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How Clinicians Can Avoid MIPS Negative Payment Adjustments

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Earlier this month, the Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) issued the final rule for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under the Quality Payment Program. The final rule allows for numerous paths for eligible clinicians to participate...

ONC Health IT Certification Rule to Hold Vendors Accountable

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The ONC Health IT Certification Rule makes great strides toward continuing to reward quality healthcare technology while holding accountable that which falls short, according to leaders from two prominent industry groups. One was DirectTrust...

AMA Praises Transparency in Certified Health IT Final Rule

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The American Medical Association has praised the ONC Health IT Certification final rule for its emphasis on technology oversight, testing, and transparency, according to a statement from the group. The final rule, which was released late last...

ONC to Directly Review Certified EHR Technology, Health IT

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized a rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to authorize the federal agency to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT. "More...

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program to Support Health IT Progress

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The head of ONC is targeting MACRA implementation of the Quality Payment Program as the driving forces behind improving health IT and seamless data flow. In a speech delivered late last week to the Association of Health Care Journalists, National...

Final Health IT Certification Rule Supports HIT Transparency

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued the final rule for the Health IT Certification Program with the purpose of improving the reliability, transparency, accountability, and safety of certified...

HHS Releases Finalized Quality Payment Program, MACRA Rule

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The Department of Health and Human Services has officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a press release. The Quality Payment Program, which...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?

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The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs blog. “While...

Understanding Meaningful Use to Facilitate Success in MIPS?

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To ensure consistent clinical quality when transitioning from Stage 2 Meaningful Use to Advancing Care Information under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), policymakers should review the previous transition from Stage 1 to Stage...

AHRQ Awards $13.4M for Pediatric Clinical Quality Measures

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded $13.4 million in funding to six new Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) participants to help develop pediatric quality measures, according to a press release. These awards,...

California Overpays $23.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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The California Department of Health Care Services issued a total of nearly $23.2 million in overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, reports the Office of Inspector General. According to the OIG report, the state agency made overpayments...

Washington Overpaid $9.2M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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The state of Washington made overpayments to 19 hospitals participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between Oct. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2015, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Over that time period, the...

Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments Trouble Two More States

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Two more states have issued overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, according to two separate reports from the Office of Inspector General. OIG found that both Ohio and Oklahoma did not follow federal protocol for calculating the...

West Virginia Overpays $296K in EHR Incentive Payments

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The West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid nearly $296,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, according to a new Office of the Inspector General report. OIG conducted this audit by identifying five West Virginia...

Industry Groups React to MACRA Participation Flexibilities

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Several industry groups have expressed praise for the new MACRA Quality Payment Program reporting guidelines and flexibilities that CMS released late last week. The guidelines ease the program’s reporting requirements by allowing providers...

CMS: Providers Choose Pace for Quality Payment Program in 2017

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Well in advance of the final rule for the Quality Payment Program — comprising both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has...

New Fee Schedule Raises Healthcare Interoperability Concerns

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Three letters submitted over the past week highlight the negative impact of the proposed rule for revising payment policies under the 2017 physician fee schedule is likely to have on advancing healthcare interoperability. The American Medical...

98% of Hospitals Avoid Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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Ninety-eight percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals will not be subjected to payment adjustments in 2017 due to their successful stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use attestation, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

New Jersey Overpays $2.3M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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The New Jersey Department of Human Services made overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program of nearly $2.3 million, according to an Office of the Inspector General report. According to OIG, the state made EHR incentive payments to 15...

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

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Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and burdensome...

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