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Is Upcoding a Problem? Not Quite Say Researchers

July 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
article
There is a lot of recent focus on upcoding and fraud as it relates to EHR use. Researchers recently looked into the issue and whether or not EHR-related fraud is a serious problem. One of them talks about what they found in this Q&A with Healthcare...

Meaningful Use Flexibility Changes Not Enough, Says Provider Group

July 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) says that the Stage 2 meaningful use flexibility proposed by the government isn’t enough to prevent more providers from dropping out of the program.

HIMSS Urges Speed in Stage 2 Flexibility; Changes to 2015 Reporting Requirements

July 21, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Taking a page from its affiliated EHR Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to act quickly on...

EHNAC Develops Accreditation Program for ACOs

July 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body, has developed an accreditation program that focuses on accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Washington Debrief: Lawmaker Disappointed in ONC’s Response on Health IT Safety Center

July 21, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
article
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) expressed disappointment with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) response during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing last week regarding its authority to establish a Health IT Safety Center.

Epic Grilled by GOP Lawmaker in Regulatory Hearing over Interoperability

July 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Members from the Subcommittees on Communications and Technology charged health IT vendors, like Epic Systems, of using closed systems and failing to promote interoperability at a hearing this week.

Why the Long-Term Care Industry Needs to Get Connected (And Supported)

July 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
blog
While most of the world considers healthcare taking place in ambulatory and inpatient settings, the need for technology in the long-term post-acute care setting has only grown. But will that need be supported?

Life With a Gas Bubble

July 16, 2014     Joe Marion
blog
In my last blog, I related to the value of the senses, as I was about to face retinal surgery for a macular hole. Well, I am now two weeks post-surgery, and finally back to blogging!

House Lawmakers to CMS: Exempt Pathologists from EHR Penalties

July 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
Eighty-nine House lawmakers sent a bill to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking her to grant a hardship exemption to pathologists that would delay meaningful use requirements for eligible professionals...

Washington Debrief: Physician Pay to Encourage More Advanced Use of IT

July 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
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Beginning in 2015, physicians paid by Medicare would be eligible for expanded telehealth payments, subject to new EHR (electronic health record) requirements, and would be able to submit the same quality measures for both the Medicare Shared Savings Program...

EHR Association Seeks Speed, Added Clarity from CMS, ONC on Stage 2 Flexibility

July 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
news
The HIMSS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association, an EHR vendor trade group, is looking for speed and clarity from the government on Stage 2 of meaningful use flexibility.

Two CIOs Talk Meaningful Use Stage 2

July 8, 2014     David Raths
article
So far, only 10 hospitals have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, but on Tuesday, July 8, the Health IT Policy Committee heard from the CIO of one of them and from another about to go through the process.
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