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EHR incentive program


August 11, 2015  10:25 AM

Flex-IT 2: Another crack at changing meaningful use reporting requirements

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR incentive program, Flex-IT 2, Interoperability, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation, meaningul use hardship exceptions

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) influenced some change in her previous attempt to make things simpler for providers trying to keep up with meaningful use reporting requirements. So she's trying again. H.R. 3309, the Further Flexibility in HIT Reporting and Advancing Interoperability Act -- or...

April 14, 2015  12:01 PM

Proposal would shrink 2015 meaningful use attestation period

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CHIME, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation

Following through on a promise made earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services released a proposal to relax meaningful use reporting requirements in 2015. A major piece...


September 25, 2014  3:23 PM

CMS FAQs clarify meaningful use attestation rules

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
CQMs, EHR incentive program, EHR incentives, meaningful use attestation, meaningful use stage 2

For providers working on stage 2 meaningful use attestation who have questions on criteria such as summary of care documents, clinical quality measures (CQMs) or when their EHR incentive checks will be in the mail, good...


July 31, 2014  1:53 PM

Behavioral health providers lobby Congress for meaningful use inclusion

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
AMA, behavioral health, certified EHR technology, EHR incentive program

While some lobbyists and healthcare associations such as the American Medical Association are using meaningful use rollouts, schedules, criteria and incentive program administration as a political battering ram this summer, behavioral health providers are knocking on the door of the federal EHR...


February 11, 2014  11:32 AM

Meaningful use incentive payments top $19 billion, 88% of hospitals included

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
EHR incentive program, health IT policy committee, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 3

Nearly 88% of eligible hospitals have received a payment for participating in the EHR incentive program, as noted in data shared at a recent Health IT Policy Committee meeting. The payments were either given to...


July 23, 2013  2:17 PM

CMS clarifies meaningful use eligibility for retired providers

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
CMS, EHR incentive program, medicare

Providers who retire or opt out of Medicare after successfully attesting to the meaningful use program will still receive an incentive payment, according to an update to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services frequently asked questions page. Providers can also


January 18, 2013  12:29 PM

CMS publishes meaningful use for specialists tipsheet

EmilyHuizenga Profile: EmilyHuizenga
CMS, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, specialist

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize that “not every meaningful use measure applies to every provider,” and some of the original policy architects have noted that the criteria were written with primary care more in mind than specialties. To help specialists understand...


January 9, 2013  3:06 PM

CMS issues EHR incentive program guidance for specialists, PCPs

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use, meaningful use incentives, meaningful use stage 2

Kicking off the new calendar year that will usher in meaningful use stage 2 for early adopters, CMS has offered clarifications on how to comply with some of the criteria that gets eligible providers (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) paid their


October 10, 2012  10:48 AM

U.S. House leaders endanger patient safety with EHR incentive gambit

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
EHR implementation, EHR incentive program, Meaningful use

In the fourth scene of the first act of Hamlet, Marcellus remarks that something is rotten in the state of Denmark. In examining the context, scholars feel Shakespeare didn't mean "state" in the sense of Danish geography. Instead he was referring to the rulers inhabiting Elsinore, the...


January 25, 2012  1:00 PM

GAO puts quality group under microscope for EHR Incentive Program lag

Don Fluckinger Profile: Don Fluckinger
CMS, EHR incentive program, EHRIP, gao, hhs, NQF

The General Accountability Office (GAO) last week issued a report focused on health IT and meaningful use. It addressed how and why U.S. Department of Health and Human...


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