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AAFP Calls on HHS to Ease Physician Struggles with Health IT

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With the new administration comfortably in place, several organizations have called on Tom Price, MD, and the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to address aspects of health IT infrastructure negatively effecting the usefulness of...

ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory Receives Suggestions

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The 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Task Force submitted its final recommendations to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology last week during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Standards Committees....

Shulkin Unanimously Confirmed as VA Secretary in Monday Vote

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David Shulkin, MD, will remain in the top post at the Department of Veterans Affairs following a confirmation vote by the Senate late Monday evening. The Senate voted unanimously in favor of President Donald Trump’s nominee (100-0) who...

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

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The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services.  In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price,...

POTUS 60-Day Regulation Freeze Impacts Health IT Rules

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A decision by the Trump Administration to recall scores of regulation issued by the previous administration includes bills and rules impacting EHR certification and health IT interoperability. In a memorandum (via Politico) for the Heads of Executive...

E-Prescribing to Benefit from Electronic Transactions Changes

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  That is the focus of new reform principles developed by the American Medical Association in partnership with other medical academies to reduce the cost and inefficiencies of prior authorizations. As AMA and other associations note, prior...

Healthcare Organizations Call for Value-based Care Policy

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Leading healthcare organizations from the public and private sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to maintain federal support for value-based care and MACRA implementation. Among some notable...

AMGA Pushes Congress Toward Accelerating Value-Based Care

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has written House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to ensure that the transition to value-based care remains a focal point for the 115th Congress and that medical groups have the assistance they need to success...

AMIA Seeks Improvements to PCORI Data Access, Exchange Policy

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In response to a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) request on its Data Access and Data Sharing Policy, the American Medical Informatics Association voiced general support for the guidelines while seeking four changes to the...

Report Highlights Patient Role in Health Data Exchange

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A recent Century Foundation report funded by an Open Society Foundations grant identifies several policy recommendations that emphasize the critical role of patients in health data exchange and information sharing. In the report, author Adam...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to ease health data exchange of certain behavioral health information and touches on the health IT implications for sharing these records electronically. Dubbed the Confidentiality...

HHS Nominee Price Criticizes Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Jan 18, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing on the nomination of Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) for the lead role at the Department of Health & Human Services. Among the matters...

359K Providers to Participate Alternative Payment Models in 2017

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More than 359,000 clinicians are set to take part in one of four of Alternative Payment Models (APMs) as part of the Quality Payment Program, the federal agency announced midweek. Beyond APMs, the Quality Payment Program also includes the Merit-Based...

Success of Value-based Care Depends on Clinician Data Access

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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...

Making Patient-Generated Health Data Work for Providers

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released for public comment a new draft white paper developed by Accenture Federal Services focused on the opportunities and challenges of realizing the potential...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

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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...

Health IT Standards, Interoperability to Gain Traction in 2017

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Among five health IT trends to watch for in 2017, DirectTrust CEO & President David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA anticipates progress in health IT interoperability and added attention being paid to emergent health technologies such as health IT standards...

171K Providers Subject to Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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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...

CMS Health Data Exchange Goals for Quality Payment Program

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A new year begins with the kickoff of the Quality Payment Program and with it a commitment by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve six strategic objectives, one of which focuses on its own health data exchange improvements....

Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program

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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....

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