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Practice Makes Perfect: Final rule expands meaningful-use reporting options for 2014
Robert Tennant | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members’ most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we’ll tackle No. 8 on that list: participating in the CMS’...
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EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels
By Joseph Conn | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.
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AMA letter offers extensive criticism of meaningful-use program
By Darius Tahir | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Medical Association and several other large healthcare organizations are lobbing more complaints at HHS over its incentive program for electronic health records.
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ONC report confirms struggles on EHR interoperability
By Darius Tahir | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare information-sharing is largely stuck in neutral, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report on electronic health-record adoption, released Thursday.
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Information
Interoperability proving more elusive than once thought
U.S. News & World Report | October 08, 2014
Interoperability of health information systems is a centerpiece of Stage 2 of the federal meaningful-use incentive program for electronic health records—a phase that began a full year ago for some hospitals—but as the thousands of providers struggling to make the jump from Stage 1 are...
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CMS reopens application process for meaningful-use hardship exemption
By Darius Tahir | October 07, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS on Tuesday reopened its hardship exemption application for providers and hospitals, allowing applicants who claim they have certain unavoidable hardships to avoid financial penalties stemming from not complying with the agency's meaningful-use requirements for electronic health records.
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Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say
By Darius Tahir | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
If digital cloud technology proponents have their way, the field of radiology will be transformed, with major changes in who does the work of reading images, and where and how it's done.
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Information
As meaningful-use reporting deadline nears, CMS reveals hardship exception figures
Bloomberg BNA | October 01, 2014
Roughly 44,000 providers applied for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use program this year in hopes of avoiding a Medicare penalty next year, the CMS said Sept. 29.
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CMS urged to fix meaningful-use program flaw, prevent penalties
Joseph Conn | September 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Two members of Congress and the Medical Group Management Association are calling on the CMS to address a programming problem that threatens to saddle some physicians and other eligible professionals with Medicare payment penalties in 2015.
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Late update in EHR incentive program system could mean penalties for some
Joseph Conn | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Through no fault of their own, a subset of physicians and other health professionals participating in the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program may get hit with Medicare penalties next year.
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