CMS accepting 2017 QPP hardship exception applications

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday began accepting applications for 2017 hardship exceptions to the Quality Payment Program’s Advancing Care Information performance category. Clinicians eligible to participate in the QPP’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System may apply for hardship... read more

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

Senate passes Jessie's Law

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The Senate today approved by unanimous consent legislation (S. 581) that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and disseminate best practices for displaying a patient’s history of opioid use disorders in their medical records. The bill would require HHS to consult with... read more

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

GAO names 15 to new health IT advisory committee

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The Government Accountability Office today appointed 15 members to a committee created by the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 to advise the national coordinator for health information technology on advancing electronic health information exchange, access and use. The members include: Tina Esposito, vice... read more

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

Join AHA Twitter chat with Most Wired hospitals

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The AHA will honor this year’s Most Wired hospitals during a Twitter chat July 28 during the AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego. The chat will feature the award winners and explore how health information technology is helping to improve patient care and population health in communities across the country.... read more

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

Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health

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The nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to make it easier for patients and health care providers to interact, according to results from the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the AHA’s Health Forum subsidiary. Hospitals also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Telehealth

Reminder: July 1 deadline to apply for EHR hardship exception

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals and eligible professionals who did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through July 1 at 11:59 p.m. ET for a hardship exception from the 2018 payment adjustment. For... read more

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

OIG: Some Medicare EHR incentive payments to EPs were inappropriate

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services inappropriately paid $729.4 million in Medicare electronic health record incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not meet meaningful use requirements, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General estimated in a report... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, Medicaid, nurses

EHR vendor to pay $155 million to settle FCA allegations

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An electronic health records software vendor and certain of its employees will pay a total of $155 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that the organization misrepresented the capabilities of its software, the Department of Justice announced yesterday. The settlement also resolves... read more

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

CMS updates electronic clinical quality measures for 2018 reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today posted the annual updates to its electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals and eligible professionals for calendar year 2018 electronic reporting for CMS quality reporting and incentive programs. CMS updates the specifications annually to align... read more

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

QualityNet accepting QRDA files for electronic clinical quality measure reporting

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The QualityNet portal is accepting Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I files for electronic clinical quality measure reporting for the calendar year 2017 Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs. Hospitals and eligible professionals can use the... read more

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

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