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ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

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ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

AHA Issues Updated MACRA Resources Following QPP Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published updated versions of its MACRA Tracker and MACRA issue brief to include changes introduced by the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule released last month. The newly-modified MACRA...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

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In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

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Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles Grassley...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

MedPAC Recommends CMS Simplify MIPS Reporting Requirements

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A congressional agency recently issued its June report highlighting the need to improve the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) by reducing administrative burden and increasing the importance...

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

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EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn payments...

CMS Releases Proposed Quality Payment Program Rule Summary

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CMS recently released an extensive 26-page summary of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule detailing the most significant potential changes providers can expect should the rule go into effect.   QPP was designed primarily to improve...

EHR Adoption Driving Need to Update Human Research Rules

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD requesting the implementation of the updated Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to keep pace with rapid...

Most Physicians Doubt Preparedness for MACRA Requirements

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A recent survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found over 75 percent of physicians feel unprepared to meet MACRA requirements in 2017. Published at the Eighth Annual Alternative Payment Model (APM) and Accountable Care Organization...

GAO Suggests VA Improve Data, Clinical Efficiency Monitoring

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published recommendations advising the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve data and monitoring of clinical efficiency. The federal agency also stated VA should strengthen oversight...

AHA, HIMSS Discuss CMS Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and HIMSS have voiced their support for the CMS 2018 proposed rule simplifying the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians and eligible clinicians. The two tracks of QPP—the Merit-Based Incentive...

CMS Rule Simplifies Quality Payment Program Requirements

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CMS yesterday issued an unpublished version of a proposed rule modifying the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), as required by MACRA, in an effort to simplify the program. Simplifying QPP will benefit small, independent, and rural...

AAFP Requests Simplified Quality Payment Program Requirements

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting the federal organization simplify the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This feedback was included as part of the academy’s response to a CMS 2018...

Informatics Take Over at the Office of the National Coordinator

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A new post by Don Rucker, MD offers healthcare professionals insight into the healthcare and informatics experiences of the newest National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In an article on ONC’s blog, Rucker weighs in on...

AHA Calls for Stage 3 Meaningful Use Cancellation and More

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently submitted a letter to CMS requesting reduced administrative complexity as a way to save healthcare providers billions in annual costs, including the cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use. AHA...

AMIA Supports Less Aggressive CMS 2015 CEHRT Timeline

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments supporting a CMS proposed rule that impacts hospital implementations of certified EHR technology.* Editor's note: Portions of this article have been updated...

Could Automation Solve the Healthcare Industry’s EHR Problem?

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As healthcare professionals attempt to navigate an increasingly data-driven, high-tech industry, some providers and patients remain skeptical that increased reliance on EHR systems is the right move. EHRs have their advantages: several studies...

Coalition Seeks Changes to ONC Role in Interoperability

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A coalition of organizations representing patients, payers, providers, and health IT developers is calling on HHS to review and limit the regulatory powers of ONC pursuant to provisions of MACRA and the 21st Century Cures Act. In a recent letter...

CMS Details Quality Payment Program Technical Assistance

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CMS recently issued a guide of technical assistance resources clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can use to navigate one of its two pathways successfully. The list of free resources gives clinicians participating in...

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