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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....

CHIME Calls for Adjustments to Meaningful Use Requirements

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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...

Survey Shows Interoperability Essential in Value-Based Care

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The majority - 95 percent - of healthcare industry insiders agree that strong interoperability capabilities are a necessary requirement for a smooth transition to value-based care, according to a recent survey. eHealth Initiative published the...

CMS Prepares Providers for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

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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

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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...

DirectTrust Seeks POTUS Support of EHR Interoperability, HIE

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Earlier today, the organization released a four-point list of recommendations for the incoming administration outlining ways to build on the foundational work done by its predecessors in the areas of EHR adoption and interoperability. On Tuesday,...

ONC Finalizes Annual Advisory for Health IT Standards

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has finalized 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory close to six months after releasing and considering public comments on a draft version published in August....

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines

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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

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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

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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....

Lack of Healthcare Interoperability to Hinder Goals of MIPS?

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In a recent comment letter on the final rule for the Quality Payment Program, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) contends that a lack of healthcare interoperability will pose significant challenges for participants...

Governors Unveil 5-Point Plan to Boost Health Data Exchange

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Earlier this month, the National Governor’s Association (NGA) provided new guidance for addressing and removing obstacles to health data exchange at the state level. Legal obstructions, such as restrictive laws and fear of liability, and...

Industry Leaders Offer Closing Comments on MACRA Final Rule

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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