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BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

Mark Hagland
On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

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What the Senate’s Push for a Stage 3 Delay Might Mean—If Anything

July 27, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Last week, during a Senate hearing, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said that he has asked HHS to delay Stage 3 of the meaningful use program. Will his request have an impact?

Washington Debrief: Senate Hearing Includes Calls to Delay MU Stage 3 Rulemaking

July 27, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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During a Senate hearing last week, Congressional leaders called for a delay of Meaningful Use Stage 3 rulemaking and removal of gag clauses from EHR contracts.

Physicians Voice EHR, MU Concerns During AMA Event

July 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Physicians voiced their concerns about electronic health records (EHRs) and called out policymakers during a town hall meeting in Atlanta on July 20th hosted by the American Medical Association (AMA).

Is the Collective Will Present for a Concerted Push on Cybersecurity?

July 22, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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It was very gratifying to moderate a panel discussion at the Denver CHIME Lead Forum on “Healthcare Cybesecurity Solutions,” as the industry hurtles forward into uncharted territory in that arena

Saint Luke’s-Kansas City’s Shift to Community-Wide Cloud-Based Image Access

July 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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At Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, CIO Deborah Gash has led a successful initiative to implement a community-wide cloud-based image information exchange

Washington Debrief: House Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Includes Interoperability, Patient ID Provisions

July 13, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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On Friday, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6), which in addition to increase NIH funding by $8.5 billion, included a number of EHR and health information exchange directives.

AHA Voices Concerns With 21st Century Cures Act’s Interoperability Provisions

July 13, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The passing of the 21st Century Cures Act in the U.S. House of Representatives was praised by several health IT associations, but the AHA is one organization that still has concerns regarding the bill’s interoperability provisions.

CMS Proposes First Update to Physician Fee Schedule Since SGR Repeal

July 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
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On July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first proposed update to the physician payment schedule since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Washington Debrief: ONC’s Funding Maintained at Same Level in FY2016

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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The House and Senate both put forth appropriations bills that maintained ONC’s current funding level through FY2016, approximately $60.4 million. The bills also maintained the prohibition of a national health identifier.

Time to Apply Pressure for Hemodynamic Standards

June 26, 2015   |  Joe Marion
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It's time to apply pressure on vendors and standards agencies to create a standard for hemodynamic system interoperability.

At AMDIS, AMIA’s Fridsma Promotes the Rethinking of MD Documentation for EHR Usability

June 26, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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On June 24 at the AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium, Doug Fridsma, M.D., Ph.D. urged CMIOs to help rethink usability and function in EHRs

ONC’s Michael McCoy, M.D. at AMDIS: Information-Blocking for Proprietary Reasons Is “Just Wrong”

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
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Health information blocking was a highlighted subject of the presentation given by ONC chief health information officer Michael McCoy, M.D. June 24 at the annual AMDIS Physician-Computer Connection Symposium