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ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

Slavitt Addresses How MACRA Implementation Supports Medicare


In an address to the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt commented on MACRA implementation, describing how the agency will use it to “keep the promise of Medicare.” In describing the formation of the Quality...

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation


The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 13. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use


In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to advancing...

Interoperability Implications of 21st Century Cures Bill


After a year and half of political discussion, Congress is preparing to vote on and likely in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, a bill with bipartisan support that has serious implications for healthcare interoperability.* *Editor's note: The...

CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule


Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly finalized...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use


The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed...



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