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Late update in EHR incentive program system could mean penalties for some
By 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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House bill answers providers' anxiety over EHR reporting
By Joseph Conn | September 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With pressure mounting on HHS to make it easier for physicians and hospitals to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records, two U.S. House members have introduced a bill that would allow providers to use a 90-day reporting period in 2015 rather than an entire year.
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News
Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use
By Joseph Conn | September 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.
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Magazine
ONC scraps proposed 2015 Edition EHR testing criteria
By Joseph Conn | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has thrown out its proposal to create nonbinding testing and certification criteria to prepare electronic health-record vendors for coming EHR requirements.
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CHIME Time: Patient engagement and a portal—valuable lessons learned
By Stephen Stewart | September 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Just like an enraged sports enthusiast would have reacted, I was crying, “Foul!” That was on my initial read of the requirements for Stage 2 of the meaningful-use program, seeing the requirements related to patient engagement and the use of a portal.
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CMS adds flexibility in EHR meaningful-use rule
By Darius Tahir | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program.
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News
CMS finalizes EHR meaningful-use rule, adds some flexibility
By Darius Tahir | August 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule. Friday's final rule left the May proposal...
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Magazine
ONC chief Karen DeSalvo on EHRs, IT safety
By Modern Healthcare | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, HHS' fifth national coordinator for health IT, discusses progress toward meaningful use of electronic health records, the push for EHR interoperability and the proposed Health IT Safety Center.
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News
Number of providers facing Stage 2 EHR hurdle puts billions at stake
By Joseph Conn | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Billions of dollars in federal electronic health-record incentive payments appear to be in jeopardy as hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals who got an early start on the payment program face a more stringent set of criteria this year, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis of...
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Vital Signs
Allscripts users hear financial, population health pep talks
By Joseph Conn | August 13, 2014
Allscripts CEO Paul Black, speaking Wednesday at the company's annual user conference, pivoted between assuring clients of the company's fiscal health and highlighting its focus on providers' needs for products geared toward population health management.
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