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

June 29, 2015   |  Leslie Krigstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy
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
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
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
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

Report: Providers Looking for More out of HIEs

June 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare providers’ health information exchange (HIE) needs have moved beyond connecting disparate systems and meeting meaningful requirements. They are now looking for HIEs to ease access to “actionable” data, according to a report from NORC at the University...

Meaningful Use Fraud Equals Jail Time for One Former Exec

June 19, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
The saga of former Shelby Regional Medical Center CFO Joe White, who was found guilty of fraud for falsifying meaningful use records, ended this week when he was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Groups Offer Comments, Suggestions for MU Modification Proposals

June 16, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Several healthcare IT groups have submitted comments and offered suggestions in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed meaningful use modifications from 2015-2017 that it laid out earlier this year.

Washington Debrief: Senate Panel Examines HIE, Patient ID Challenges Highlighted

June 15, 2015   |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
The Senate HELP Committee, in the first of a series of hearings, heard from health IT experts on ways to improve health information exchange.

Researchers: MU Program May Create "Digital Divide"

June 11, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
There are "systematic differences" between providers who participated in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs early and consistently from those who did not, which could lead to disparities in patient care, according to...

AMA Calls for ICD-10 Grace Period, MU Changes

June 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The American Medical Association (AMA) is seeking a two-year ICD-10 grace period for physicians to avoid financial penalties to facilitate a smoother transition to the new coding set, and is also requesting that the feds fix meaningful use before moving on to...

Report: Digital Health Solutions Could Save Healthcare Industry $100B

June 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Digital health solutions achieved the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion in cost savings in 2014, and are expected to save the system more than $100 billion over the next four years, according to new research from the New York City-based Accenture.

House Bill Would Extend Meaningful Use to Behavioral Health Providers

June 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would give behavioral health and addiction treatment providers the ability to receive Medicaid and Medicare incentive funds for the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs).