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Proposed legislation shortens 2015 MU reporting window to 90 days

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.

Healthcare stakeholders 'incredibly concerned' about Meaningful Use reporting period

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.

AMA framework looks to improve EHR usability

The American Medical Association, concerned about current electronic health record design, has released a new framework outlining eight priorities to improve the usability of the systems.

RAND: EHR usability a 'unique and vexing' challenge to doc satisfaction

The RAND Corporation has released a new study warning that electronic health records worsen physicians' satisfaction, which in turn may adversely affect patient care.

The Medicaid EHR incentive audit program: No longer a sleeping giant

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. 

HIMSS Analytics: Confidence in Stage 3 MU dropping among ambulatory providers

Although more ambulatory providers are adopting EHRs, more than half of them have not successfully attested to Meaningful Use Stage 2, and the confidence level for meeting Stage 3 is dwindling, according to the HIMSS Analytics' sixth annual  ambulatory PM and EHR study.

State miscalculates Medicaid incentive payments, must repay feds almost $1.8M

Louisiana's Medicaid incentive payment program has made numerous errors in determining what incentive payments providers are entitled to and made net overpayments of $1.8 million in the first year of the program, according to a new audit by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General.

Study: EHR use leads to loss of time

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.

ONC does not adopt 2015 'voluntary' EHR certification criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued a new final rule that makes the 2014 edition of certification criteria more flexible and folds in some of the criteria that had been proposed in its 2015 voluntary edition of electronic health record certification criteria, which the agency has opted to abandon.

ONC: EHRs are improving patient safety

Electronic health records are making major strides in improving patient safety, according to the Office of the National Coordinator's latest data brief.

PwC-led team to offer 'open source' EHR to DoD

PwC has joined forces with Medsphere, DSS, Inc. and General Dynamics Information Technology to vie for the coveted U.S. Department of Defense Healthcare Management Systems Modernization (DHMSM) electronic health record contract, and plans to merge "open source" software with commercial applications in its proposal, PwC has announced.

Collaborative forms effective model for creation of diabetes registry

Disease registries can be created by different physician practices using separate electronic health record systems despite challenges, according to a new case study reported in eGEMS (generating evidence and methods to improve patient outcomes).

KLAS: 1 in 4 ambulatory providers believe MU is improving patient care

In what appears to be another setback for the Meaningful Use program, the latest report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research reveals that just 25 percent of ambulatory providers feel that their electronic health records have a positive impact on patient care.

Why Congress must be cautious about spending more for HIT interoperability

Federal legislators should exercise caution in doling out more money for health IT interoperability efforts, as there is no guarantee that doing so will actually improve health data exchange, writes John Graham, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Independent Institute.

Meaningful Use flexibility rule may have an unintended impact on CMS

Providers have been expressing their disappointment that the final Meaningful Use flexibility rule, released Aug. 29, saying it offers scant relief, is "too little too late" and puts the very future of the program "in question."

Stakeholders not pleased with EHR changes in doc payment proposal

Healthcare organizations applauded several provisions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed physician fee schedule for 2015, such as reimbursement for telehealth and chronic care management, but were not enthused about the agency's' suggestions about electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program.

JASON task force: 'Parallel' architecture paths needed for interoperability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should consider some but not all of the findings of the JASON report in going forward with Stage 3 of Meaningful Use and interoperability, according to ONC's JASON task force.

Meaningful Use payments top $24.8 billion

The Meaningful Use program has paid providers more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments since its inception, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest report.

EHRs can 'significantly' increase reimbursement over time

Electronic health records can increase reimbursement without upcoding, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

EHRs can increase routine testing for HIV

Electronic health records can help increase testing of patients for HIV and identify previously unknown cases of the disease, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association.