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DirectTrust Expresses Support for New Meaningful Use Bill

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According to an official press release, DirectTrust has added its organization to the list of healthcare industry groups supporting a new bill that would give healthcare providers more flexibility with meaningful use reporting.* NB. The recently...

CMS Requests Feedback on New eCQMs for Inpatient Hospitals

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting feedback from hospital stakeholders and healthcare organizations on new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) regarding the use of antipsychotics by older adults in inpatient...

Meaningful Use Reporting Bill Draws Support of Industry

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Two industry groups have come out in support of a new bill proposing a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for eligible providers in 2016.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for physicians...

CMS Updates Schematrons for Hospital Quality Reporting for CQMS

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Hospital Quality Reporting schematrons for the 2016 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Eligible Professional Programs and Hospital Quality...

Tips for Successful Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016

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In an effort to help eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals successfully participate in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tip sheet to help them attest...

REC Impact on Successful Meaningful Use Attestations

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Regional extension centers (RECs) played a significant role in boosting meaningful use success, according to a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to the report, 68 percent...

CMS Announces Updates to Clinical Quality Measures

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CMS has recently updated the 2016 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals for the 2017 reporting period. Many of the eligible hospitals and professionals will be able to use the new eCQMs...

Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Varies by State

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One prong of the Triple Aim targets improving the health of populations, part of the impetus behind public health reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. However, meaningful use hospital data compiled and published by the Office...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for improving...

Ensuring Physician EHR Use Doesn’t Lead to Physician Burnout

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With the entire healthcare industry undergoing tremendous amounts of change — from how care is coordinated and delivered to how providers are reimbursed for that care — there are likely to be side effects. One the head of the American...

AHA Calls for 70% Threshold for Meaningful Use Requirements

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants meaningful use to be a more flexible program, allowing hospitals and providers who have met 70 percent of requirements to be categorized as meaningful users. In a letter addressed to CMS’s...

NQF Comments on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Measures

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The partnership formed by the National Quality Forum has recommended changes to quality measures to be used in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System which will in turn have consequences for eligible providers and meaningful use requirements....

Congressional Hearing to Investigate Health IT Progress

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to discuss the barriers and opportunities in health IT innovation. This a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits,...

Group Seeks 90-day Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2016

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A coalition of healthcare industry groups which includes the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to change meaningful use requirements to shorten the...

Return of Annual Updates to ICD-10 Code Set Begin Oct. 1

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At a recent meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination & Maintenance Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled plans for implementing the first updates to the ICD-10 code set. Last week's meeting was the first since...

One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says

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The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)...

States Cash Out in Meaningful Use Fund Matching Program

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More states will be eligible for federal cost matching for connecting meaningful use providers to other providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced earlier this week. In a letter addressed to all state Medicaid directors,...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals....

CMS Issues 3 FAQs on Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has answered three new frequently asked questions regarding public health reporting for the EHR Incentive Programs. The meaningful use attestation deadline for the 2015 EHR reporting period...

CMS Answers FAQ on EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exceptions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released another frequently asked question regarding hardship exception submittal in the EHR Incentive Programs. The agency explains that providers may submit a hardship exception and...

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