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CMS to Inform Clinicians of MIPS Participation Status in May

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All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced. The federal agency is in the process...

CMS Now Accepting CAHPS for MIPS Survey Vendor Applications

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CMS is accepting Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) survey vendor applications through the end of April. As part of the Quality Payment Program, the CAHPS for MIPS survey...

CMS Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance

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CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities,...

New CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Hospital EHR Data Reporting

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A couple provisions in a new Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program rule proposal outline modifications to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting requirements and validation processes. In a public document in the Federal...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology

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HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

Renewed Call for HHS Support to National Patient Identifier

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A group of 25 healthcare organizations representing providers, payers, and health IT companies have written members of the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations to remove a nearly twenty-year-old provision preventing HHS from adopting...

New Policy Should Accomodate Physician EHR Documentation Demands

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A recent study of physician EHR documentation activities under fee-for-service reimbursement shows that physicians spent less time with patients than anticipated by federal incentive payment programs. Tai-Seale et al. analyzed EHR data and found...

AMIA Details Value-Based Care Health IT Infrastructure Needs

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has made 17 policy recommendations for promoting the development and adoption of health IT infrastructure capable of supporting the transition to value-based care in a new paper. The recommendations...

Alpha II Registry Approved as 2017 MIPS Qualified Registry

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CMS recently granted the Alpha II Registry approval to serve as a qualified registry for reporting Merit-based Incentive Payment System data as part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2017. The Florida-based healthcare software and software-related...

CMS Announces MIPS Registration Period for Group Reporting

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CMS recently announced that groups planning to use its Group Web Interface or administer the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) must register to report 2017 performance data for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System...

Changing of the Guard at ONC, Interoperability Remains Focus

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March went out like a lion at ONC, with the shuttering of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees and naming of a new National Coordinator. Goodbye Health IT FACAs “I wanted to take a quick opportunity to just personally thank you...

AMA Leads Call for Addressing EHR Quality Reporting Programs

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The American Medical Association is the lead subscriber of a recent letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma calling for changes to the EHR quality reporting programs MACRA implementation is set to replace as well as reduced EHR documentation...

Health Data Exchange Vital to Quality Care at Lower Cost

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Health information technology, particularly capabilities tied to health data exchange, has an important role to play in the federal government’s push to improve the cost and quality American healthcare. Recently, the National Academy of...

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking

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Despite widespread disapproval and Congressional scrutiny, information blocking remains a problem for health information exchanges working to connect providers and their EHR systems. Drawing data from a national survey of 60 HIE leaders, a new...

Former Rep. Fleming Named to HHS Health Technology Post

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A former Louisiana congressman has accepted a position within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that could impact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to NOLA.com, John Fleming,...

MGMA Requests Immediate Provider Notifications for MIPS 2017

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Providers participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) are voicing concern over continued delays regarding notifications meant to offer guidance on how eligible clinicians can comply with the program’s requirements for...

Coalition Questions Authority of ONC Health IT Oversight

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The coalition comprising patient groups, provider organizations, and payers has called on the Department of Health & Human Services and Congress to clarify the role of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

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CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation...

AHA Advises MedPAC on Implementing MACRA, MIPS, APM Policies

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has submitted a list of policy proposals to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) regarding implementing the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs) and...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay

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Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of Healthcare Information...

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