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July 15, 2015  4:47 PM

Meaningful use targeted

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, CHIME, Meaningful use

Meaningful use is in the spotlight again, but not necessarily in a good way. The American Medical Association’s (AMA) call this week to “reboot” government regulation of EHRs is the latest in a series of salvos against CMS’ meaningful use program, with some key healthcare and health IT...

July 8, 2015  3:49 PM

New CMS data digs into big money paid to docs by manufacturers

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, CMS, Open Payments

Last year, manufacturers of drugs and other medical products, along with group purchasing organizations, spent $6.49 billion on U.S. physicians and teaching hospitals for such items as travel expenses, meals, entertainment, gifts, educational materials and participating on paid advisory...

July 7, 2015  12:25 PM

CMS, AMA announce plans to help providers through ICD-10 conversion

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
AMA, CMS, ICD-10, ICD-10 conversion, ICD-10 implementation, ICD-10 readiness

After formerly questioning how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is handling the upcoming ICD-10 conversion, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced it will work with CMS on programs and educational sessions to assist providers in switching over to ICD-10.

June 11, 2015  7:28 AM

ICD-10 codes elicit humor

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AHIMA, AMA, ICD-10, Meaningful use

“Struck by Orca” is by no means the most obscure or unintentionally humorous entry in the voluminous catalog of new ICD-10 codes for medical conditions. But it is, indeed, the memorable Twitter handle of the publisher of an

February 11, 2015  1:26 PM

Group representing ACOs asks for Shared Savings Program overhaul

Alex Delvecchio Alex Delvecchio Profile: Alex Delvecchio
accountable care organizations, ACO, AMA, Medicare Shared Savings Program

Changes proposed by CMS to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that could also alter the future of accountable care organizations (ACOs) aren't significant enough to satisfy a collection of healthcare provider groups. The opposing group comprises provider healthcare improvement alliance Premier,...

October 29, 2014  11:54 AM

DeSalvo still running ONC

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, DeSalvo, Interoperability, Meaningful use, ONC

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., is still in charge. That unambiguous message was embedded in a low-profile post on ONC's blog, "Health IT Buzz," a few days after the agency blasted out news to the world that...

October 20, 2014  1:49 PM

AMA proposes changes to meaningful use program

MonicaVallejo Profile: MonicaVallejo
AMA, CMS, EHR adoption, Meaningful use, meaningful use attestation

The American Medical Association (AMA) lobbied the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement its version of a revamped meaningful use program in a 30-page letter. The...

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...

July 21, 2014  4:04 PM

American Medical Association blasts meaningful use guidelines

Shaun Sutner Shaun Sutner Profile: Shaun Sutner
AMA, EHR attestation process, Meaningful use

The American Medical Association is blasting the federal government's proposed changes to the EHR meaningful use incentive program for 2014. "The proposed rule does not address our overarching concern with the MU program, which is the "all-or-nothing" mandate on physicians, James Madara, M.D.,...

May 7, 2012  8:53 AM

Comments closing for meaningful use stage 2 proposed rule

AnneSteciw Profile: AnneSteciw
AHA, AMA, CHIME, Meaningful use, meaningful use stage 2, patient engagement

As the meaningful use stage 2 comment period comes to a close, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will have its hands full gathering and analyzing all the feedback received. Reactions to

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