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New Oversight Framework to Promote EHR Usability, Innovation

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The Bipartisan Policy Center and Health IT Now have joined forces to establish an oversight framework to encourage health IT innovation and improve EHR usability, interoperability, and safety. “To inform and support the administration and...

CHIME, HIMSS, Premier Tackle Health Data Exchange Framework

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HIMSS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and Premier healthcare alliance have joined the slew of stakeholders to weigh in on the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft. HIMSS submitted...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

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The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid epidemic. These...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Draws Differing Opinions

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As the public comment period for the ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) draft comes to a close, stakeholders are revealing differences in opinion about the framework’s approach to health data exchange. While most...

DirectTrust Seeks Changes to ONC Health Data Exchange Framework

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DirectTrust President and CEO David Kibbe, MD, recently requested ONC include mention of the Direct or push model of health data exchange in the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The request came as part of Kibbe’s...

CMS Modifies E/M EHR Clinical Documentation Requirements

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The American College of Physicians (ACP) recently applauded a CMS decision to change EHR clinical documentation requirements. Teaching physicians can now verify medical student documentation in a patient’s EHR related to evaluation and...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the academy...

ONC Funding to Be Further Reduced in POTUS Proposed 2019 Budget

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ONC will receive $38 million in funding as part of the Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019— $22 million below the amount allotted to the federal agency in the FY 2018 Continuing Resolution, according to the...

AMIA Urges FDA Improve Clinical Decision Support Regulation

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently requested the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) improve transparency and performance standards for clinical decision support systems in submitted comments. AMIA’s...

Senate Confirms Alex Azar Nomination as HHS Secretary

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Alex Azar won the nomination to serve as HHS Secretary under the Trump Administration during a senate session this afternoon. The Trump Administration nominated the former Eli Lilly American Division President and former HHS General Counsel to...

Specialty Practices Anxious Over 2018 Quality Payment Program

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Reducing regulatory burden was one of the primary aims of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, but current requirements still negatively impact patient care and clinical workflows. Despite administrative burden associated with Quality...

eClinicalWorks Now Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Unwanted Ads

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Goodson & Company in Ohio has filed a complaint against eClinicalWorks for allegedly faxing unsolicited advertisement materials about its EHR system product offerings to the law firm. As part of the class action lawsuit, the Cincinnati-based...

CMS to Prioritize Health IT Innovation, Regulatory Relief

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This year CMS will prioritize health IT innovation and regulatory relief for clinical documentation, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Verma discussed the federal agency’s 2018 goals with AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack during...

MGMA Urges CMS Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Information

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The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS release 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information. The association also urged CMS to immediately...

ONC Health Data Exchange Framework Enjoying Support of Industry

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The American Hospital Association (AHA), DirectTrust, and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) have voiced support for ONC’s efforts to improve health data exchange via the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common...

DOJ Recovered $2.4B in Healthcare False Claims Act Cases in 2017

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) recovered approximately $2.4 billion from healthcare False Claims Act cases in 2017, according to an announcement by the federal agency this month. In total, DOJ recovered $3.7 billion in settlements and judgements...

What Eligible Clinicians Should Expect from MIPS in 2018

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After several discussions between policymakers, stakeholders, and clinicians throughout 2017, CMS released the final rule for the second year of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The final...

New Bill to Improve Patient Access to Health Information

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Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) recently introduced a bipartisan bill intended to give medical record clearinghouses the ability to improve patient access to health information as well as makes claims data available for analysis...

3 Upcoming MIPS Deadlines Clinicians Need to Know in 2018

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With the start of the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rapidly approaching, eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) need to keep an eye on several deadlines. The second year of QPP...

OIG Recommends Quality Payment Program Management Changes

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A follow-up investigation of Quality Payment Program (QPP) management by CMS conducted by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) yielded two recommendations to improve program implementation and integrity. OIG first conducted a review of CMS’s...

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