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CMS Extends eCQM Deadline for EHR Incentive Programs

January 17, 2017 - CMS has extended the deadline for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs. According to a blog post by Kate Goodrich, MD, Director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals now have...


CMS Clarifies Meaningful Use Patient Engagement Requirement


In a recent update, CMS added information to their compendium of FAQs regarding calculations for EHR Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action. The most recent addition focuses on whether other eligible professionals...

CMS to Update eCQM Value Sets for 2017 Reporting Period


CMS will issue an addendum to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) value sets as a result of changes in the October, 2016, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS updates, according to a public statement. Although these the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes...

CMS Offers Aid for Clinical Quality Measure Reporting in MIPS


CMS has posted the electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) Logic Flows for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting period. The Logic Flows are intended to help eligible clinicians participating in MIPS to successfully...

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...

CMS Comment Period for Quality Payment Program Ends Dec. 19


Time is running out for healthcare professionals, lawmakers, patients, and caregivers to submit public comment on the Quality Payment Program. In a public statement, CMS announced that it will continue to accept public comments until December...

Price HHS Secretary Nomination Met with Industry Praise


President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Georgia Congressman Tom Price to be the next Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services. Price currently serves as the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, and was previously an orthopedic...

Bay-Area Home Health Provider Completes Epic Implementation


Bay-area home health and hospice provider Pathways has finished its Epic implementation, allowing for better care coordination between ambulatory and inpatient providers and home healthcare providers, according to a company press release. The...

HIMSS, CHIME to Help International Health IT Professionals


The College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are joining forces to create HIMSS-CHIME International, an organization for health IT professionals to advance...

CMS Launches API to Ease Quality Payment Program Reporting


CMS has launched an application program interface (API) tool to help healthcare professionals build software to assist in Quality Payment Program reporting, the federal agency announced in a press release. The API is hosted on the agency’s...

Two Adventist Hospitals Recognized for Exemplary EHR Use


Two Adventist Health System Hospitals have been recognized with HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 awards, recognizing outstanding EHR use, according to a press release. After implementing its EHR system in 2006, Florida...

Mercy Health System Recognized as Top Epic EHR User


Mercy has been recognized as a top EHR user by technology vendor Epic Systems, the health system recently announced. The health system joins three others as Gold Star users. Mercy received this recognition after adding its 700th item to its Epic...

NJ Health System Selects Cerner EHR for System Implementation


Inspira Health Network has selected EHR vendor Cerner Corporation for system-wide EHR implementation, according to a press release. The New Jersey-based health system will adopt Cerner’s EHR offering to help bolster care coordination and...

Public Health Reporting Repository Deadline Fast Approaching


The deadline for public health agencies and clinical data registries to report their readiness to the CMS central repository is fast approaching, according to a public statement. Registries ready to collect public health and clinical data must...

CMS Previews of Upcoming Changes to EHR Incentive Programs


For the final day of National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about the EHR Incentive Programs going forward. First, the agency discussed the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals...

CMS Details Public Health Reporting Requirements for 2016


In its fourth installment for National Health IT Week, CMS has posted information about public health reporting meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting year. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...

CMS Reviews Clinical Quality Measure Reporting Options in 2016


As the third installment of their National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information regarding the clinical quality measure (CQM) requirements that are a part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Eligible professionals,...

CMS Reviews Exclusions for Meaningful Use Reporting in 2016


As a part of its National Health IT Week series, CMS has issued information about the 2016 meaningful use reporting period, helping eligible providers determine if they qualify for an exclusion or alternate exclusion. In a public statement, CMS...

CMS Reviews Meaningful Use Rules for National Health IT Week


As a part of its efforts for National Health IT Week, CMS has provided updates and reminders on meaningful use requirements for the 2016 reporting period. For this meaningful use reporting period, the program’s nearly 600,000 active participants...

CMS Accepting Comments on 2016 eCQMs for Meaningful Use


CMS has begun the 2016 Change Review Process (CRP) to evaluate electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) under meaningful use, according to a public statement. The CRP will take place on the JIRA CQM Project. Using that platform, eCQM implementers...



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