Meaningful Use

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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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JASON Task Force: Narrow Scope of MU Stage 3 to Interoperability

October 1, 2014     David Raths
A task force is preparing recommendations for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT suggesting that in order to place a greater emphasis on interoperability, the scope of meaningful use Stage 3 should be significantly narrowed.

Stage 2 Attestations: Mount Carmel Vaults Over the MU Bar

September 30, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In Part 2 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, Mount Carmel’s chief clinical information officer discusses how the organization is moving to an integrated care delivery model.

CMS: 44,000 Have Applied for Hardship Exemption

September 30, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Approximately 44,000 eligible providers (EPs) have applied for a meaningful use exemption, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed to Healthcare Informatics.

Chadron Community Hospital Sees Benefits Upon EHR Implementation

September 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
The Chadron, Neb.-based Community Hospital and Health Services has achieved significant benefits from implementing an electronic health records (EHR) system, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Washington Debrief: CMS’s MU Registration and Attestation Website Won’t Accommodate Attestations until “Mid-October.”

September 22, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
Media outlets reported last week that CMS’s Meaningful Use Registration and Attestation website would not accommodate attestations until “mid-October.” The website must be reconfigured to accept changes made to Meaningful Use in 2014, CMS officials noted.

Stage 2 Attestations: St. Anthony’s Medical Center Stands Tall on the MU Mountain

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In Part 1 of a two-part series profiling healthcare organizations that have attested to Stage 2 of meaningful use, St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s CIO explains how it was able to overcome two of the toughest Stage 2 requirements.

RECs Support More Than 100k Providers to Demonstrate Meaningful Use

September 18, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Regional extension centers (RECs) — created to assist providers in electronic health record (EHR) implementation and health IT needs— now support more than 100,000 providers to demonstrate Stage 1 of meaningful use, according to the Office of the National...

Congresswoman's Bill Would Provide 90-Day Reporting for Stage 2

September 17, 2014     Gabriel Perna
In the thick of "National Health IT Week," Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) won a lot of friends in the health IT industry with a proposed bill that would allow providers to attest to Stage 2 of meaningful use using any 90-day reporting period in...

CHIME and 16 Other Healthcare IT Associations Call for “Immediate Action” to Amend 2015 EHR Reporting Period

September 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
In a letter to HSS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, CHIME, AMDIS, and 15 other healthcare associations and organizations asked for an immediate adjustment to the 2015 EHR reporting period embodied in the current meaningful use requirements

Washington Debrief: Burwell Confirms HHS Commitment to Innovation

September 15, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
Appearing before the Energy & Commerce Committee’s bipartisan 21st Century Cures Initiative, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmed the Department’s commitment to work with Congress to encourage innovation within the...

Another Group Weighs in on Full-Year Reporting Requirement

September 12, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is the latest advocacy group in health IT to share its displeasure with the full-year reporting requirement for Stage 2 of meaningful use.

Health IT Policy Leaders Seek Clarity: An Extended Look

September 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
As an extension of Associate Editor Rajiv Leventhal’s health IT policy piece in the September issue of Healthcare Informatics and posted online last month, legislative experts dig even deeper into the many regulatory issues weighing down the industry.