ONC report to Congress looks at evolving health IT landscape

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released its annual report to Congress on health IT progress, as required by the HITECH Act of 2009. The report notes that 96% of hospitals and 78% of physician offices used certified... read more

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

CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

CMS finalizes changes under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

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In today’s outpatient prospective payment system final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sets the requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to attest to meaningful use of electronic health records in the coming years. CMS finalizes a 90-day reporting period in 2016... read more

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

AHA comments on draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory

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The AHA today urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to build on its improved platform for the draft 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory to increase stakeholders’ ability to judge the readiness of specific standards for use in clinical care. Among other... read more

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

Final MACRA rule offers challenges, opportunities for hospitals, says AHA

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule for Medicare’s new physician payment system offers both challenges and opportunities for hospitals and their employed or contracted physicians, the AHA said last week.

CMS Oct. 14 issued final regulations carrying out key provisions of the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare

ONC issues final rule on health IT certification program oversight and accountability

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today issued a final rule that provides a regulatory framework for the agency to directly review certified health IT products that may present a serious risk to public health or safety, or practical challenges for ONC-authorized... read more

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

GAO recommends HHS actions to reduce quality measure burden

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The Department of Health and Human Services should comprehensively plan and set timelines for its efforts to develop more meaningful quality measures, and prioritize its development of electronic quality measures and related data elements for the core measures it and private payers have agreed to use, the... read more

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

EHR program participants may register to submit NHCS data for meaningful use

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Hospitals and eligible professionals may register for the option to submit National Health Care Survey data in 2017 to satisfy the objective for specialized registry reporting in the Medicare or Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs. To register intent to submit NHCS data, hospitals and... read more

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

HHS awards funding to test health IT interoperability standards

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today awarded seven organizations a total of $1.5 million to test selected clinical interoperability standards for health IT in priority areas. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center... read more

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

NAM symposium considers health, health care priorities for next administration

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The National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative today held a public symposium to inform a paper it will release this fall to provide guidance to the incoming administration on health and health care priorities. The symposium featured a series of discussion papers... read more

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

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