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ONC Data Reveals Top Vendors Used for Meaningful Use Program

July 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released data for the health IT vendors most used by providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

CMS’ Latest Proposed MU Changes Again Raise Questions around Patient Engagement

July 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Earlier this month, CMS announced that it was streamlining reporting requirements for hospitals and EPs participating in the meaningful use program. But, other new proposals from CMS bring on more questions about patient engagement.

NCPA Senior Fellow Calls MACRA “A Poor Solution”

July 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) has assessed that the "doc fix” contained in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is fiscally irresponsible, and will only increase federal control over how doctors practice...

Healthcare Association Advocacy Leaders Offer Perspectives on CMS’s MACRA Timeline Challenges

July 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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The statement made by CMS’s Andy Slavitt that the agency might provide some flexibility around the provisions of physician reporting under MACRA caused a stir among providers; still, the time is now to prepare, say advocacy leaders

ONC Announces Phase 1 Winners of Two Health Data Access App Challenges

July 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the Phase 1 winners of two app challenges centering around making electronic health data easier to access and use for both consumers and providers.

ONC Certifies Carefluence OpenAPI Platform to Meet MU Stage 3 Interoperability Requirements

July 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (ONC) has certified the Carefluence OpenAPI platform as the first of its kind to fully comply with meaningful use Stage 3 interoperability requirements using the FHIR (Fast Healthcare...

Physician Association CAPG Urges Feds to Keep MACRA Start Date

July 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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While various healthcare association groups are pushing for a delay to the start of MACRA, one association representing physician organizations is urging the feds to stay on track.

Washington Debrief: CMS Announces MU Changes

July 11, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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CMS announces a 90-day Meaningful Use reporting period for 2016, and fewer measures and lower thresholds for 2017 and 2018!

Study Finds that Public HIE Efforts are Declining as Researchers Question Their Long-Term Viability

July 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The number of community and state health information exchange (HIE) efforts—either in operational or planning mode—is declining, leaving the viability of broad clinical data exchange uncertain, according to new research in the July issue of Health Affairs.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Proposes MU Program Changes, Including 90-Day Reporting Period in 2016

July 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
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On Wednesday afternoon, July 6, CMS announced that it was changing what had been a requirement for a year-long EHR reporting period in 2016, to a 90-day period, for hospitals and eligible providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

C-CDA Documents Omit Key Clinical Information, Researchers Find

July 6, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although progress has been made since Stage 1 of the meaningful use program, any expectation that C-CDA documents could provide complete and consistently structured patient data is premature, according to new research published in JAMIA.

Will CMS Officials Heed Association Leaders’ Concerns on MIPS/MACRA, as We Surge Ahead Into the New Healthcare?

July 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As healthcare professional associations weigh in with a plentiful list of concerns about CMS’s proposed rule on physician payment requirements under MACRA, MIPS, will senior agency officials consider carefully what provider leaders are saying about the high-speed...
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