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Summarizing New Streamlined Clinical Quality Measures at CMS

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Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that, along with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and key industry stakeholders, it has streamlined clinical quality measures (CQM) reporting for...

CMS Meaningful Use Attestation System Down Feb. 21 for Repairs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be shutting down its online EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System on Sunday, February 21 from 6:00 AM to 10 AM Eastern time in order to correct a system error. The...

Top EHR Vendors by Eligible Professional, Hospital EHR Use

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Recent complaints about the EHR Incentive Programs have centered on meaningful use data and how it might inform EHR use moving forward. While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may not be able to appease all inquirers, data...

CMS Streamlines Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Guidelines

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in partnership with several industry stakeholders and provider groups, have developed a set of streamlined and simplified clinical quality measures reporting requirements. According to a...

CMS Posts Meaningful Use FAQs for Eligible Hospitals

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published two frequently asked questions regarding the EHR Incentive Programs. First, CMS explained the conditions under which a meaningful use eligible professional (EP) that is...

Recapping EHR Meaningful Use Program Modifications Since 2014

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, the source of frustration for many healthcare providers, has undergone several modifications since it began in 2011. From its flexibility modifications regarding...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline to March 11

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its meaningful use attestation deadline for the EHR meaningful use programs. Originally slated for the end of February, the meaningful use deadline has now been extended until...

CommonWell Adds 5 New Members to Interoperability Consortium

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eClinicalWorks and Modernizing Medicine top the list of five new members of the CommonWell Health Alliance, the vendor-led interoperability initiative spearheaded by Allscripts, athenahealth, and Cerner Corporation. The other health IT companies...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Broadband Hardship Exceptions

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released clarifying information regarding hardship exceptions for meaningful use participants with limited broadband in their regions. In October 2015, CMS released a rule stating that...

AHA Seeks Changes to EHR Certification, Quality Reporting

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The future of EHR certification and electronic clinical quality measures have much to gain the experiences of hospitals with EHR use and quality reporting over the past several years. That is the message from the American Hospital Association...

80% of REC Primary Care Providers Succeeded at Meaningful Use

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Nearly 80 percent of all regional extension center (REC) primary care providers have attested to meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs as of the beginning of this year, according to data from the Office of the National Coordination for...

ONC Releases Facts Sheets Connecting HIPAA, Interoperability

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A collaboration between the Offices of Civil Rights and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has produced two fact sheets for covered entities to observe as advancements in interoperability are made. In a post on blog HealthITBuzz,...

AMIA Seeks Overhaul of Clinical Quality Measure Guide

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Electronic clinical quality measures need to be doable, useable, and beneficial to the patient experience, according to the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’...

Provider Burnout Increasing Due to Meaningful Use Burdens

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An overwhelming majority of physicians have experienced some sort of provider burnout, in large part due to increasing provider burdens such as meaningful use.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful...

CMS Adds to Guidance on Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

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A new response from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to a frequently asked question aims to help eligible providers apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid 2017 payment adjustments. In late December, President...

CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and Requirements...

Has CMS Failed to Demonstrate Value of Meaningful Use?

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For all the complaints about the EHR Incentive Programs and meaningful use requirements, one raised at a recent town hall meeting on the subject of meaningful use is especially important to determining the future of the program — what is...

CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Attestation for Medicaid EPs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made a meaningful use alternate attestation method available for certain Medicaid eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. In a recent CMS email, the...

Will Senate Bill Help to End the EHR Incentive Programs?

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The Senate Health Committee’s recent draft legislation may contribute to the end of the EHR Incentive Programs, says John D. Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In the midst of industry confusion surrounding the fate...

Clarifying New Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new guidance for eligible providers seeking a meaningful use hardship exception following the enactment of the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA) last month. The...

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