Meaningful Use

 
The federal government has provided relief for healthcare providers via the hardship exception rule in the EHR Incentive Program. Eligible physicians and hospitals can apply for exceptions to anticipated penalties if their vendor has not obtained EHR certification for 2014.
March 13, 2014
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Members of the Health IT Policy Committee approved a set of recommendations Tuesday that will bring meaningful use Stage 3 requirements one step closer to federal approval and scale back the initial Stage 3 proposals by 33 percent.
March 12, 2014
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Behavioral health and long-term post-acute care are perhaps the two most significant areas left out of the meaningful use program, and they were the topic Of discussion Tuesday at the federal Health IT Policy Committee meeting.
March 11, 2014
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Steven M. Schiff, MD, a physician and CMIO, writes about how technology has changed how he relates to his patients. Clinical information used to be the exclusive province of the select few, but that is no longer the case, and Schiff sees it as a change that is beneficial to both patient and doctor.
March 11, 2014
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The electronic medical record market is poised for a competitive shakeup. As Stage 2 meaningful use demands more from hospitals, many current EMR platforms just aren't cutting it. As many as half of large hospitals are ditching their old systems for new, more interoperable platforms.
March 10, 2014
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Stage 2 of the federal Electronic Health Records Incentive Program is underway for providers who first reached Stage 1 in 2011. Although there will not be any official statistics available for several months, anecdotal evidence suggests that this new phase is off to a slow start.
March 10, 2014
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There's been a whole lot of capital invested in health information technology these past few years. And some people -- especially those who are in charge of spending more of it -- want to know whether it's money well spent.
March 7, 2014
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The GAO recently took a swipe at the government's Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program, saying it lacked strategy and called for action to establish a strategy in order to achieve its goals, especially those aimed at improving care.
March 7, 2014
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With more than 50 percent of practices and 80 percent of hospitals having adopted electronic health records and attested for meaningful use by now, it's time to talk about next steps.
March 6, 2014
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Healthcare organizations nationwide have spent billions of dollars to implement health information technology, most with the expectation that it will improve quality and safety, and lower costs. According to a recent report, however, not all outcomes have been positive, particularly with regard to efficiency.
March 5, 2014
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In his $3.9 trillion fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released Tuesday, President Obama asked for $1.8 billion to support health information technology incentive payments -- the same amount he requested last year. Actual spending for this category came to $1.07 billion in 2013.
March 5, 2014
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Greenway announced its acquisition this past week of Fort Myers, Fla.-based PeopleLYNK, which develops EHR-based patient outreach tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
March 3, 2014
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The December HIT Standards Committee focused on patient generated data, image sharing, patient matching, and the 2014 work plan, ensuring we select the necessary standards to support meaningful use stage 3 policy goals.
December 26, 2013
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Following are five things doctors need to know about moving from Stage 1 meaningful use to Stage 2, what it means and how to prepare.
December 20, 2013
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You've all probably heard by now that there's going to be a change to the Meaningful Use Stage 3 roll-out. So, what is in store?
December 18, 2013
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It had to happen. Oct. 1, 2014 was going to be just too much for providers of all sizes and levels of IT savvy.
December 11, 2013
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I admit it. I'm confused by Friday's announcement that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is considering extending the meaningful use Stage 2 period.
December 9, 2013
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Now that we have experience with two stages of meaningful use, it's also clear that a three year cycle is needed to ensure safe, high value, well adopted, introduction of new IT functionality.
December 2, 2013
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People are working hard. Priority setting is appropriate. Funding is available. The problem is that the scope is too big and the timeline is too short. What are the risks?
November 20, 2013
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The November HIT Standards Committee focused on the current status of certification and attestation, readiness of standards for patient generated data, ONC S&I Framework progress and the overall HITSC workplan.
November 14, 2013
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I've written several posts about the frustrating aspects of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification. The Clinical Quality Measures are certainly one of the problem spots.
November 6, 2013
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After nearly 20 years as a CIO, I've learned that even with the best people, best planning and appropriate budgets, large, complex projects encounter issues imposed by external factors that cannot be predicted during initial project scheduling.
October 24, 2013
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Over the next few months, Jacob Reider will serve as the interim National Coordinator for Healthcare IT while the search continues for Farzad Mostashari's permanent replacement. What advice would I give to the next national coordinator?
October 10, 2013
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On October 1, I joined a panel at the CareFwd conference discussing the innovations needed in healthcare today. I highlighted five key areas.
October 4, 2013
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