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AMA Leads Call for Addressing EHR Quality Reporting Programs

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The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR...

Health Data Exchange Vital to Quality Care at Lower Cost

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Health information technology, particularly capabilities tied to health data exchange, has an important role to play in the federal government’s push to improve the cost and quality American healthcare. Recently, the National...

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking

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Despite widespread disapproval and Congressional scrutiny, information blocking remains a problem for health information exchanges working to connect providers and their EHR systems. Drawing data from a national survey of 60 HIE leaders,...

Former Rep. Fleming Named to HHS Health Technology Post

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A former Louisiana congressman has accepted a position within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that could impact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to NOLA.com,...

MGMA Requests Immediate Provider Notifications for MIPS 2017

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Providers participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are voicing concern over continued delays regarding notifications meant to offer guidance on how eligible clinicians can comply with the program’s...

Coalition Questions Authority of ONC Health IT Oversight

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The coalition comprising patient groups, provider organizations, and payers has called on the Department of Health & Human Services and Congress to clarify the role of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information...

CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

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CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and...

AHA Advises MedPAC on Implementing MACRA, MIPS, APM Policies

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has submitted a list of policy proposals to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding implementing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs)...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay

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Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of...

AAFP Calls on HHS to Ease Physician Struggles with Health IT

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With the new administration comfortably in place, several organizations have called on Tom Price, MD, and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to address aspects of health IT infrastructure negatively effecting the...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

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The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards...

Shulkin Unanimously Confirmed as VA Secretary in Monday Vote

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David Shulkin, MD, will remain in the top post at the Department of Veterans Affairs following a confirmation vote by the Senate late Monday evening. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee (100-0)...

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

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The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services.  In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

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A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads...

E-Prescribing to Benefit from Electronic Transactions Changes

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  That is the focus of new reform principles developed by the American Medical Association in partnership with other medical academies to reduce the cost and inefficiencies of prior authorizations. As AMA and other associations...

Healthcare Organizations Call for Value-based Care Policy

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Leading healthcare organizations from the public and private sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to maintain federal support for value-based care and MACRA implementation. Among some...

AMGA Pushes Congress Toward Accelerating Value-Based Care

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has written House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to ensure that the transition to value-based care remains a focal point for the 115th Congress and that medical groups have the assistance they need...

AMIA Seeks Improvements to PCORI Data Access, Exchange Policy

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In response to a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) request on its Data Access and Data Sharing Policy, the American Medical Informatics Association voiced general support for the guidelines while seeking four changes to...

Report Highlights Patient Role in Health Data Exchange

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A recent Century Foundation report funded by an Open Society Foundations grant identifies several policy recommendations that emphasize the critical role of patients in health data exchange and information sharing. In the report, author...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to ease health data exchange of certain behavioral health information and touches on the health IT implications for sharing these records electronically. Dubbed the...

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