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Healthcare Professional Associations Respond to New CMS Proposal for MD Reporting

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The first statements by healthcare professional associations regarding CMS’s announcement of a new quality reporting program for physicians began emerging on Wednesday evening, hours after the announcement

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Long-Awaited MACRA Proposed Rule; Program Includes MU Makeover for MDs

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CMS officials announce their plan to replace the meaningful use program for Medicare-participating physicians with a new program under the MIPS program, called Advancing Care Information

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

Study: Behavioral Health Diagnoses, Visits and Hospitalizations Underrepresented in EHRs

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Electronic health records inadequately capture mental health diagnoses, provider visits, specialty care, hospitalizations and medications, which could lead to medical errors, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Report: ONC’s Regional Extension Centers Program Boosted EHR Adoption

April 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Regional Extension Centers (RECs) program had a significant impact on increasing meaningful use success among physicians and small providers, according to an ONC report.

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Moves Ahead with Medical Innovation Legislation, Including Health IT

April 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
The Senate HELP Committee wrapped-up committee-level discussions on the Innovation for Healthier Americans initiative, including proposals to advance precision medicine and improve nationwide interoperability, sending the package of bills to the Senate floor...

Study: 75% of Adults Will Use Personal Health Records by 2020, Exceeding MU Targets

April 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Researchers have projected that 75 percent of adults will use a personal health record (PHR) by 2020, even without additional incentives, exceeding the adoption targets of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 guidelines.

CHIME, AHA Press for More Flexibility Under Meaningful Use During Health Subcommittee Hearing on MACRA Implementation

March 18, 2016  |  Heather Landi
During a U.S. House Energy Subcommittee on Health hearing this week on the implementation of Medicare payment reforms, organizations representing hospitals and the CIOs and health information technology leaders who work at hospitals called for more flexibility...

LIVE FROM HIMSS16: Time for a "Full Tune-Up" on IT Governance Processes

March 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
At HIMSS16, Ernie Hood and Kenneth Kleinberg of The Advisory Board Company share their perspectives on IT governance and management, population health, and other key topics being discussed at the conferernce

Preparing for HIMSS16: A Quarter Century In, Anticipating a New Generation of Innovation

February 24, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
As I prepare for HIMSS16, I see a U.S. healthcare industry on the cusp of fundamental change, with challenges and opportunities aplenty

Senate HELP Committee Passes Health IT Bill

February 9, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee today unanimously passed the Improving Health Information Technology Act as well as six other biomedical innovation bills with bipartisan support.

CMS Issues Guidance on MU Hardship Exemption Process, Extends Comment Period on Quality Reporting

February 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exemption process, specifically clarifying that providers are not required to submit documentation with the new...


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