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
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 [...]
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
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.
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
US government warns EHR users about aggressive billing
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
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.
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
The American Medical Association and state and specialty societies call for less aggressive criteria in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.
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
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 [...]
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
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 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, [...]
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 [...]
Small medical practices across the country are starting 2012 with an extra $18,000 in the bank as a reward for making the transition from paper records to an Electronic Health Record system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the 2009 Economic Stimulus Plan, is promoting the national shift to EHR systems [...]
McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) has announced that McKenzie County Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in North Dakota to qualify for Medicare reimbursements for using a certified electronic health record. McKenzie County...Show More Summary