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CMS yesterday issued an unpublished version of a proposed rule modifying the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), as required by MACRA, in an effort to simplify the program.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

POTUS Budget Proposes Eliminating AHRQ, Reducing ONC Funding

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President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget calls for major sweeping reforms at HHS in order to balance the federal budget, most notably repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and reforming Medicaid. Less eye-catching but equally...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

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athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the...

MIPS Measures Could Add to Inequity in Quality Improvements

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A new study by Eggleton et al. finds gaps in Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures may worsen disparities between the quality of certain aspects of healthcare including patient access, experience, and interpersonal care. While...

National Patient Identifier Gains Congressional Support

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Proponents of a national patient identifier are pleased with the inclusion of certain language in a recently approved 2017 federal spending plan. Congress has included report language in its FY 2017 Omnibus spending bill allowing HHS to lend...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool

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The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the revised Performance...

10 MACRA Trends Likeliest to Challenge Eligible Clinicians

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Results from a recent Black Book survey of 8,845 surveyed physician practices identify the top ten most challenging aspects of MACRA implementation for eligible clinicians. With the first year of MACRA implementation underway, physician practices...

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