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DirectTrust Hopeful for Impending ONC EHR Certification Rule

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EHR oversight and certification may be best left in the hands of ONC, according to DirectTrust. According to the DirectTrust President & CEO, David Kibbe, MD, MBA, the EHR industry’s self-oversight may not be enough to ensure technology...

FTC Finalizes Order to EHR Vendor in Consumer Deception Case

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its final order against EHR vendor Practice Fusion following allegations that the EHR cloud-based company had misled consumers about physician reviews and their publication in an online physician...

3 Steps for Ensuring Provider Success under MACRA

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is about to revolutionize reimbursement for providers of Medicare Part B services. MACRA, which replaces the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), links the majority of fee-for-service...

DeSalvo to Leave Post as National Coordinator

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Karen DeSalvo, MD, will be leaving her post as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to a recent announcement from HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. DeSalvo has left behind a legacy of advanced health IT interoperability...

Arizona Overpays $14M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that Arizona may have made significant overpayments for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program totaling to $14,830,859. According to the report, Arizona has been making both over payments...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

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The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs....

78% of Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period

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Plenty of work remains to be done before hospitals are comfortable submitting electronic clinical quality measures as a part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, according to a recent Joint Commission survey. The survey, conducted...

Tracking MACRA’s Progress toward Industrywide Implementation

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Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its draft implementation for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) at the end of April, there has been a flurry of industry opinions, rule clarifications, and potential...

Cerner Makes Key Revenue Cycle Management Hire

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The Kansas City-based health IT company has named Jeff Hurst of Adventist Health System to serve as Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management and President of Cerner RevWorks, the company announced. Currently Florida Hospital's Senior...

Physician Readiness for MACRA Implementation Found Wanting

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A significant stumbling block to MACRA implementation in 2017 is physician awareness of its provisions and requirements, according to a 2016 Deloitte physician survey. Half of physicians with a high share of Medicare beneficiaries reported no...

Why Optimism Is Building for National Patient Identifier

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A report from the House Committee on Appropriations contains language on the use of national patient identifiers indicating the possibility that future legislation could remove the prohibition against the federal government funding...

Slavitt: CMS Already Mulling Changes to MACRA Start Date

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During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was asked about the possibility for delaying the start of MACRA implementation and acknowledged that...

Senators Seek Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Periods

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Led by Senator John Thune (R-SD), a group of GOP senators — including Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act to reduce reporting periods not only for the EHR Incentive Programs but...

CMS Proposes 90-Day Reporting Period for 2016 Meaningful Use

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Hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible providers will only need to attest to meaningful use for a 90-day period in 2016, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This 90-day reporting...

ONC Addresses MACRA Health Data Interoperability, HIE Measures

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After a slew of industry feedback, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has made adjustments for how it will measure interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) under MACRA. In an ONC blog...

House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

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Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most unsurprising) is...

AAFP: Complex MACRA Implementation Rule Requires “Step Back”

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In line with other industry stakeholders, the American Academy of Family Physicians is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exercise caution in moving forward with MACRA implementation too quickly. "While...

MACRA Must Do More to Promote Health Data Interoperability

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MACRA requires more provisions to facilitate health data interoperability and the secure exchange of health information, says the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). In a comments letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

NCQA: Quality Reporting a Problem for MACRA Implementation

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National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider changes to the quality reporting performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) among other...

Is the Timeline for MACRA Implementation Too Aggressive?

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The proposed rule for MACRA implementation requires eligible clinicians to begin their first performance year in 2017 which has drawn criticism from several leading industry groups. In separate letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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