Meaningful Use

Senators John Thune, R-South Dakota

By Mike Miliard 11:23 am April 29, 2016
A group of Republican senators who have been looking to "reboot" meaningful us since 2013 released new draft legislation this week they say aims to make the incentive program work better for providers and taxpayers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has "made significant improvements by recasting the EHR meaningful use program and by reducing quality reporting burdens," said AMA President Steven Stack, MD.

By Mike Miliard 11:48 am April 28, 2016
On Twitter, former National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, called it the "most substantive change to how healthcare is paid for in a couple of decades."

"This proposal, if finalized, would replace the current meaningful use program and reporting would begin January 1, 2017," said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

By Mike Miliard 04:43 pm April 27, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA, on Wednesday, ushering in some big changes for the ways physicians are assessed for quality of care and use of information technology.    
By Mike Miliard 11:17 am April 21, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT said it can harness data it already has to help providers make better electronic health record purchasing decisions.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman introduced legislation to shorten the reporting period for meaningful use this year. 

By Bernie Monegain 11:53 am April 20, 2016
U.S. Senators and Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday that would reduce the meaningful use reporting period from a full year to 90 days – and do so in 2016, a move pressed by healthcare organizations across the country.

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, will no longer co-chair the ONC HIT Policy Committee. 

By Tom Sullivan 03:02 pm April 19, 2016
National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, is stepping away from the co-chair role on the ONC Health IT Policy Committee.
By Bernie Monegain 10:09 am April 08, 2016
Company executives say that joining Cerner, Epic, Meditech and others in promising to use agreed upon standard and not block data is merely formalizing what they already practice.  
In 2009, Morehouse School of Medicine was awarded a $21 million from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to become the only REC in Georgia to provide on-the-ground technical assistance for individual and small medical practices.
By Bernie Monegain 10:58 am April 05, 2016
Remember ONC Regional Extension Centers? There were 62 of those federally-funded organizations, better known as RECs, created nationwide in 2009 with a mission of helping primary care physicians move from paper to digital systems.
By Bernie Monegain 12:36 pm March 31, 2016
Looking into its crystal ball – or perhaps digital spreadsheets – PiperJaffray analysts see big plays in the RCM market. That potential is so large, in fact, that Cerner alone has a $40 billion opportunity, and it ranks fifth in market share.
In a letter to CMS' Patrick Conway, MD, AHA argues that an all-or-nothing approach is "unfair to providers that make good faith efforts to comply."
By Mike Miliard 02:41 pm March 25, 2016
Arguing that too many well-meaning providers are facing financial penalties from meaningful use, the American Hospital Association called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this week to offer more flexibility.

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