Electronic health record vendors--particularly Epic--may not deserve Meaningful Use incentive money because their systems hinder data sharing, according to physician-turned-lawmaker Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule offering some flexibility for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 may be one of the few occasions where a rule relating to the program has been met with open arms.
The rule, which relaxes the reporting requirements for providers struggling to transition to the 2014 edition of certified electronic health record technology, affords some breathing room and needed relief. The rule garnered a considerable amount of attention, receiving a whopping 1,119 comments before the comment period closed July 21. A quick look indicates several common themes in the 1,119 comments. Commenters generally supported the rule, sometimes reporting their personal struggles with attestation.
A deeper dive reveals a detail that I find particularly interesting: the Medical Group Management Association's suggestion that CMS has overstepped its regulatory authority in Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program. Read more...
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