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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...

CMS Announces Updates to Clinical Quality Measures


CMS has recently updated the 2016 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and healthcare professionals for the 2017 reporting period. Many of the eligible hospitals and professionals will be able to use the new eCQMs...

ONC Issues RFI on Defining Interoperability Under MACRA


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a request for information (RFI) aimed at reconciling interoperability definitions with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The RFI,...

HELP Committee to Meet to Mark Up Final Interoperability Bills


The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will meet April 6 to discuss bipartisan legislation advancing health IT interoperability to support the 21st Century Cures Act. On the docket for the meeting will be five bipartisan...

Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Varies by State


One prong of the Triple Aim targets improving the health of populations, part of the impetus behind public health reporting requirements under the EHR Incentive Programs. However, meaningful use hospital data compiled and published by the Office...

AHRQ Announces Health IT Research Funding Opportunities


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will be sponsoring research projects geared toward bettering health information technology, according to a public statement. Specifically, the agency seeks to support research for improving...

Ensuring Physician EHR Use Doesn’t Lead to Physician Burnout


With the entire healthcare industry undergoing tremendous amounts of change — from how care is coordinated and delivered to how providers are reimbursed for that care — there are likely to be side effects. One the head of the American...

AHA Calls for 70% Threshold for Meaningful Use Requirements


The American Hospital Association (AHA) wants meaningful use to be a more flexible program, allowing hospitals and providers who have met 70 percent of requirements to be categorized as meaningful users. In a letter addressed to CMS’s...

NQF Comments on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System Measures


The partnership formed by the National Quality Forum has recommended changes to quality measures to be used in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System which will in turn have consequences for eligible providers and meaningful use requirements....

HIMSS Calls for Minor Changes to ONC Interoperability Advisory


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory is a generally commendable document in need of minor clarifications, according to the Healthcare Information Management Systems...

Congressional Hearing to Investigate Health IT Progress


The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to discuss the barriers and opportunities in health IT innovation. This a joint hearing with the Subcommittee on Information Technology and the Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits,...

Group Seeks 90-day Meaningful Use Reporting Period in 2016


A coalition of healthcare industry groups which includes the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to change meaningful use requirements to shorten the...

Return of Annual Updates to ICD-10 Code Set Begin Oct. 1


At a recent meeting of the ICD-10 Coordination & Maintenance Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled plans for implementing the first updates to the ICD-10 code set. Last week's meeting was the first since...

One Week Left for Meaningful Use Attestation, CMS Says


The meaningful use attestation deadline is fast approaching. By Friday, March 11, all eligible providers, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must have attested to meaningful use via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS)...

States Cash Out in Meaningful Use Fund Matching Program


More states will be eligible for federal cost matching for connecting meaningful use providers to other providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced earlier this week. In a letter addressed to all state Medicaid directors,...

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Deadline


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has pushed back the deadline to file for a hardship exception for the EHR Incentive Programs to July 1, 2016 for both eligible professionals and eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals....

CMS Issues 3 FAQs on Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has answered three new frequently asked questions regarding public health reporting for the EHR Incentive Programs. The meaningful use attestation deadline for the 2015 EHR reporting period...



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