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Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

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With the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA now in its first year, both healthcare providers and federal agencies such as CMS hope participating hospitals and physician practices are better prepared to meet requirements and avoid...

Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

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A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era....

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer....

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

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The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations...

AMA Calls for Stability, Simplicity in Future MIPS Scoring

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Atop its voluminous list of recommendations for the Quality Payment Program, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advised CMS to simplify the scoring of physician performance in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In a...

Stakeholders Seek Common Changes to Quality Payment Program

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CMS is currently gearing up to finalize the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2018. Released in June, the proposed rule seeks to simplify the second year of the program comprising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

NCQA Recommends 11 Changes to Quality Payment Program Rule

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The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently made nearly a dozen recommendations to CMS on the next iteration of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The recommendations came in response to a request for comment regarding...

Physicians Foresee Major Burden in Quality Payment Program

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A recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found 82 percent of responding physicians view the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as very or extremely burdensome. The survey featured responses from physicians at 750...

HITECH Directly Responsible for Hospital EHR Adoption Spike

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A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein and Ashish K. Jha found HITECH to be primarily responsible for significant increases in hospital EHR adoption rates, suggesting the law should serve as a model for ways to influence technology...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

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Applications for Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exceptions are now open for eligible clinicians participating in the 2017 transition year, CMS announced. The federal agency issued the announcement in a recent listserv...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

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As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

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ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of...

AHA Issues Updated MACRA Resources Following QPP Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published updated versions of its MACRA Tracker and MACRA issue brief to include changes introduced by the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule released last month. The...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

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In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

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Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other...

MedPAC Recommends CMS Simplify MIPS Reporting Requirements

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A congressional agency recently issued its June report highlighting the need to improve the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) by reducing administrative burden and increasing the...

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

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EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn...

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