ARRA/HITECH

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

March 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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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...

A New Approach To Protecting Healthcare Data Security

March 2, 2015     Marc Probst, vice president and CIO at Intermountain Healthcare
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To tackle the problem of cybercrime, the vast cadre of talent in the industry should take a new approach: curtail the current “audits and penalties” approach and work together to fix the root of the problem by building an infrastructure that can truly protect...

AMA’s Stack: CMS Should Have Declared Victory After Stage 1, Gotten Out of the Way

March 2, 2015     David Raths
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Meaningful use Stage 1 helped create a vibrant health IT sector, said Steven Stack, M.D., AMA's president-elect. But he added that one of the things the government doesn't do well is course-correct.

CMS Pushes Back Deadline for Medicare EHR Incentive Program

February 25, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving Medicare-eligible professionals a few extra weeks to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

Washington Debrief: CMS Seeks Input on Primary Care Innovations

February 23, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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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: President Signs Executive Order for Unity in Cybersecurity

February 17, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy and Leslie Krigstein, Director of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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President Obama, last Friday, signed an executive order to promote more information sharing about cyberthreats – both within the private sector and between the government and private sector.

Is the AMA Right in Calling Meaningful Use “Still Broken”?

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The AMA comes out to decry low eligible-professional attestation rates so far under Stage 2 of meaningful use—but could the use of hyperbolic language end up being counter-productive?

AMA Notes Low “EP” Stage 2 MU Attestation Rate, Calls MU “Still Broken”

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Following the recent revelation of relatively low rates of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation on the part of eligible providers, the AMA on Feb. 11 released a public statement decrying core elements of the meaningful use program

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
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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...

Digging Deeper Into Transitions of Care With an MU Expert

February 5, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Expanding on HCI’s Top Ten Tech Trend on transitions of care, a health IT policy expert from The Advisory Board gives a detailed look on one MU requirement that has given providers significant trouble.

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

February 5, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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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
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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
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