Meaningful Use

 
There will be no delay for ICD-10 conversion. But when CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced Thursday at HIMSS14 that CMS would be flexible on hardship exemptions for meaningful use requirements, it provided some of the relief healthcare providers -- and the professional organizations that represent them -- have been seeking.
February 28, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator wants to create an EHR certification system for 2015 that would be guided by a more "effective response to stakeholder feedback" and incorporate "bug fixes" to make 2014 certification rules "clearer and easier to implement."
February 27, 2014
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At CCHIT's "The Decade of Health IT" summit at HIMSS14 on Wednesday, four national coordinators looked back on their experiences working to drive healthcare information technology adoption over the past 10 years.
February 27, 2014
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The education session "Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements" on Tuesday morning especially caught the audience's attention when Robert Anthony, deputy director at the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Service, asked: "How many people have gone through a meaningful use audit?"
February 25, 2014
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"There are a lot of providers out there who are feeling a lot of anxiety and a lot of pressure," admitted Mat Kendall, director of ONC's Office of Provider Adoption Support at HIMSS14 on Monday.
February 25, 2014
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"Rural is not a smaller version of urban," said Tom Morris, associate administrator for rural health policy at Health Resources and Services Administration, speaking Sunday at the pre-conference symposium, "Health IT and Rural Healthcare: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges."
February 23, 2014
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What if a room was alive and could know everything medically pertinent about the patient when he or she entered the room? That wild idea led to UPMC creating the SmartRoom and in 2010 partnering with IBM to take it to market.
February 23, 2014
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Due to the three-staged structure of the meaningful use timeline, eligible providers and hospitals have tended to approach the process in a literal, rigid way. But there's a change afoot, which some may call MU 2.0.
February 23, 2014
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT on Friday issued proposals for the 2015 edition of electronic health record certification criteria.
February 21, 2014
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Federal, state and local governments have long used tax deductions and credits as policy tools to direct individual and organizational behavior. We take it for granted that incentives work -- the debates on government incentives tend to cluster around their ethical use or the economics involved.
February 18, 2014
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The sheer volume of uncoordinated measures are overwhelming clinicians and until they are narrowed down and made uniform across all sectors of healthcare, the task of improving care will remain elusive. So say former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt.
February 17, 2014
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The evolution of the health IT marketplace continues, toward growth, change and consolidation. Biggest winners? Scalable companies, especially those whose products focus on revenue cycle and clinical decision making.
February 15, 2014
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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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The September HIT Standards Committee focused on image exchange, scenario-based certification, the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), and an important discussion about setting standards priorities for FY14.
September 24, 2013
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