Washington Debrief: House Approves Bill to Exempt Ambulatory Surgical Centers from MU

March 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a bill to exempt patient encounters that take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from counting toward meaningful use requirements. There is currently no requirement that ambulatory surgery...

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

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

Business Intelligence for ACOs: Where’s the Urgency?

February 23, 2015     Joe Marion
In this age of accountable care, there are increasing demands for data for reporting and reimbursement purposes. Since healthcare providers are often structured around clinical departments, much of the data pertinent to accountable care may be managed/stored...

Washington Debrief: CMS Seeks Input on Primary Care Innovations

February 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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...

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
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
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
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
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
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

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

January 29, 2015     Gabriel Perna and Mark Hagland
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.

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015     Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...

Washington Debrief: President Outlines Vision for Stronger Cybersecurity

January 26, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
During his State of the Union address, President Obama called on lawmakers to pass comprehensive cybersecurity legislation that would focus on: increased information sharing, modernization of law enforcement agencies, and national data breach reporting. The...
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