AHA brief examines how hospitals are holding the line on costs

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Hospitals and health systems have been leaders in controlling costs in the health care sector, with hospital price growth in 2015 at the slowest annual rate since 1998 and Medicare spending growth for hospital services at its lowest level in 17 years, according to a data brief on hospital care costs... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Electronic Health Records, Coverage, regulation, workforce, chronic conditions, drug prices

H&HN launches 2017 Most Wired survey

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AHA's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine last week launched its 2017 Most Wired Survey, which hospitals can complete through March 15. The annual survey measures information technology adoption, implementation and use in four areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Electronic Health Records

CMS extends deadline for reporting 2016 eCQM data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended through March 13 the deadline for eligible hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and/or Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to submit electronic Clinical Quality Measure data for the calendar year 2016... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

CMS updates ICD-10 value sets for 2017 electronic clinical quality reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and National Library of Medicine Friday published an addendum to the 2016 electronic clinical quality measure specifications. The addendum updates the ICD-10 value sets for electronic reporting of eCQMs for the 2017 performance year in the Hospital Inpatient... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Electronic Health Records

CMS issues EHR attestation worksheets, eCQM reporting guidance

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released worksheets to help eligible hospitals and professionals in Modified Stage 2 of the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program log their meaningful use measures for calendar year 2016. CMS also issued additional guidance to help eligible... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

ONC issues final 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology yesterday released its final 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory, an updated list and assessment of the standards and implementation specifications available to meet clinical health IT... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS announces update on eCQM value sets for 2017 performance period

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In response to stakeholder feedback and because of the large volume of changes introduced into ICD-10 in fiscal year 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the National Library of Medicine recently announced that they will update all impacted electronic clinical quality measure value sets... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records

CMS issues guidance on CY 2016 eCQM reporting hardship exemption requests

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued guidance to help clarify its policy regarding requests for hardship exemptions from electronic clinical quality measure reporting for calendar year 2016. Hospitals may request an exemption from the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program’s eCQM... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Electronic Health Records

Congress urged to pass key hospital legislation during lame duck session

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The 114th Congress returned Nov. 14 for its final weeks of the session. At the top of the agenda – keeping the federal government open past Dec. 9 when current funding runs out.

In their remaining time in Washington, the AHA urges legislators to support “crucial must-pass legislation” for hospitals and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records, advocacy, access, emergency care

AHA urges Congress to enact EHR meaningful use flexibility

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As Congress considers year-end legislation, the AHA today reiterated its support for the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173) in a letter to leaders of the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and Commerce Committees. Introduced in July by Sens. John Thune (R-SD),... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records

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