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ONC Needs to Expand Scope of MACRA Interoperability Measures

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) answered the ONC’s request for information on interoperability measures and definitions under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act, saying that the agency must explore more standards by which...

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

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The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

Unintended Consequences of MACRA Requirements for Doctors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) raised concerns about the unintended consequences of  MACRA implementation for physicians hoping to receive bonuses and at the very least avoid negative payment adjustments under the Merit-based Incentive...

EHR Optimization a Focus of Upcoming ICD-10 Updates

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Many healthcare providers, whether reluctantly or not, have already implemented ICD-10 coding procedures and continued to provide care with the system in place. However, like many aspects of the industry, providers will need to prepare for upcoming...

VA Achieves Interoperability through Joint Legacy Viewer

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has officially reached its interoperability requirements through implementation of its Joint Legacy Viewer (JLV) EHR. In an article published on FedTech Magazine’s website, VA’s chief information...

AHA Backs Thune Legislation to Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) voiced its support of draft legislation aiming to remove change several aspects of meaningful use in 2016 and beyond. Specifically, AHA supports the removal of the pass/fail scoring system used...

Will MACRA Implementation Unfairly Affect Small Practices?

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The final rule for MACRA implementation — and with its provisions for both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — is many months away, but concerns about its impact on the healthcare...

Clinical Trial Success Relies on Health Data Interoperability

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Health data interoperability may be the key to enhancing clinical trials, says the Food and Drug Administration. In its recent draft guide Use of Electronic Health Record Data in Clinical Investigations, the FDA discussed the potential EHR data...

Cerner Embroiled in Lawsuits over Employee Wage Disputes

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Cerner Corporation, a leading EHR vendor, has allegedly neglected to pay employees for overtime hours, according to a KCUR 89.3 report. A Cerner employee has recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the healthcare technology company in Kansas...

Task Force Says Federal API Requirements Need Standardization

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The API Task Force Committee, a subset under the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has released a set of guidelines calling for better coordination for the protocol of application programming interface (API)...

AHA Seeks 4 Changes to MIPS as Part of MACRA Implementation

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Among the many recommendations the American Hospital Association has made regarding MACRA implementation, it is especially seeking four broad changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with hospital-based physicians in mind. In...

Two MO Healthcare Providers Tap Cerner for EHR Implementation

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Cerner has added two more healthcare systems to its list of customers. SoutheastHEALTH and Missouri Delta Medical Center, two Missouri-based healthcare organizations, have selected Cerner’s Millennium system for EHR implementation, according...

Is MACRA the “Burning Platform for Progress” in Healthcare?

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According to the Acting Administrator of CMS, MACRA is the vehicle for realizing progress in care delivery by aligning the quality goals of both federal regulators and individual physicians. "When we put our minds to it, I have seen how...

EHR, Management Systems Facilitated Transition to ICD-10

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While the majority of healthcare stakeholders have fully transitioned to ICD-10, many providers and vendors are crediting the smooth changeover to their EHRs and practice management systems. According to the WEDI ICD-10 Post-Implementation Survey,...

Slavitt: MACRA Implementation to Be Collaborative, Iterative

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While CMS intends for MACRA implementation to serve as a continuation of its efforts to shift from volume to value, the federal agency recognizes the need for both collaboration and iteration to ensure that its deployment achieves its goals of...

GAO Appoints 3 New Members to Health IT Policy Committee

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The Government Accountability Office has named three new members of the Health IT Policy Committee to represent payers, patients and consumers, and employers, the federal agency announced Thursday. “It’s important to have the input...

Comparing Advancing Care Information to Meaningful Use

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As the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) draws the curtains on meaningful use, healthcare providers are wondering how the proposed Advancing Care Information program would replace EHR Incentive Programs in 2017. In a recent fact...

FDA Medical Device Interoperability Draft Needs Clarification

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The FDA needs to provide more clarity on medical device interoperability, say the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in a recent public comments letter. According to the letter,...

CMS Releases Guide on Developing Clinical Quality Measures

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The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the Quality Measure Development Plan, a framework for establishing clinical quality measures and reporting programs that support new value-based reimbursement...

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