As of the end of April, more than $14.6 billion in EHR Incentive Program payments have been paid out by the federal government to eligible providers and hospitals in the program, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
June 4, 2013 Jeff Smith, Director of Public Policy at CHIME
Recently, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released programmatic guidance for State HIE grantees who act as Health Information Service Providers (HISPs) for providers to engage in Direct, point-to-point, exchange.
June 3, 2013 Carl Dolezal, Senior Manager, Aspen Advisors
Did you finish the last year attesting for meaningful use Stage 1? If you did, congratulations! You may be thinking you just made it, you’re aware that Stage 2 is waiting for you, and you’re thankful to have preparation time. Before you rest too much, remember that the Stage 2 clock is ticking. It requires that a patient portal be in place and establishes an active role for patients to meet required thresholds.
On Wednesday, March 6, in an appearance at the HIMSS Conference in New Orleans, Marilyn Tavenner, R.N. , acting administrator of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed during a presentation at the conference that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) would delay the release of a preliminary rule for Stage 3 of meaningful use under HITECH until after the end of calendar year 2013, in order for CMS and ONC officials to be able to “digest” input and feedback from healthcare leaders on lessons being learned in Stage 2 of MU. What do you think? Please take our poll!
The latest negative article finds that sales are up for EHR vendors who lobbied for the incentives, and it implies that increasing those sales and the salaries of its executives was the real purpose of the exercise.
February 11, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
Direction The federal Health IT Policy Committee met for their monthly meeting this past week in Washington and Meaningful Use Stage 3 was back on the agenda. In under a month, ONC staff culled through more than 500 comments submitted to the Policy Committee that underscored concerns regarding the timing of Stage 3, the growing list of competing priorities for providers and a feeling that more interoperability limitations needed to be addressed.
After hearing public comment on Feb. 6 that its proposals for Stage 3 may overwhelm vendors and providers still grappling with Stages 1 and 2, the Health IT Policy Committee’s Meaningful Use Work Group went back to the drawing board Feb. 8 to consider alternative approaches.
January 22, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
The Federal Health IT Policy Committee has been working for months on developing measures and objectives for Stage 3 Meaningful Use and in November they shared those thoughts with the wider health IT community of stakeholders for input. Recently, CHIME submitted a response to the HIT Policy Committee, urging caution about the assumed pace and practicality of those Stage 3 measures.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is calling on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), to delay implementation of meaningful use Stage 3 until 2017, the association said in a comment letter to ONC National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, M.D.
January 15, 2013 Jeff Smith, Assistant Director of Advocacy at CHIME
According to officials at CMS, December was the single largest monthly payout of EHR incentives in the program’s history. Roughly $1.2 billion went to eligible hospitals and eligible physicians in December, bringing the total estimated payout to $10.3 billion. The bulk of the payments went to EHs, who received $1 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments. EPs received $175 million in Medicare payments and $80 million in Medicaid payments.
On Jan. 14, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) submitted formal comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in response to the release of the Health IT Policy Committee’s proposal for Stage 3 of meaningful use.