The CMS, in another show of flexibility on the meaningful-use program, extended the attestation deadline until March 20. That gives eligible providers more time to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements set forth by the EHR incentive program and so avoid penalties.
Federal dollars flowing to hospitals, physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program have topped $28.1 billion, the latest CMS data show.
Dr. John Halamka and Athenahealth founder Jonathan Bush say the future of healthcare belongs to social, mobile, analytics and the cloud, and it is time for the healthcare IT industry to embrace these new technologies.
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.
Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee have withdrawn support from legislation that would loosen regulatory requirements on a broad range of new healthcare technologies, sources close to the legislative discussions say.
The American Medical Association is calling for an overhaul of a federal program to test and certify electronic health-record systems for suitability in the EHR incentive-payment program. Its request has been joined by 34 other medical specialty societies and healthcare professional organizations.
The legacy of outgoing CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner will be inextricably intertwined with the complex pursuits of nudging the healthcare industry toward more and better use of information technology and switching to ICD-10 procedure and diagnostic codes.
Advocates of converting to electronic records hope they will democratize patient access to their own data, but the responses in a recent AHIMA survey appear to throw cold water on that expectation.
Proposed rules for Stage 3 of the meaningful-use program, scheduled to begin in 2017, and rules concerning 2015-certified electronic health-record products, are a step closer to approval.
Health IT developers and users in 2015 will need to crack the code on APIs, FHIR, DS4P, 42 CFR Part 2, ICD-10 and Stage 2 MU—shorthand for the key technology challenges looming in the year ahead.
A CMS announcement that many doctors will see their 2015 Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet federal electronic health-record incentive-payment program standards has provoked strong reactions from physician and hospital groups.
Hospitals will have an extra month to attest to having met the criteria to receive incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health records, the CMS said Monday.