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Hospitals could face penalties for missing electronic health record deadline

Many of the nation's hospitals in the U.S. struggled to meet a federally mandated electronic health records deadline, and as a result could collectively face millions of dollars in reduced Medicare payments this year, a study shows.

ONC is helping veterans access their electronic health records

Go where they are. In this case, “they” represents rural veterans and Medicare patients. On their way to meet them is a group of Federal partners – including ONC, telecommunication companies – known in industry parlance as “telecos” — and other stakeholders who are pushing to bring broadband to the heartland. Show More Summary

Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records

New Data Shows Rapid Adoption of EHRs; Announcements of 2015 Policies Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – which included the creation of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs – was signed into law, the nation has seen unprecedented growth in the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). Show More Summary

CMS Says More than Half of US Doctors Have Adopted Electronic Health Records

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that more than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records, exceeding the goal they had set for themselves for the end of 2013. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey [...]

Effective Electronic Health Records Require Medicare Incentives, Says AMA

Federal agencies should align to Medicare pay so it supports interoperability seamlessly within paperless systems, the American Medical Association (AMA) plus other medicine groups have urged. If the USA is serious about achieving goals...Show More Summary

Watchdog call for EHR bonus audits meets resistance

2 years agoHealth : amednews.com

Medicare’s chief says adding more regulatory roadblocks could prevent physicians from adopting electronic health record systems by the time noncompliance penalties start in 2015.

Fred Schulte on Investigative Journalism: "Race to electronic health records may come with a price"

Investigative reporter Fred Schulte of the Center for Public Integrity has written up his experiences on his investigation of upcoding and Medicare billing inflation due to the effects of EHRs.The piece is of interest in regard to, at...Show More Summary

Billions Spent to Make Medicare More Efficient Make Medicare More Expensive

2 years agoNews : Reason

Buried within the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act — the 2009 stimulus bill — was a substantial amount of funding intended to encourage health care providers to adopt new health information technology, including electronic health records for patients. Show More Summary

Medicare Billing Rises at Hospitals With Electronic Records

2 years agoHealth : NYT: Health

The move to electronic health records may be adding billions of dollars to Medicare costs by enabling hospitals and physicians to bill more for the same services.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Rules Released

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released final requirements for Stage 2 Electronic Health Records Incentive programs. The regulations can be found here:CMSONCA fact sheet on CMS's final rule is available here. Show More Summary

Stage 2 meaningful use rules sharply criticized by physicians

2 years agoHealth : amednews.com

The American Medical Association and state and specialty societies call for less aggressive criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.

More on privacy and security.

Protecting patients’ privacy and securing their health information is a core requirement for the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid incentives programs for electronic health records (EHRs)1. Further, effective privacy and security...Show More Summary

Electronic Health Records Association Responds to ONC and CMS NPRMs on Meaningful Use Stage 2

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Association today submitted its detailed comments on the two Notices of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRMs) on Meaningful Use Stage 2 – one from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for healthcare providers laying out revised Meaningful Use objectives and measures for use of certified electronic health records (EHRs); and [...]

Divide by Zero: Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) criteria

From the CMS "Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program - ATTESTATION USER GUIDE For Eligible Professionals (EPs)" (warning: large PDF), page 41/64:... Step 25 – Core Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs 1 of 3)EPs must report calculated CQMs directly from their certified EHR technology as a requirement of the EHR Incentive Programs. Show More Summary

DrFirst Congratulates 44 EHR Partners Awarded Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2011

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) there are over 800 certified electronic health record and e-prescribing technology vendors in the nation. Of that number, only 64 were recently awarded the Surescripts White Coat of Quality for 2011, recognizing these vendors for upholding the highest standards of prescription content quality in e-prescribing. [...]

Another $508 Million Paid Out in Meaningful Use Incentive Money in January

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the number of physicians and hospitals to have registered for the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record incentive program has increased by over 15,000 in January to 191,604.  Total incentive payments issued during the month were over $508 million bringing the total paid through [...]

Stage 2 Meaningful Use NPRM Moves Toward Patient-Centered Care Through Wider Use of EHRs

Substantial evidence shows that higher adoption of electronic health records (EHR) can save our health care system money, save time for doctors and hospitals, and save lives. Thanks to the Recovery Act and the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, we have seen great success and momentum as we’ve taken the first steps toward adoption [...]

HIMSS Issues Statement on Release of Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM

HIMSS is pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have published their proposed rule for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Stage 2 (Meaningful Use Stage 2); the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is expected to publish the associated Standards, [...]

CMS Reports that over $2.5 Billion in EHR Incentive Funds was Paid to over 176,000 providers in 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that the number of physicians and hospitals to have registered for the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health record incentive program has increased to over 176,000 through the end of 2012.  Total incentive payments issued during the year exceeded $2.5 billion. According to a report available [...]

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