Deven McGraw Gives Stage 3 Predictions (Part 1 of 2)

January 29, 2015     Gabriel Perna
In part one 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 why “interoperability only” is an...

MGMA Applauds CMS' Move on Meaningful Use

January 29, 2015     Mark Hagland
The Medical Group Management Association pronounced itself "encouraged" by the Jan. 29 announcement that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was modifying key aspects of the meaningful use program

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.

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...

Top Ten Tech Trends: Closing the Gaps in Transitions of Care

January 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The movement of a patient from one setting of care to another—and the electronic documentation of that movement—is vital in accurately being able to tell the patient’s entire story, but has also become an area that providers have struggled with in terms of...

Washington Debrief: Strong Finish for MU in 2014 Doesn’t Allay 2015 Concerns

January 20, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The percentage of hospitals required to meet Stage 2 measures grows from 51 percent (2,563) in 2014 to 80 percent (3,952) in 2015. With such a large portion of the nation’s hospitals required to meet Stage 2 for the entire year, CHIME and other organizations...

Industry Stakeholders React--Or Not--to Tavenner's Departure

January 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Some in healthcare are remembering Marilyn Tavenner's time as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a positive light, while hoping for a quick transition under the new leadership. Others are remaining quiet, opting not...

No Time For Debbie Downers: Latest MU Results Offer Something to Ponder

January 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
Some good news on Stage 2 meaningful use attestation has come at a time when good news around meaningful use has been at a premium

Health IT VC Funding More Than Doubles in 2014

January 15, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector in 2014 more than doubled last year’s total, coming in at $4.7 billion, according a new report from consulting firm Mercom Capital Group.

MU Stage 2-Eligible Hospital Attestation Rate: 77 Percent

January 13, 2015     David Raths
With one month left in the 2014 reporting period, 77 percent of hospitals eligible to attest to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program have already done so, according to figures presented at the Jan. 13, 2015, HIT Policy Committee meeting.

Flex-IT Act Reintroduced, CHIME and Others Pleased

January 13, 2015     Gabriel Perna
A piece of proposed legislation that would require the government to establish a shortened reporting period for meaningful use Stage 2 reporting in 2015 is being reintroduced.

Healthcare Fraud: One Expert Shares a Trans-Industry Perspective

January 12, 2015     Mark Hagland
As healthcare fraud of all types becomes, distressingly, more common every day, Mark Ford of Deloitte shares his perspectives on what healthcare leaders are doing right—and wrong—these days
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