Ambulatory Care

Population Health Would be Easy, If it Wasn’t for Our Patients!

February 24, 2015     Pete Rivera
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We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Washington Debrief: CMS Seeks Input on Primary Care Innovations

February 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) asking for input on how to test new models of advanced primary care. The deadline for comment is March 16, 2015. The RFI includes questions specific to how...

The Interoperability Blues

February 17, 2015     David Raths
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Interoperability is the buzzword du jour. It is the focus of almost every 2015 conference, white paper, road map, etc. That is why I believe it is important to get reminders from chief information officers and physician leaders themselves of what the actual pain...

Is the AMA Right in Calling Meaningful Use “Still Broken”?

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The AMA comes out to decry low eligible-professional attestation rates so far under Stage 2 of meaningful use—but could the use of hyperbolic language end up being counter-productive?

AMA Notes Low “EP” Stage 2 MU Attestation Rate, Calls MU “Still Broken”

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Following the recent revelation of relatively low rates of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation on the part of eligible providers, the AMA on Feb. 11 released a public statement decrying core elements of the meaningful use program

Washington Debrief: Examining the Latest Meaningful Use Announcement

February 9, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy and Leslie Krigstein, Director of Congressional Affairs
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In light of the latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement concerning meaningful use, CHIME’s Public Policy team will host a webinar on Feb 12, 2015 at noon ET. The webinar will also provide an outlook for major policy drivers in...

Deven McGraw Gives Stage 3 Predictions (Part 2 of 2)

February 5, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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In part two of a two-part interview series, Deven McGraw, a Washington D.C.-based partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, gives her predictions for Stage 3 of meaningful use. She explains that Stage 3 is the last shot at maximizing...

Of Thoreau and Thoughtful Standards: Building Foundations for Interoperability’s Worthy “Castles in the Air”

February 4, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The Jan. 30 release of the interoperability roadmap from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, followed by statements made by ONC leaders at the agency’s annual meeting on Feb. 2, have cheered U.S. provider leaders

Washington Debrief: CMS Signals Additional Changes to MU

February 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a regulatory process to change the 2015 EHR reporting period to 90-days and make additional changes to the design of meaningful use, chief medical officer Patrick Conway, M.D. announced last week.

A New Dose of Realism at CMS Over Meaningful Use?

January 30, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Did Thursday’s news out of CMS signal a major shift towards greater realism on the part of federal healthcare officials? Provider association leaders can’t be blamed for hoping so

MGMA Applauds CMS' Move on Meaningful Use

January 29, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The Medical Group Management Association pronounced itself "encouraged" by the Jan. 29 announcement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was modifying key aspects of the meaningful use program

BREAKING: CMS Considering Proposing a Shortened EHR Reporting Period in 2015

January 29, 2015     Gabriel Perna and Mark Hagland
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In news that will surely make much of the healthcare IT world happy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intentions to shorten meaningful use reporting in 2015 from a full-year to 90-days.
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