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Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program

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In these early days of the first performance year for the Quality Payment Program, healthcare professionals will need to develop a plan that leverages strong health IT use and health information exchange in order to avoid negative payment adjustments....

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

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In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments advocating...

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

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The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

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CMS has issued meaningful use attestation worksheets to help eligible professionals and eligible providers prepare for reporting, set to begin on January 3 and last through February 28, 2017. For all participants, the reporting period for modified...

DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use

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EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to President-elect Donald...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

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Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines

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Epic EHR and other competing EHR technology once again dominated the health IT headlines this year, alongside major policy moves such as the MACRA implementation final rule and Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation. This year, policymakers unveiled...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

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CMS explains how the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Final Rule, which the federal agency estimates will increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent, will...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued public comments calling for better alignment of meaningful use measures in the EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation....

Lack of Healthcare Interoperability to Hinder Goals of MIPS?

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In a recent comment letter on the final rule for the Quality Payment Program, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) contends that a lack of healthcare interoperability will pose significant challenges for participants...

Governors Unveil 5-Point Plan to Boost Health Data Exchange

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Earlier this month, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) provided new guidance for addressing and removing obstacles to health data exchange at the state level. Legal obstructions, such as restrictive laws and fear of liability, and...

Industry Leaders Offer Closing Comments on MACRA Final Rule

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As reporting for the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA final rule closely approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders are submitting their final comments. Earlier this week, AMGA and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) submitted...

ACO Health IT, EHR Use May Point to Needed Policy Changes

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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) tend to have stronger health IT and EHR use than non-ACOs, suggesting that the incentives in those care models foster higher quality care than others, says a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

CMS Reviews 2016 Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements

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CMS is reminding eligible providers about the 2016 requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, including added flexibilities. In a public statement, the agency reviewed changes for secure electronic messaging reporting requirements. For this...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law

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Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval

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On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

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An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified Stage...

Fate of 21st Century Cures Act Depends on Federal Leadership

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As the Senate is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act in the coming days, industry leaders continue to issue comment on the law. After the Senate invoked cloture on the law and the House passed it in an overwhelming 392 to 26 vote last week,...

Doubts Raised about 21st Century Cures Act Interoperability

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The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act by the Senate early this week appears to be a done deal, but many of its provisions represent causes for concern for the head of one organization focused on supporting healthcare interoperability and...

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