Tech firms refocus to address Stage 3 meaningful-use rules

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 10, 2015

A new group of innovators are entering the final phase of the federal electronic health-record program as its focus shifts away from implementation and toward quality outcomes and patient-centered data exchange.

Final Stage 3 EHR rule is out, but HHS signals more changes ahead

Final Stage 3 EHR rule is out, but HHS signals more changes ahead

By Joseph Conn  |  October 06, 2015

The Obama administration, under pressure to ease its mandates for the use of electronic health records, issued regulations for the current and final stages of its incentive program for the technology. But officials also acknowledged the new rules are almost guaranteed to be revised.

The consumer digital health market still revolves around providers, payers

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 06, 2015

Consumers may be controlling more of their healthcare dollars, but people in digital health know who keeps their industry afloat: doctors, hospitals and insurers. Providers and payers are still at the center of healthcare's money flow, say investors at the Health 2.0 conference in Silicon Valley.

New federal health IT strategy focuses on individuals

By Joseph Conn  |  September 21, 2015

The new federal health IT plan focuses less on the implementation of IT systems and more on patients and their healthcare. “As an administration, we're putting the person at the center of their own health data," ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo said.

EHR vendors fall short on usability testing

EHR vendors fall short on usability testing

By Joseph Conn  |  September 09, 2015

Despite federal rules meant to ease the use of electronic health-record systems, many developers of popular EHRs are falling down on reporting and meeting federal design requirements, according to research published in JAMA.

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

Meaningful use of EHRs by doctors fell in 2014

By Joseph Conn  |  August 12, 2015

Participation by office-based physicians in the electronic health-record incentive payment program waned significantly in 2014, the program's fourth year, as clinicians faced system upgrades and tougher requirements.

Senate panel seeks Stage 3 meaningful-use delay

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.

Senate panel will push HHS to delay Stage 3 MU rules

Senate panel will push HHS to delay Stage 3 MU rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 23, 2015

The Senate HELP Committee wants to delay Stage 3 meaningful-use rules, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said during a news conference Thursday. It's one recommendation in an effort to get providers on board to adopt EHRs.

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates'

'Health insurers are refusing to pay fair market rates'

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

American Medical Association President Dr. Steven Stack discusses the AMA's position on possible changes to the ACA, its stance on electronic health record meaningful-use rules, and his views on regulating surprise out-of-network medical bills.

Bill aims to free ASC docs from some meaningful-use rules

By Joseph Conn  |  June 24, 2015

The Senate Finance Committee began marking up a bipartisan bill meant to adjust meaningful-use requirements for physicians using ambulatory surgery centers. The legislation would protect providers from possible Medicare reimbursement penalties by excluding ASC patient visits from counting toward...

Keep meaningful-use requirements, IT experts tell Senate panel

By Joseph Conn  |  June 16, 2015

Three health IT experts told members of a Senate committee Tuesday to stay the course on the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program and its increasingly tough meaningful-use requirements, arguing that the program's benefits outweigh its problems.

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