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CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

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Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial...

HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

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In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients...

AMIA Notes Health IT Safety Considerations to FDA in EHR Use

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There are key considerations within EHR use related to health IT safety, AMIA explained in response to FDA’s request for input on health IT benefits and risks associated with the software functions excluded from the 21st Century...

Wilkie Stresses New EHR System Need in VA Secretary Hearing

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Having a new EHR system is the first step to modernizing the VA appointment system, and is an area that will be a top priority, VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie said in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Improving access to care...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according...

Stakeholders Disagree Over How CMS Can Promote Interoperability

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and AHA disagree over whether CMS should modify Conditions of Participation (CoPs) in Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals to promote interoperability improvements. The associations submitted...

VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Go Live at IOC Sites By March 2020

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Care sites within the VA Cerner EHR implementation initial operating capability (IOC) in the Pacific Northwest should be live and fully-functional by March 2020, according to testimony from VA officials at a recent House Committee on...

AMGA Endorses Standardized Quality Measure Set to Simplify Reporting

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors recently endorsed a set of 14 standardized quality measures as part of an effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with reporting requirements. The measure set...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

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UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

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ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the...

Nurses Asked to Falsify Patient Health Records at Kansas Hospital

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Kansas-based Blue Valley Hospital nurses told CMS inspectors that they were asked to falsify patient health records to include medical complications that would justify keeping patients in the hospital longer to earn Medicare...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

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Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

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Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to...

HHS Takes First Step to Spur Health IT Innovation, Investment

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With many physicians and healthcare industry leaders raising complaints about the slow pace of health IT innovation, HHS is looking for new ways to drum up competition, funding, and ideas necessary for accelerated improvements. In a...

HIMSS Suggests CMS Reduce Administrative Burden of eCQM Reporting

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In a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, HIMSS recommended several ways the federal agency can improve electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) development, implementation, and reporting to reduce administrative burden on...

Quality Payment Program Year 1 Participation Exceeds 90%

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Over 90 percent of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent announcement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. CMS...

Senator Cassidy Blames Meaningful Use for High Cost of Care

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Reducing administrative burden associated with federal regulation — particularly the meaningful use program — may help to significantly cut unnecessary healthcare costs, according to a new white paper released by Senator Bill...

Senate Passes VA Mission Act to Improve Health Data Exchange

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The VA Maintaining Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act of 2018 — which includes policies meant to improve health data exchange between VA and the private sector — recently gained congressional...

House Passes Bill on VA Cerner EHR Implementation Oversight

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Congress will potentially have greater oversight of the VA Cerner EHR implementation, as the Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act of 2017 (HR 4245) continues to move through the legislative...

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