The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House on Thursday is wired to boost the use of health information technology, even beyond electronic health records.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised.
EHR developers are hoping the draft regulations issued Friday prove more flexible and focused than earlier editions that led to delays in software certification and tripped up providers trying to meet the requirements for using the technology.
Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would make significant changes to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use EHRs. With some exceptions, hospitals, physicians and other eligible professionals would be expected to conform to the rules by...
Electronic health-record interoperability is at the heart of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's half of a two-pronged federal rule-making effort announced Friday.
The federal electronic health-record incentive program has produced too few benefits for the cost involved and imposed overly harsh mandates on providers, said senators of both parties during a hearing Tuesday.
A proposed final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health-record meaningful-use program is expected as soon as Wednesday, an HHS official told Modern Healthcare.
Healthcare employers added 23,800 jobs in February as physician offices and other ambulatory settings continued to propel growth.
Washington insiders expect the CMS to propose new requirements this month that will include the government's approach to fostering data-sharing in the use of electronic health records.
The CMS, in another show of flexibility on the meaningful-use program, extended the attestation deadline until March 20. That gives eligible providers more time to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the requirements set forth by the EHR incentive program and so avoid penalties.
Federal dollars flowing to hospitals, physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals under the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program have topped $28.1 billion, the latest CMS data show.
Dr. John Halamka and Athenahealth founder Jonathan Bush say the future of healthcare belongs to social, mobile, analytics and the cloud, and it is time for the healthcare IT industry to embrace these new technologies.