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CMS Proposed Rule to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

September 17, 2018 - A newly-released CMS proposed rule removes unnecessary Medicare compliance requirements for healthcare facilities in an effort to reduce administrative burden on providers and fulfill the aims of the federal agency’s Patients Over Paperwork initiative. These proposed updates could save healthcare providers an estimated $1.12 billion per year, according to CMS. The proposed rule...


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Cerner President Zane Burke Will Step Down From Post November 2

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Zane Burke will leave Cerner after five years of serving as the health IT company’s President and 22 years holding various executive positions across sales, implementation, support, and finance. “We thank Zane for his...

Texas Health Honored for Advancing eCQM Collection, EHR Use

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Texas Health Resources has been named a 2018 Pioneer in Quality Expert Contributor by the Joint Commission for advancing electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) collection and use. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit, independent...

ONC Continues Overhaul of Health IT Certification Program Testing

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ONC will no longer support and maintain the electronic prescribing testing tool approved for use for the Health IT Certification Program — instead, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) will take over the...

Allscripts Will Sell Stake in Netsmart, Ending 2-Year Partnership

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Allscripts will sell its joint venture stake in behavioral health EHR company Netsmart after 2 years of owning about 50 percent of the company, according to Allscripts President Rick Poulton in a recent earnings call with...

Trump Nominates James Gfrerer as VA CIO, Assistant IT Secretary

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President Trump has nominated James Paul Gfrerer to spearhead the IT department at VA, according to a public statement from the White House. The former marine and executive director at Ernst & Young — a cybersecurity practice...

Senate Confirms Robert Wilkie as New VA Secretary

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In an 86 to 9 vote on Monday night, the Senate confirmed former Department of Defense (DoD) Undersecretary Robert Wilkie as the new VA secretary, according to CNN. “I applaud the United States Senate for confirming Robert Wilkie as...

1,500 Epic Systems Employees May File Individual Arbitrations

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Up to 1,500 quality assurance and technical writers at Epic Systems may file wage and working hours claims through individual arbitration after the health IT company won a major Supreme Court labor law case that barred employees from...

CMS Creates CHIO Role to Spearhead MyHealthEData Initiative

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CMS recently created a new Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO) position to spearhead CMS initiatives including MyHealthEData, Medicare Blue Button 2.0, and the EHR Incentive Programs overhaul. The federal agency is currently in the...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

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CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed...

Cass Regional Ransomware Attack Leads to MEDITECH EHR Downtime

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Cass Regional Medical Center experienced a ransomware attack on its information technology infrastructure on Monday, July 9, according to an online statement. As a precautionary measure, the hospital underwent EHR downtime until the attack...

MIPS Requirements Could Be Waived for Certain Clinicians

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The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration is being advanced, which would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for some clinicians, CMS announced last week. The MIPS...

Judge Approves $4.5M Settlement in Cerner Overtime Claims Case

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U.S. District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. approved the $4.5 million settlement in the Cerner overtime compensation class-action lawsuit on June 11, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Cerner first agreed to the settlement in...

CMS Seeks Public Comment to Reduce Stark Law Regulatory Burden

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CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment and recommendations about ways the federal agency can reduce the regulatory burden associated with the physician self-referral law (Stark Law). The federal agency is...

Jonathan Bush’s Resignation Opens Door for athenahealth Sale

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athenahealth will potentially pursue a sale or merger following CEO Jonathan Bush’s resignation, effective immediately, according to CNBC. Bush’s resignation follows reports of old and new allegations against him have...

ClearBridge Investments Supports athenahealth Acquisition

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ClearBridge Investments recently issued a letter to the athenahealth board of directors backing Elliott Management’s recommendation that the health IT company pursue offers for an athenahealth acquisition. The global equity manager...

Peter O’Rourke to Replace Robert Wilkie as Acting VA Secretary

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The White House recently announced Peter O’Rourke will serve as the new acting VA secretary in place of recent VA secretary nominee Robert Wilkie, who will return to his post as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness...

athenahealth Considering Elliott Management Acquisition Offer

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athenahealth is seriously considering the Elliott Management acquisition offer for $160 a share, the health IT company’s management team confirmed in a public statement. “The athenahealth Board of Directors takes very...

Epic Systems May Win Dismissal of Additional Class Action Lawsuit

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A class action lawsuit brought against Epic Systems by quality assurance workers who claimed they were illegally denied overtime pay may be dismissed by a federal judge because of the recent Supreme Court decision that upholds Epic’s...

athenahealth Shareholder Urges Health IT Company to Pursue Buyout

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Another investment company with stake in athenahealth is urging athenahealth’s board of directors to consider selling the health IT company, according to a recent filing with the United States Securities and Exchange...

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