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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...

McKesson, Change Healthcare to Form New Health IT Company

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After a series of moves that hinted at McKesson’s exit from the health IT marketplace, its technology division is set to merge with Change Healthcare to form new health IT venture with the former retaining majority control. Last week, Reuters...

AMIA: “Unprecedented Opportunity” with MACRA Implementation

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has voiced its support of MACRA implementation contingent on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) committing to learning from previous quality reporting programs and reducing...

3 Hospitals Sign onto Mercy SaaS for Epic EHR Implementation

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Mercy Technology Services will be helping three more hospitals with their Epic EHR implementations and optimizations through their software as a service (SaaS) model, a press release says. Through the SaaS model, Mercy will assist Riverview Health...

Specialists Concerned with Proposed MACRA Implementation

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The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has expressed concerns over provisions of MACRA implementation that could negatively affect the performance of specialists in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

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Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

How is Interoperability Supporting Patient-Centered Care?

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As the industry shifts to value-based payment models, concepts like patient-centered care are shaping all aspects of healthcare, including health IT interoperability and health information exchange (HIE). Through various initiatives aimed at...

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