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CMS, ONC Expand Explanation of Upcoming Meaningful Use Plans


Following up from last week’s EHR meaningful use announcement at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, Andy Slavitt of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT, have...

CMS, ONC to Hold eCQI Resource Center Overview


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will be holding a webinar to review the eCQI Resource Center on January 27, 2016, at 3 p.m. Eastern time. This webinar will...

Industry Experts Back EHR Meaningful Use Overhaul


Over the course of the past week, several healthcare industry experts have expressed support for ending the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use programs, stating that the program may have run its course. For...

Meaningful Use Overhaul Welcomed Change for Hospitals


In response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid’s recent announcement regarding upcoming changes to the EHR meaningful use programs, 31 healthcare organizations signed a letter reminding Department of Health & Human Services’...

Top Performing EHR Vendors in Meaningful Use Attestation


Since April 2011 and November, eligible professionals and hospitals have completed 722,675 meaningful use attestations using a variety of certified EHR technology across two stages of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. (As a comparison, the...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Steps Down as President and CEO


Devin Jopp, Ed.D, president and CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, has announced that he will be stepping down after his four years as president and CEO of the organization, according to a WEDI public statement. Throughout...

CHIME Supports for Potential EHR Meaningful Use Changes


As discussions of significant changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR meaningful use program begin to build momentum, the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) has released a statement saying...

CMS Wants Meaningful Use to Put Providers Back in Charge


Meaningful use will cease to exist as it used be, according to the acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for...

AMA Invests $15M in New Healthcare IT Startup Health2047


There will be a new player in the Silicon Valley startup community, as the American Medical Association (AMA) becomes a partner in Health2047, a new company that will work with the organization to improve healthcare outcomes and physician workflows....

AMA Tabs Stage 3 Meaningful Use a Top 2016 Health IT Concern


Among the top healthcare IT concerns for the upcoming year is Stage 3 meaningful use, according to the American Medical Association (AMA). Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its schedule and requirements...

Have the EHR Incentive Programs Reached a Stagnation Point?


Nearly two months have passed since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided the Health IT Policy Committee with an update on the EHR Incentive Programs and plenty has changed in the interim. The next meeting of the latter...

Meaningful Use, ICD-10, Epic, Cerner Lead Top 2015 Headlines


When looking back on our most-viewed stories from this year, we noticed three major themes: meaningful use, ICD-10, and vendor news. Between the publication of the Meaningful Use Modifications Rule, the October ICD-10 go-live, and countless vendor...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law


Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. S. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain rehabilitation technologies,...

CMS Releases Batch Options for Meaningful Use Reporting


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its meaningful use batch upload page for the 2015 program year, according to a public announcement. In 2014, CMS began its batch uploading policy, which states that groups may...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Bill Advances in Congress


Congress has passed a bill that may make the EHR Incentive Programs attestation a little easier this year. On Friday, both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed S.2425, which would amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security...

Recapping Recommended Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements


The American Health Association (AHA) is the latest industry group to share its recommendations for changes to meaningful use requirements following the publishing of modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and requirements for upcoming Stage...

AMA, HIMSS Submit Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use


Two more industry groups have commented on Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, but one is in support while the other is in opposition. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), Stage 3 needs a major overhaul to help improve physician...

CPeH Supports Scheduled Roll-out of Stage 3 Meaningful Use


In the wake of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services EHR Incentive Programs final rule, the Consumer Partnership for eHealth has become one of the very few healthcare industry stakeholders supporting the roll-out schedule for Stage...

CHIME Seeks 5 Changes to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements


The comment period for the Stage 3 Meaningful Use final rule comes to a close tonight, but the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has already identified five changes to meaningful use requirements in Stage 3. Failing...

Meaningful Use, ACOs Raise Health IT Integration Needs


Federal initiatives such as meaningful use and accountable care organizations (ACOs) are shaping healthcare professionals’ needs when it comes to health IT use. According to a recent study by IDC InfoBrief, healthcare organizations have...



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