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HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

December 6, 2016 - An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use. In a letter sent earlier this year to state Medicaid directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) noted...


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HITECH Continues Funding Meaningful Use Health Data Exchange

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

An expanded interpretation of HITECH federal funding for state-related health data exchange activities means additional resources are available to health information exchange helping Medicaid providers meet the requirements of modified Stage...

AHA to President-elect Trump: Cancel Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the American Hospital Association has called for a cancellation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use for hospitals among numerous other recommendations focused on topics ranging from reducing regulatory to advancing...

EHR Incentive Program Exclusions for Low Broadband Speeds

by Frank Irving

Providers in parts of four states — Alaska, Idaho, Texas and Utah — qualify for broadband access exclusion under the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). “CMS offers...

Sources of Strength in Meeting Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Data current as of Jan. 19, 2016 show 78 percent of primary care providers having demonstrated meaningful use of certified electronic health records technology. Further analysis shows solid meaningful use performance by nurse practitioners...

EHR Vendors Find Their Place Among Office-Based MU Providers

by Frank Irving

Last month, HealthITInteroperability examined the market share and rank of leading vendors’ electronic health records systems among hospital meaningful users across the U.S. This month, we again tap the Office of the National Coordinator...

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception for 2015 Signed into Law

by Frank Irving

Legislation signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 28 offers a hardship exception from meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period. As a result, eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) officially have a way...

State Strongholds for EHR Vendors Among MU Hospitals

by Frank Irving

Ever wonder how a particular electronic health records system stacks up in terms of market share and rank among meaningful users in a certain state? The Health IT Dashboard, made available by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 21-Dec.27

by Frank Irving

Year-end documentation highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability, after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) beat a statutory deadline with the Dec. 18 publication of its draft Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP)....

CMS Unveils Draft Plan for Quality Measurement under MACRA

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Dec. 18 published its Quality Measure Development Plan (MDP), which sets forth a framework for clinician quality measure development to support the value-based payment pathways of the Medicare...

Hospital Association Urges Revision of EHR Incentive Program

by Frank Irving

The American Hospital Association (AHA) filed its public comments on the EHR Incentive Program on Dec. 11, highlighted by a five-point set of recommendations to rework the platform for establishing meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology....

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Dec. 14-20

by Frank Irving

As last week came to a close, the American Medical Association (AMA) went public with a statement denouncing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for posting new data deemed “premature and incomplete” on its Physician...

Advocates Urge Reform, Not Delay, in MU Requirements

by Frank Irving

Reforms to improve health IT interoperability should be included in any legislative changes to the EHR meaningful use program, according to a Dec. 7 letter addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and Senate. The letter, spearheaded by interoperability...

The Billion-Dollar EHR Incentive States

by Frank Irving

Government investment in promoting adoption of electronic health records largely follows a trail to the most populous states. Of the more than $31 billion paid to eligible providers and hospitals through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive...

Republican Doctors Lobby Speaker Ryan for MU Delay

by Frank Irving

The 18 medical providers who comprise the GOP Doctors Caucus wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Nov. 20 urging delay of Stage 3 meaningful use requirements as well as a blanket hardship waiver exception for MU Stage 2. The letter also asked...

AHA and CHIME Suggest Changes to Data Reporting Requirements

by Frank Irving

Official comments from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) share the thought that data reporting needs to be streamlined for the coming implementation of the Merit-Based...

Who’s Ready for VDT Meaningful Use Requirements?

by Frank Irving

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule for the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017, it modified Stage 2 patient engagement objectives that require patient action. This was one of the major changes...

Financial Challenges, MU Complexity Stunting EHR Integration

by Frank Irving

Hospitals across the nation continue to make substantial progress in EHR integration and adoption, but challenges remain in a number of areas, particularly for small and rural facilities, according to new analysis of American Hospital Association...

Medical Groups Urge Repair of EHR Incentive Programs

by Frank Irving

In letters sent Nov. 2 to the respective leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, more than 100 physician associations called for Congress to “refocus” the federal EHR Incentive Programs “on the goal of achieving a truly interoperable...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

by Frank Irving

A grassroots advocacy project highlights the week ahead in health IT interoperability. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has equipped its members with a way to push for a pause in the EHR Incentive Program’s Stage 3 implementation....

Details Coming on Electronic Health Records Certification

by Frank Irving

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which establishes certification requirements for electronic health records technology in conjunction with the federal meaningful use program, has given a glimpse of how it intends to...

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