Meaningful Use

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.
By Bernie Monegain 10:40 am March 16, 2016
More than 30 healthcare provider organizations have banded together to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to adopt a 90-day reporting period for meaningful use measures in 2016, rather than full-year reporting as CMS has proposed. Providers proved successful when they rallied for 90-day reporting for 2015.
By Tom Sullivan 03:28 pm March 07, 2016
Did the big conference live up to the predictions? Answer our poll to help us find out.
By Mike Miliard 04:34 pm March 02, 2016
Value-based program will score physicians on quality, resource use, practice improvement and certified technology.

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