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

CMS posts public health, registry EHR readiness data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted a “centralized repository” of public health agencies and registries ready to electronically receive public health data from hospitals and eligible professionals. To satisfy Stage 2 meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid... read more

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

AMA announces EHR training platform for medical schools

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The American Medical Association and Regenstrief Institute today announced an electronic health records training tool for medical schools. Developed as part of the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, the Regenstrief EHR Clinical Learning Platform uses real de- and mis-identified... read more

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

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

Medicare inpatient quality reporting deadline unchanged

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Hospitals participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Inpatient Quality Reporting program must electronically submit electronic clinical quality measure data via the QualityNet secure portal by March 13 at 11:59 p.m. PT in order to meet IQR requirements and receive a full payment update... read more

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

AHA urges CMS to extend March 13 deadline to submit 2016 eCQM data

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend the March 13 deadline for submitting electronic clinical quality measure data for the 2016 reporting period for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, or forgive the payment... read more

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

MedPAC considers reforms to Part B drug payment policy

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday discussed a package of draft recommendations to reduce the rapid growth in Part B drug spending. The proposals would require all Part B drug manufacturers to submit Average Sales Price data; reduce Wholesale Acquisition Cost-based payment to WAC plus 3%;... read more

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

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