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SGR fix bill also streamlines quality reporting

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.

Feds propose tougher look at whether EHRs work

Feds propose tougher look at whether EHRs work

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The federal health information technology coordinator's proposed certification rule signals that the agency wants to better ensure that electronic health-record systems perform as promised.

ONC stepping up efforts to ensure EHRs perform as advertised

By Darius Tahir  |  March 25, 2015

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised.

CMS proposes third stage for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  March 21, 2015

Draft regulations the CMS issued last Friday would add a third and final stage to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records.

ONC targets interoperability, privacy in proposed rule

By Joseph Conn  |  March 20, 2015

Electronic health-record interoperability is at the heart of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's half of a two-pronged federal rule-making effort announced Friday.

Meaningful-use Stage 3 rule expected within days

By Darius Tahir  |  March 16, 2015

A proposed final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health-record meaningful-use program is expected as soon as Wednesday, an HHS official told Modern Healthcare.

HIMSS show will spotlight interoperability solutions

By Joseph Conn  |  March 07, 2015

Interoperability, cybercrime and George W. Bush, the first presidential patron of health information technology, will be the three biggest draws at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention, running April 12-16 in Chicago.

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

Feds set 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 31, 2015

Federal health information technology policymakers will turn up the pressure this year on healthcare providers, electronic health-record systems developers and health information- exchange operators to connect their computer systems and share patient data across the nation.

Washington bets $215 million on precision medicine

By Darius Tahir  |  January 31, 2015

The White House last Friday proposed providing $215 million in funding for a sweeping effort involving the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to help fulfill the promise of what President...

Federal health IT coordinator sets 2017 goal for interoperability

By Joseph Conn  |  January 30, 2015

A new report from the federal health IT coordinator calls for most providers to be able to use their EHR systems to send, receive and use “a common set of electronic clinical information ... at the nationwide level by the end of 2017.”

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

CMS bends on reporting periods for meaningful use

By Darius Tahir  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS announced Thursday that it is considering proposals to shorten the meaningful-use reporting period to 90 days in 2015, something providers and others have been requesting.

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