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Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access


The old guard is making way for the new at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The heads of the two federal agencies are stepping down but not...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets


A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments


Since 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has imposed meaningful use payment adjustment on eligible professionals not meeting the yearly requirements set for the EHR Incentive Programs. According CMS, 171,000 EPs are...

Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program


In these early days of the first performance year for the Quality Payment Program, healthcare professionals will need to develop a plan that leverages strong health IT use and health information exchange in order to avoid negative payment adjustments....

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements


In response to allegedly overzealous requirements for Medicare meaningful use, Medicaid meaningful use, and meaningful use measures under MIPS, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued comments advocating...

CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation


CMS has issued meaningful use attestation worksheets to help eligible professionals and eligible providers prepare for reporting, set to begin on January 3 and last through February 28, 2017. For all participants, the reporting period for modified...

DirectTrust Advises New Administration on Sustaining EHR Use


EHR use has grown under the past two US presidents, and DirectTrust would like to see that continue under the next Presidential administration. To ensure that happens, DirectTrust submitted a list of four recommendations to President-elect Donald...

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines


Epic EHR and other competing EHR technology once again dominated the health IT headlines this year, alongside major policy moves such as the MACRA implementation final rule and Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation. This year, policymakers unveiled...

CMS Addresses Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs in 2017


CMS explains how the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Final Rule, which the federal agency estimates will increase OPPS payments by 1.7 percent and ASC rates by 1.9 percent, will...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017


The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued public comments calling for better alignment of meaningful use measures in the EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation....

Industry Leaders Offer Closing Comments on MACRA Final Rule


As reporting for the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA final rule closely approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders are submitting their final comments. Earlier this week, AMGA and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) submitted...

ACO Health IT, EHR Use May Point to Needed Policy Changes


Accountable care organizations (ACOs) tend to have stronger health IT and EHR use than non-ACOs, suggesting that the incentives in those care models foster higher quality care than others, says a study published in the American Journal of Managed...

CMS Reviews 2016 Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements


CMS is reminding eligible providers about the 2016 requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs, including added flexibilities. In a public statement, the agency reviewed changes for secure electronic messaging reporting requirements. For this...

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act into Law


Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law. Among its main provisions to relax drug approval procedures at the Food and Drug Administration and provide funding for various projects such as the Precision...

21st Century Cures Act Passes Senate, Awaits POTUS Approval


On Wednesday afternoon, the United State Senate voted in favor of the bill following an invocation of cloture on Monday in an 85-13 vote, pushing it to a decisive vote yesterday. Last week, the House also voted on the bill, passing it by an overwhelming...

Fate of 21st Century Cures Act Depends on Federal Leadership


As the Senate is set to vote on the 21st Century Cures Act in the coming days, industry leaders continue to issue comment on the law. After the Senate invoked cloture on the law and the House passed it in an overwhelming 392 to 26 vote last week,...

Slavitt Addresses How MACRA Implementation Supports Medicare


In an address to the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt commented on MACRA implementation, describing how the agency will use it to “keep the promise of Medicare.” In describing the formation of the Quality...

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act for Healthcare Innovation


The House of Representatives has passed the 21st Century Cures Act by an overwhelming majority of 392 to 26.* *Editor's note: President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 13. In a statement made by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.),...

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...



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