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

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

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