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CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

April 24, 2017 - CMS recently developed a centralized repository of public health agencies and clinical data registry reporting to provide a one-stop source of information for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The centralized repository offers eligible professionals and hospitals additional resources for public health, clinical data, or specialized registry electronic...


CMS Pre-releases eCQM Changes for the 2018 Reporting Period


With MIPS taking full effect this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released information on upcoming adjustments to electronic clinical quality (eCQM) measure standards, terminology, and specifications for quality...

Epic Systems, Cerner Among 8 Health IT Companies Recognized by EHRA


Earlier this week, the trade association announced that Epic Systems, Cerner Corporation, six other health IT companies had agreed to move to Version 2 of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct. Validations tied to the first version, introduced back...

Seema Verma Confirmed to Serve as New CMS Administrator


Seema Verma, SVC, Inc Founder, CEO and President, was confirmed yesterday as the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration. “CMS is a $1 trillion agency and covers over 100...

CMS Reminds Providers of Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline


CMS recently issued an announcement reminding eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation...

CVS Chooses Epic EHR System for Specialty Care Management


CVS Health has selected Epic EHR technology to be used by its CVS Specialty care management programs, the company announced on Thursday. The Epic EHR system will assist in optimizing CVS Specialty clinical processes such as Accordant, a care...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay


Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of Healthcare Information...

CMS Funds to Help Rural Practices in Quality Payment Program


As part of a five-year program to support individual physician and small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $20 million to 11 organizations. Over the remaining four...

CMS Issues Two Notices for PQRS, Meaningful Use Reporting


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued two important notices this week, one to assist providers with PQRS reporting and the other for providers to contest payment adjustments related to 2015 meaningful use reporting. First, the...

Rep. Tom Price Confirmed as Next HHS Secretary


Representative Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) is the new head of the Department of Health & Human Services. After weeks of debate, the Senate completed a vote in the early hours of February 10, one split perfectly along party lines: 52 to 47 (with...

CMS Sets New Deadline for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation


In line with reporting deadlines for the Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a new deadline for meaningful use attestation for the 2016...

CMS Extends EHR Reporting Deadline for PQRS to March 13


On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension for EHR data reporting for the 2016  2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Eligible professionals, PQRS group practices, qualified clinical...

Epic Systems Takes Home Top Honors in 2017 Best in KLAS


In the report published today, Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor, receiving Best in KLAS awards in eight segments, the research firm announced. Included in Epic’s myriad awards are Best in KLAS Ambulatory EMR...

Calculating the Cost of Behavioral Health Data Exchange


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...

CMS Extends eCQM Deadline for EHR Incentive Programs


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...

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...



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