As hospitals increasingly use electronic health records, they may also be increasingly losing time during the day to the technology, according to a new study.
Sometimes there's so much attention paid to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Medicare Meaningful Use program that we tend to overlook the Medicaid side.
But we shouldn't. The Medicaid incentive program--and more specifically, its audit potential--just catapulted into new territory.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General released an audit report this week revealing that Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals made more than $4 million in payment errors by miscalculating what Medicaid Meaningful Use incentive payments providers were entitled to. The agency made incorrect payments to 20 hospitals, overpaying two-thirds of them for a net overpayment of $1.8 million. Article
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A Nebraska critical access hospital found success in going paperless by focusing on its work processes, according to a case study from the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
Not two weeks ago, I questioned whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's continued rigidity in its stop gap "flexible" Meaningful Use rule for 2014 would come back to haunt the agencies. Turns out I was right. Stakeholders are rebelling--and in a number of different ways.
Legislation introduced to Congress on Tuesday would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow eligible hospitals and providers looking to attest to Meaningful Use in 2015 a 90-day window to do so, as opposed to a 365-day reporting period.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT launched two initiatives this week to increase patient access to their electronic health records via the Blue Button project.
Seventeen major stakeholders have joined forces in a rising groundswell, sending a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging immediate relief from the Meaningful Use program's full year reporting requirement using 2014 certification criteria in 2015.
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