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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

The Congressional Case for Rebooting Meaningful Use Program


The answer to that question is a resounding yes from a contingent of Republican senators still looking to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by revising meaningful use requirements. Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY),...

CMS Offers 3 Listening Sessions on MACRA Proposed Rules


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MACRA implementation, according to an official CMS news update....

Understanding MIPS Eligibility under Proposed MACRA Rule


As the dust settles following the dropping of the proposed rule for MACRA implementation, aspects of the rulemaking requiring particular attention for physician emerges are becoming clear. One such aspect is eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive...

More Industry Groups Voice Opinions on Proposed MACRA Rules


Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation that would end meaningful use, realign clinical quality reporting, and transform how Medicare physicians are paid...

Industry Groups Share Views on Proposed MACRA Implementation


In light of the recent notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), several healthcare industry groups have come forward to voice their opinions on ending meaningful use, reducing clinical...

MIPS Requirements for Physicians Under Proposed MACRA Rule


The proposed rule for MACRA implementation brings with a whole new methodology for promoting appropriate health IT use and quality reporting as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In yesterday's announcement of the notice...

Proposed MACRA Rule to End Meaningful Use for Physicians


In issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has signaled the end of meaningful use for Medicare physicians. The program is still under review for hospitals. “We’re...

DirectTrust Expresses Support for New Meaningful Use Bill


According to an official press release, DirectTrust has added its organization to the list of healthcare industry groups supporting a new bill that would give healthcare providers more flexibility with meaningful use reporting.* NB. The recently...

CMS Requests Feedback on New eCQMs for Inpatient Hospitals


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requesting feedback from hospital stakeholders and healthcare organizations on new electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) regarding the use of antipsychotics by older adults in inpatient...

Meaningful Use Reporting Bill Draws Support of Industry


Two industry groups have come out in support of a new bill proposing a 90-day meaningful use reporting period for eligible providers in 2016.* NB. The recently issued propose rule for MACRA implementation will end meaningful use for physicians...

CMS Updates Schematrons for Hospital Quality Reporting for CQMS


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated the Hospital Quality Reporting schematrons for the 2016 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Implementation Guide for Eligible Professional Programs and Hospital Quality...

Tips for Successful Meaningful Use Attestation in 2016


In an effort to help eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals successfully participate in the EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a tip sheet to help them attest...

REC Impact on Successful Meaningful Use Attestations


Regional extension centers (RECs) played a significant role in boosting meaningful use success, according to a recent report from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to the report, 68 percent...



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