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CMS Offers Stage 3 Meaningful Use Flexibilities in Final Rule


Earlier this month, CMS issued the final rule for the 2017 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), which added flexibility to EHR Incentive Program requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals. CMS reportedly finalized...

Revised 21st Century Cures Act Targets Effective EHR Use


The Friday following Thanksgiving, Republican members of Congress put forward an amended version of the 21st Century Cures Act, which contains several provisions regarding EHR use and adoption.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed...

Key Takeaways to Support a Successful MACRA Implementation


The Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation contains several nuances that will be useful for eligible clinicians to understand for successful participation in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced...

AHA Urges Congress to Enact Meaningful Use Flexibility Law


The American Hospital Association is throwing its weight behind the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act, which would reduce reporting requirements and allow greater flexibility for eligible clinicians and hospitals in meaningful use....

OIG to Continue EHR Incentive Program Payment Audits in 2017


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) will continue to monitor and regulate payments issued through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2017, according to the agency’s recently published Work Plan. Spending nearly $30 million...

ONC EHR Oversight Rule Needs Better Testing Process, Pew Says


Despite intentions to improve patient safety through better EHR oversight and testing, the recent ONC Health IT Certification Program still contains gaps for adverse patient safety events, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. In a recent analysis,...

How’s CMS Helping Eligible Clinicians Prepare for MIPS?


CMS has funneled millions of dollars into providing clinician support during the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to the CMS Director of Quality Measurements and Value-Based Incentives Group Kate Goodrich,...

Changes to Industry to Impact Role of Healthcare CIOs


The role of the CIO is expanding and the role of healthcare CIO is no exception, according to a recent Harvey Nash and KPMG survey. “Organisations are seeing the role of the CIO change from the ‘purveyor of technology’ to the...

Virginia Overpays $38,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentives


The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has paid nearly $38,000 in overpayments for the state Medicaid EHR Incentive Program between 2012 and 2013, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows...

CMS Finalizes Changes to Hospital Meaningful Use Requirements


CMS has finalized the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule and with it meaningful use requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the coming years, the federal agency announced. The final rule makes changes...

HIMSS: Health IT Standards Guidance Lacking in Many Areas


Leaders of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) recently put pen to paper to recommend a multitude of changes to the Draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). In a letter to the Office of the National...

NY Pays $175,000 in Incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment


The New York State Department of Health made incorrect Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments totaling $175,000, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The OIG report shows that the state agency issued $588,899,058 in Medicaid...

How Clinicians Can Avoid MIPS Negative Payment Adjustments


Earlier this month, the Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) issued the final rule for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under the Quality Payment Program. The final rule allows for numerous paths for eligible clinicians to participate...

ONC Health IT Certification Rule to Hold Vendors Accountable


The ONC Health IT Certification Rule makes great strides toward continuing to reward quality healthcare technology while holding accountable that which falls short, according to leaders from two prominent industry groups. One was DirectTrust...

AMA Praises Transparency in Certified Health IT Final Rule


The American Medical Association has praised the ONC Health IT Certification final rule for its emphasis on technology oversight, testing, and transparency, according to a statement from the group. The final rule, which was released late last...

ONC to Directly Review Certified EHR Technology, Health IT


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized a rule updating the Health IT Certification Program to authorize the federal agency to conduct direct reviews of certified health IT. "More...

MACRA’s Quality Payment Program to Support Health IT Progress


The head of ONC is targeting MACRA implementation of the Quality Payment Program as the driving forces behind improving health IT and seamless data flow. In a speech delivered late last week to the Association of Health Care Journalists, National...

Final Health IT Certification Rule Supports HIT Transparency


The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued the final rule for the Health IT Certification Program with the purpose of improving the reliability, transparency, accountability, and safety of certified...

HHS Releases Finalized Quality Payment Program, MACRA Rule


The Department of Health and Human Services has officially released the final rule for the Quality Payment Program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), according to a press release. The Quality Payment Program, which...

Are the Proposed MACRA Rule, Implementation Plans Flawed?


The provisions in the looming MACRA rule may cause more problems than they are  worth, says Niam Yaraghi, fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation, in an op-ed published on the Health Affairs blog. “While...



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