DeSalvo Not a Fan of Boston Globe Front-page Article

July 28, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the National Coordinator for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services, wrote a letter to The Boston Globe, in response to a controversial front-page article the paper ran on electronic medical records (EMRs) and patient safety.

Washington Debrief: Senate Funding Report Tells ONC to Focus on Interoperability

July 28, 2014     Jeff Smith, Senior Director of Federal Affairs
The Senate Appropriations Committee released draft spending legislation and report language for the Department of Health and Human Services for Fiscal Year 2015, specifying funding priorities at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC),...

Is Upcoding a Problem? Not Quite, Say Researchers

July 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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