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Meaningful Use Problems Go Beyond Just Software, Say “Stage 2 Flexibility” Critics

Gabriel Perna
The final rule for meaningful use Stage 2 flexibility, released late on Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is not as popular as the government probably would have liked.

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Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: Board Chair-Elect Chuck Christian on the Meaningful Use Journey

October 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Chuck Christian, CIO at St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia, and board chair-elect of CHIME, discusses meaningful use—his own organization’s journey, and that of the industry as a whole

ONC: DeSalvo Will Maintain Leadership at Agency, Focus on Ebola

October 29, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite stepping away from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to be part of the Ebola response team, Karen DeSalvo, M.D. will maintain her leadership at the agency, according to an ONC blog post on Tuesday afternoon.

AMA Urges CMS to Better Align MU, Other Federal Programs

October 27, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to align federal regulations such as the meaningful use program, the physician quality reporting system (PQRS), and the value-based...

Public vs. Private HIEs (Part 2)

October 24, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Leading HIE executives share their thoughts at the HIE landscape and different operational models in a time of uncertainty for the industry. Part 2 of this four-part series is with Michael Matthews, CEO of the regional HIE, MedVirginia.

In Manhattan, One Radiology Group Pushes Ahead on Meaningful Use

October 22, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As the meaningful use process evolves forward, many radiology group leaders continue to face questions around MU in the radiological context. But East River Medical Imaging in Manhattan is pushing ahead anyway.

Washington Debrief: ONC Receives Praise and Criticism for Interoperability Roadmap

October 20, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) introduced a new set of details regarding their interoperability roadmap last week, garnering both praise and criticism during a joint meeting of the Health IT Policy and Health IT Standards committees...

AMA’s Letter Outlines Recommendations for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

October 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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The American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter this week to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) with recommendations for Stage 3 of meaningful use.

Provider Advocacy Groups Express Concern to Burwell over Meaningful Use

October 15, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A group of stakeholders sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell expressing concern with the meaningful use program and the current state of interoperability and usability of health information technology.

Washington Debrief: ONC Highlights Interoperability in Annual Report

October 14, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) filed their annual report to Congress this week, touting an enhanced focus on interoperability, citing the 10-year road map currently under development.

KLAS Report: Providers’ Interoperability Success Due To Own Efforts, Not Their EMR Vendors

October 14, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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According to a recent KLAS report, most provider organizations feel moderately successful achieving interoperability, though inter-vendor cooperation remains a big concern. The report’s author, Colin Buckley, digs deeper into the study’s findings.

Congresswoman: I Remain Committed to Easing Stage 2 Reporting Requirements

October 14, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In praising the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for extending the Meaningful Use hardship exemption, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers stated she remains committed to passing a law that would ease Stage 2 reporting requirements.

Study: Less Than 10 Percent of Patient Data Needs to be Structured to Meet MU

October 14, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Less than 10 percent of the data collected in a typical patient note is actually required to be structured in order to meet meaningful use, according to a study by WebChartMD, a software development company specializing in clinical documentation workflow...