Dr. Karen DeSalvo has completed her leg of the marathon federal program to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. And she managed to finish without tripping over some of the biggest hurdles in the initiative's history.
Most physicians are expected to opt for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, known as MIPS, rather than assume the downside risk of alternative payment models.
Athenahealth's Merit-based Incentive Payment System Guarantee will give providers data support needed to collect data and handle reporting required under MIPS.
The CMS will once again offer hospitals a 90-day electronic health record reporting period as they continue to struggle to adopt meaningful-use requirements.
Healthcare providers looking to upgrade to the latest government-approved electronic health record systems got a signal this week that the products are in the pipeline, though they may be six or more months away from reaching the market.
The new draft regulations designed to change how Medicare pays clinicians represent the most sweeping overhaul the CMS has made in a long time to the business of running a physician practice.
Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime the government has used for the past five years to judge whether providers deserved to be rewarded for using electronic health records.
Medicare's new system for paying physicians will kill off the so-called “meaningful use” regime for measuring EHR use. The CMS promises a more flexible approach that focuses on making relevant information accessible to clinicians and patients.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the Obama administration's national coordinator of health information technology and acting assistant secretary for health at HHS, discussed the future of health IT with Modern Healthcare last week at HIMSS.
Obama administration officials kicked off HIMSS16 with a pledge from major industry players to promote patients' access to their own EHRs, eschew data-blocking and use federal standards to promote interoperability. But will it matter any more than previous promises?
Implementing physician payment reform, dealing with changes in drug prices and adapting to alternative payment models will be on the agenda next week when America's Health Insurance Plans hosts its annual health policy conference in Washington, D.C.
From my perspective, health information technology today serves as a primary catalyst and strategic asset for change benefiting patients, especially in three vital areas—payment reform, technology interoperability and telehealth.