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Meaningful Use Requirements

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...

Health IT Interoperability in Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As originally planned, eligible professionals and hospitals would to move from EHR adoption and data capture to advanced EHR use an health information exchange. While the meaningful use timeline has changed considerably with Stage 3 Meaningful...

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...

Health IT Interoperability Among CHIME Chronic Care Concerns

by Frank Irving

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), in a letter sent last week to leadership of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group, emphasized four areas of focus in determining policies to improve...

10 Notable Quotes on the State of Health IT Interoperability

by Frank Irving

The field of health IT interoperability is pacing its way through interesting times. Sources ranging from the top level of federal health programs to mainstream news analysis outlets have weighed in on changes afoot for hospitals, health systems...

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...

CMS and ONC Seeks Feedback on Quality Measures Reporting

by Frank Irving

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on Dec. 30 issued a Request for Information (RFI) intended to inform policy options for improving certification and testing of...

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...

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)....

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...

Task Force Grapples with HIT Product Comparison Framework

by Frank Irving

The Health IT Policy Committee’s Certified Technology Comparison (CTC) Task Force reconvened on Dec. 1 to formulate a framework for providers to use when looking to purchase certified health IT products, particularly electronic health records...

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...

AMA Wants Interoperability Standards Before MU Certification

by Frank Irving

The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted part of its Interim Meeting on Nov. 17 to the group’s concerted efforts to drive more interoperable electronic health records. The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates voted to adopt...

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...

The Week Ahead in Health IT Interoperability: Nov. 16-22

by Frank Irving

There’s less than a month remaining to submit public comments on the EHR Incentive Programs Stage 3 final rule. The regulations become effective on Dec. 15, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers...

Bill Offers Blanket Exception to Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga., pictured) has introduced proposed legislation that would authorize a new hardship exception to meaningful use requirements for the 2015 reporting period under the federal EHR Incentive Program. H.R. 3940, titled the “Meaningful...

The ‘Heart’ of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

by Frank Irving

Among Stage 3 meaningful use requirements, the final grouping of three objectives stand out as “the heart and soul of what we think of as interoperability,” according to Robert Anthony, deputy director of the Quality Measurement and...

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