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Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments Trouble Two More States

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Two more states have issued overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, according to two separate reports from the Office of Inspector General. OIG found that both Ohio and Oklahoma did not follow federal protocol for calculating the...

West Virginia Overpays $296K in EHR Incentive Payments

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The West Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services overpaid nearly $296,000 in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments, according to a new Office of the Inspector General report. OIG conducted this audit by identifying five West Virginia...

Industry Groups React to MACRA Participation Flexibilities

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Several industry groups have expressed praise for the new MACRA Quality Payment Program reporting guidelines and flexibilities that CMS released late last week. The guidelines ease the program’s reporting requirements by allowing providers...

CMS: Providers Choose Pace for Quality Payment Program in 2017

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Well in advance of the final rule for the Quality Payment Program — comprising both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has...

98% of Hospitals Avoid Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

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Ninety-eight percent of eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals will not be subjected to payment adjustments in 2017 due to their successful stage 1 or stage 2 meaningful use attestation, says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

New Jersey Overpays $2.3M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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The New Jersey Department of Human Services made overpayments for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program of nearly $2.3 million, according to an Office of the Inspector General report. According to OIG, the state made EHR incentive payments to 15...

Top 3 Most Challenging Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

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Since finalizing the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received numerous calls for a pause in the program. Industry stakeholders argue that the program is too demanding and burdensome...

DirectTrust Hopeful for Impending ONC EHR Certification Rule

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EHR oversight and certification may be best left in the hands of ONC, according to DirectTrust. According to the DirectTrust President & CEO, David Kibbe, MD, MBA, the EHR industry’s self-oversight may not be enough to ensure technology...

FTC Finalizes Order to EHR Vendor in Consumer Deception Case

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued its final order against EHR vendor Practice Fusion following allegations that the EHR cloud-based company had misled consumers about physician reviews and their publication in an online physician...

3 Steps for Ensuring Provider Success under MACRA

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is about to revolutionize reimbursement for providers of Medicare Part B services. MACRA, which replaces the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR), links the majority of fee-for-service...

DeSalvo to Leave Post as National Coordinator

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Karen DeSalvo, MD, will be leaving her post as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, according to a recent announcement from HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. DeSalvo has left behind a legacy of advanced health IT interoperability...

Arizona Overpays $14M in Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

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A new report from the Office of the Inspector General shows that Arizona may have made significant overpayments for its Medicaid EHR Incentive Program totaling to $14,830,859. According to the report, Arizona has been making both over payments...

Payment Rule to Change Clinical Quality Measure Requirements

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The final rule for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) brings significant changes to electronic clinical quality measures reporting for hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs....

78% of Hospitals Not Ready for 2017 eCQM Reporting Period

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Plenty of work remains to be done before hospitals are comfortable submitting electronic clinical quality measures as a part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, according to a recent Joint Commission survey. The survey, conducted...

Tracking MACRA’s Progress toward Industrywide Implementation

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Since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced its draft implementation for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) at the end of April, there has been a flurry of industry opinions, rule clarifications, and potential...

Cerner Makes Key Revenue Cycle Management Hire

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The Kansas City-based health IT company has named Jeff Hurst of Adventist Health System to serve as Senior Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management and President of Cerner RevWorks, the company announced. Currently Florida Hospital's Senior...

Physician Readiness for MACRA Implementation Found Wanting

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A significant stumbling block to MACRA implementation in 2017 is physician awareness of its provisions and requirements, according to a 2016 Deloitte physician survey. Half of physicians with a high share of Medicare beneficiaries reported no...

Slavitt: CMS Already Mulling Changes to MACRA Start Date

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During a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt was asked about the possibility for delaying the start of MACRA implementation and acknowledged that...

Senators Seek Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Periods

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Led by Senator John Thune (R-SD), a group of GOP senators — including Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) — introduced the EHR Regulatory Relief Act to reduce reporting periods not only for the EHR Incentive Programs but...

CMS Proposes 90-Day Reporting Period for 2016 Meaningful Use

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Hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible providers will only need to attest to meaningful use for a 90-day period in 2016, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This 90-day reporting...

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