CMS extends meaningful-use deadline, this time for providers

By Darius Tahir  |  February 25, 2015

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 health IT payments top $28 billion after December surge

By Joseph Conn  |  February 13, 2015

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.

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

Guest commentary: Moving healthcare into a new state of openness

By Dr. John Halamka and Jonathan Bush  |  February 13, 2015

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.

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.

Dems balk on medical technology bill

By Darius Tahir  |  January 28, 2015

Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee have withdrawn support from legislation that would loosen regulatory requirements on a broad range of new healthcare technologies, sources close to the legislative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.

AMA-led group asks feds to redo EHR testing program

By Joseph Conn  |  January 23, 2015

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.

IT headaches await next CMS administrator

IT headaches await next CMS administrator

By Joseph Conn  |  January 16, 2015

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.

Electronic records access expensive—for patients

By Darius Tahir  |  January 08, 2015

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.

EHR Stage 3 proposals go to OMB, hint at changes

By Darius Tahir  |  January 07, 2015

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.

Outlook 2015: Health IT

Outlook 2015: Health IT

By Joseph Conn  |  January 03, 2015

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.

Providers balk as CMS announces penalties for 2013 EHR issues

By Joseph Conn  |  December 18, 2014

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.

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