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Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

Final MACRA rule expands exemptions, flexibility

By Shannon Muchmore , Shelby Livingston and Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2016

Nearly a third of physicians could be exempt from Medicare's new Merit-based Incentive Payment System under a final CMS rule for implementing MACRA. The CMS will also broaden the opportunities for physicians to join alternative models that carry bigger rate increases and bonuses.

Health IT chief DeSalvo urges more patients to seek access to electronic records

By Joseph Conn  |  April 15, 2015

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo stopped short of denouncing a recently released CMS proposed rule that patient-engagement advocates say is a step backward for their cause. Instead, she hopes a “call to action” by Dr. Farzad Mostashari seeking to force the CMS to walk back the proposed rule...

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.

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team

By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir  |  October 23, 2014

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.

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