to see included in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability (PI) program. The federal agency will accept proposals until June 29. CMS is encouraging stakeholders...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

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In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a new approach...

2018 VA MISSION Act to Improve Health Data Exchange for Veterans

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The House Committee on Veterans Affairs recently passed the VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION) of 2018, which includes policies designed to improve health data exchange at VA care sites to enable...

Cerner Sees Benefit to API Development in CMS IPPS Proposed Rule

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Cerner supports policies part of the fiscal year 2019 CMS IPPS proposed rule related to promoting the development of application programming interfaces (APIs) and improving interoperability, Cerner executives told Kansas City Business Journal....

ONC Working with Health IT Innovators to Improve Interoperability

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ONC is currently working with health IT innovators to spur the development of application programming interfaces (APIS) that improve interoperability and patient health data access, according to a recent Health IT Buzz blog post by National Coordinator...

Early Praise for CMS Proposed Rule to Promote Interoperability

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As part of a new proposed rule, CMS is re-naming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability” to reflect the federal agency’s focus on improving health data exchange and reducing administrative burden on providers,...

Physicians Seek MIPS Changes, Reduced Administrative Burden

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Forty-four medical associations, groups, and societies recently issued a letter to CMS urging the federal agency to reduce the 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting period from a calendar year to a minimum of 90 days...

Department of State Issues RFI for New EHR Implementation

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The US Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Medical Services (MED) recently issued a request for information (RFI) to identify potential health IT companies capable of meeting the department’s needs for a new EHR implementation. MED is responsible...

NQF Advises CMS Align Quality Measures, Cut Administrative Burden

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The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recently provided recommendations to CMS on ways to align clinical quality measures and reduce administrative burden associated with federal reporting for...

Trump Administration Ousts VA Secretary David Shulkin

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President Trump has fired VA Secretary David Shulkin following accusations from the federal agency’s Inspector General that Shulkin improperly accepted tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Shulkin had also been under fire after reports...

Cerner, Epic 2015 CEHRT Most Commonly Used by Eligible Clinicians

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The highest number of eligible hospitals and clinicians used the 2015 edition Certified EHR technology (CEHRT) from Cerner and Epic to attest to meaningful use from 2011 to 2016, according to ONC. ONC recently posted two data visualizations demonstrating...

Call for EHR Companies to Provide No-Cost EHR System Updates

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS require that EHR vendors provide any new federally-mandated updates to EHR systems free of charge to avoid augmenting the financial burden of EHR system maintenance for physician...

ONC to Maintain $60M Budget to Support 21st Century Cures Act

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ONC will keep over $60 million in funding through September to help the agency continue its efforts to improve interoperability and carry out the aims of the 21st Century Cures Act, according to an omnibus spending bill that passed the House...

Biden Presses HHS on Information Blocking, EHR Patient Access

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Former Vice President Joe Biden recently recommended that federal officials require providers to enable complete EHR patient access within 24 hours of a request in forthcoming information blocking regulations per the 21st Century Cures Act.  ...

MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value program...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework to Disrupt HIEs Industry-Wide

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Days into 2018, ONC released the first draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) designed to streamline health data exchange and advance interoperability per provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. While most stakeholders...

AHA, HIMSS Support CMS Plans for Meaningful Use, MyHealthEData

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HIMSS and AHA voiced support for CMS after the federal agency revealed plans to overhaul meaningful use requirements as part of the EHR Incentive Programs and to promote patient EHR access through the Trump Administration’s MyHealthEData...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development

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CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the project,...

CMS Shares Plans to Enable Interoperability, Value-Based Care

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In remarks at the HIMSS18 conference in Las Vegas, CMS Administrator Seema Verma detailed several of the federal agency’s plans to improve interoperability and health data exchange in support of the value-based care system. CMS primarily...

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