The CMS paid out more than $380 million in incentive payments through its physician quality-reporting system and electronic-prescribing incentive programs, but more than 400,000 providers accepted pay cuts rather than participate.
It's easy to find condemnations of the lack of electronic data-sharing between providers these days. And yet, according to IT vendors, data-sharing is on the upswing.
The CMS floated a slate of tweaks to Medicare's quality- and safety-reporting requirements in its sweeping proposed rule for 2016 inpatient hospital rates.
Bruce Smith, senior vice president of information systems and chief information officer at Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, discusses the challenges of having multiple EHR systems in his organization, Advocate's readiness for the conversion to ICD-10 coding, and his views on federal...
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the head of HHS' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, says it's time to take the data created by the sweeping adoption of electronic health records and set it free. Her office is under pressure to make that happen.
After years of saddling their customers and outside firms with substantial fees for interfaces and other costs for interoperability, vendors of electronic health-record systems are now engaged in what looks like an interoperability price war.
ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo stopped short of denouncing a recently released CMS proposed rule that patient-engagement advocates say is a step backward for their cause. Instead, she hopes a “call to action” by Dr. Farzad Mostashari seeking to force the CMS to walk back the proposed rule...
Dr. Farzad Mostashari has come out against a provision in a proposed CMS rule that would significantly weaken a requirement for healthcare providers to promote patient access to their healthcare information.
The Medicare SGR replacement bill that most likely will pass Congress this week makes sweeping changes to Medicare's programs for rewarding or penalizing physicians on quality, cost and their adoption of EHRs. It also gives medical specialty boards an unwarranted role in how those rewards or...
The CMS intends to give more flexibility to hospitals, office-based physicians and other healthcare providers to meet federal targets for the meaningful use of electronic health records, according to a proposed rule the agency issued late Friday.
Federal health IT officials are calling out providers and technology vendors for business practices that block the electronic transfer of patient information.
The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.