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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...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among...

359K Providers to Participate Alternative Payment Models in 2017

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More than 359,000 clinicians are set to take part in one of four of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) as part of the Quality Payment Program, the federal agency announced midweek. Beyond APMs, the Quality Payment Program also includes the...

Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

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The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but...

Making Patient-Generated Health Data Work for Providers

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released for public comment a new draft white paper developed by Accenture Federal Services focused on the opportunities and challenges of realizing the...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

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A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare...

Health IT Standards, Interoperability to Gain Traction in 2017

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Among five health IT trends to watch for in 2017, DirectTrust CEO & President David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA anticipates progress in health IT interoperability and added attention being paid to emergent health technologies such as health IT...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed meaningful use payment adjustment on eligible professionals not meeting the yearly requirements set for the EHR Incentive Programs. According CMS, 171,000 EPs...

CMS Health Data Exchange Goals for Quality Payment Program

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A new year begins with the kickoff of the Quality Payment Program and with it a commitment by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve six strategic objectives, one of which focuses on its own health data exchange...

Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program

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In these early days of the first performance year for the Quality Payment Program, healthcare professionals will need to develop a plan that leverages strong health IT use and health information exchange in order to avoid negative payment...

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

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In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments...

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

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The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative...

CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

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CMS has issued meaningful use attestation worksheets to help eligible professionals and eligible providers prepare for reporting, set to begin on January 3 and last through February 28, 2017. For all participants, the reporting period for...

DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use

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EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

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Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

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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...

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines

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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...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017

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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,...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017

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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...

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