Ambulatory Care

Meaningful Use Does Not Indicate Higher Quality of Care, Study Finds

April 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
A new report on physicians indicates that those who were meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs) did not consistently score higher on quality of care measures than those who non meaningful users.

Providers Identify Workflow Challenges with Stage 2 Transitions of Care

April 8, 2014     David Raths
At Health IT Policy Committee listening sessions on Stage 2 transition-of-care requirements, providers and vendors identified health exchange ecosystem maturity levels and workflow changes as their biggest challenges.

Standards Committee’s Take on MU Stage 3? Too Prescriptive!

March 26, 2014     David Raths
The March 26 Health IT Standards Committee meeting reviewed the Policy Committee’s Stage 3 recommendations. Led by Standards Task Force chair John Halamka, M.D., the committee covered a range of topics, including patient engagement and care coordination. The...

AHRQ Has a Dozen MU Stage 3 Research Projects Under Way

March 24, 2014     David Raths
The 12 projects sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are designed to produce results by June 2014 that will be taken into consideration during the regulatory process to shape final Stage 3 objectives. The research projects will propose...

Arizona to Study Unique Patient Identifiers

March 21, 2014     David Raths
Like most states, Arizona is in a transition period in terms of health IT initiatives. It has made great progress in EHR adoption (80 percent) and has a statewide health information exchange with a sustainable business model that includes funding from both...

Healthcare Organizations Haven't Maximized Full Potential of Meaningful Use

March 18, 2014     John DeGaspari
According to a recent survey conducted by Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc., 70 percent of respondents noted that, while their organizations have met meaningful use requirements, they have not been able to maximize the full potential of meaningful use...

Health IT Policy Committee Approves MU Stage 3 Recommendations

March 11, 2014     David Raths
After a contentious March 11 Health IT Policy Committee meeting, members of the federal advisory committee voted to approve the Meaningful Use Work Group’s Stage 3 recommendations. After earlier feedback from the Policy Committee, the Meaningful Use Workgroup...

4 National Coordinators Take the Stage Together

February 26, 2014     David Raths
The CCHIT Summit on Wednesday morning at HIMSS in Orlando brought four of the five people who have held the position of national coordinator of health IT together for a panel discussion. (David Blumenthal, M.D., who ushered in the meaningful use era, could not...

Work Group Scales Back Number of Stage 3 Meaningful Use Objectives

February 19, 2014     David Raths
With feedback from the Health IT Policy Committee that it should scale back the number of objectives in Stage 3 of meaningful use, the Meaningful Use Work Group held a session Feb. 19 to cull several objectives, including several having to do with public...

How Would Proposed SGR Repeal Impact Meaningful Use Program?

February 7, 2014     David Raths
The proposed law would create a “Merit-Based Incentive Payment System” (MIPS) that would consolidate three existing incentive programs, continuing the focus on quality, resource use, and meaningful electronic health record (EHR) use with which professionals...

Health IT Policy Committee Eyes 2014 Work Plan

February 4, 2014     David Raths
The work plan calls for the HIT Policy Committee to approve Stage 3 recommendations in March, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from CMS in the fall, and a final rule in the first half of 2015, to become effective in 2017.

When Does It Make Sense to Outsource Quality Measure Reporting?

January 23, 2014     David Raths
Physician networks face an alphabet soup of acronyms in the array of quality measure reporting programs they participate in: MU, PQRS and ACO, just to name a few. Even organizations that are relatively sophisticated in terms of technology deployment may still...
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