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GAO Report: MU Requirements Impede EHR Interoperability

October 1, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
A new report from the Government Accountability Office has outlined five key factors—in addition to meaningful use program requirements—that are slowing down the progress of electronic health record (EHR) interoperability.

House Members Push for Stage 3 Delay in Letter to HHS, OMB

September 29, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and 115 other members of the House have written and signed a letter urging Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) administrators to delay the final rulemaking for Stage 3 of the...

Washington Debrief: Meaningful Use Rulemaking at Forefront of Public Policy Activities

September 28, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
In a meeting with high-level administration officials last Friday, CHIME emphasized that a final rule modifying parts of Stage 2 needs to be published immediately.

Technology-Related Costs on the Rise for Medical Practices

September 25, 2015     Heather Landi
Physician owned, multispecialty practices are spending significantly more on technology, up almost 34 percent from four years ago, according to a Medical Group Management Association report.

How Atrius Health is Standing Tall Among Pioneer ACOs

September 22, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Despite there being uneven ACO results across the U.S., a focus on quality and a history in working in value-based payment models has helped one Pioneer ACO stand atop New England.

Study: HITECH Act Boosted EHR Use, Misses Mark with Interoperability

September 22, 2015     Heather Landi
Significant policy changes, such as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, have advanced the adoption of health information technology (HIT), but, so far, these efforts have missed the overall goal of creating an...

Washington Debrief: Senate Committee Chair Calls for Immediate Release of Modifications Rule, Delay in Stage 3 Rulemaking

September 21, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) last week called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to immediately release the meaningful use modifications rule. Speaking at a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, the chairman also urged...

ONC: Physician EHR Adoption Continues to Grow

September 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Physician adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems has increased substantially over the last decade, even among physicians not participating in EHR Incentive Programs, according to a September data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for...

Calls for MU Stage 3 Delay Get Louder

September 18, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The American Medical Association (AMA) has made no secret in its desire to push back rulemaking for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Now, it has the official support of 41 medical societies.

Senate HELP Committee Chairman Once Again Calls for Stage 3 Delay in Latest Hearing

September 16, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
During a Sept. 16 Senate hearing on improving care through patient access to their records, Senate HELP Chair Lamar Alexander once again made his thoughts clear about the need for a Stage 3 delay.

Nursing Academy Calls for Social, Behavioral Data to be Included in EHRs

September 15, 2015     Heather Landi
The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) stated in a recent policy brief that social and behavioral health data needs to be included in electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care and population health outcomes.

Washington Debrief: Uptick in Providers and Hospitals Swapping EHR Systems in 2014

September 14, 2015     Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
According to data released last week by the Office of the National Coordinator, more eligible hospitals and physicians replaced their electronic health record (EHR) systems in 2014 than any other previous year.
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