July 14, 2014
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT continues to reshape itself as it adjusts to funding limits. To that end, National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, has outlined a new working group structure for ONC's Health IT Policy Committee.
July 11, 2014
The EHR Association, which is made up of nearly 40 EHR companies, urged the Office of the National Coordinator and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide the meaningful use final rule ASAP.
July 11, 2014
Electronic health records incentive payments to eligible hospitals and providers have continued their upward trend, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services paying out a whopping $24.4 billion to date.
July 05, 2014
As director of health information technology policy and programs for the National Partnership for Women and Families, Mark Savage keeps a close watch on healthcare information technology, along with all other aspects of patient care.
June 13, 2014
What can the U.S. healthcare industry learn from other nations? In the realm of EHR certification, arguably a whole lot, policymakers point out. The question arose during health IT policy talks in May, and reemerged this week: Could a Kaizen study of certification -- an end-to-end analysis -- reveal what has been lacking in the EHR certification...
June 11, 2014
As of May, eligible hospitals and physicians have been paid out a whopping $23.7 billion in electronic health record incentive payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, up from $22.9 billion in April.
May 20, 2014
Things are starting to look up for small and midsized practices facing a barrage of federal regulations threatening to drive them toward acquisition, big bank loans or, even worse, extinction.
May 09, 2014
It seems just about everybody has a gripe or two concerning the meaningful use program: software vendors that make electronic health records systems, hospital CIOs, the very people charting the related committees and, of course, physicians.
May 07, 2014
More than 370,000 Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers have earned an EHR incentive payment so far, with 64,000 new participants attesting to meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year.
April 25, 2014
With the maturing of the meaningful use incentive program, federal advisory groups are beginning to re-evaluate their roles and the best way to support providers moving forward. At the April 24 HIT Standards Committee meeting, federal officials announced changes in leadership along with proposals about how the organization might reconfigure itself...