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Healthcare Mourns Loss of Cerner Chairman, CEO Neal Patterson

July 10, 2017 - Neal Patterson, Chairman and CEO of Cerner Corp., passed away on July 9, 2017 due to complications resulting from a recent recurrence of a previously diagnosed cancer. Cerner Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board Cliff Illig has been named Chairman and Interim CEO while the process to select a new CEO is underway. Since co-founding Cerner, Illig and Patterson worked together closely for...


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OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

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CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published Monday,...

Cerner, Epic, McKesson Among Top 5 Global Health IT Vendors

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The winners of the IDC Health Insights 2017 HealthTech Rankings released this week named Cerner, McKesson, and Epic Systems among the leading global health IT suppliers. IDC Health Insights supplied the rankings indicating new benchmarks for...

Epic EHR Interoperability at Center of New Partnership

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Premise Health today announced a new partnership with Epic to improve patient experience and expand interoperability across the spectrum of care. The worksite health and patient engagement company intends to implement Epic EHR in all its worksite...

CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

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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...

CMS Pre-releases eCQM Changes for the 2018 Reporting Period

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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