GOP Doctors Caucus urges delay of MU Stage 3, blanket hardship exception for Stage 2

The GOP Doctors Caucus has weighed in against the Meaningful Use program, sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging that Stage 3 of the program be delayed and a blanket hardship waiver exception be granted for Stage 2.

Should the DoD be entitled to its own definition of interoperability?

I think we've stumbled upon one the biggest barriers to interoperability between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): there's no real consensus on...

Epic refutes Mother Jones' accusations on lack of interoperability

Electronic health record vendor Epic Systems has written a letter to the editor of Mother Jones magazine refuting statements made in a story published by the latter about Epic products' lack of interoperability with other EHR systems.

DoD: Joint legacy viewer provides 'interoperability' with VA

The Department of Defense claims to have met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act.

HIMSS, EHRA urge caution by CMS when structuring MIPS, alternative payment models

More stakeholders have weighed in on the structure of the Merit Based Incentive Program System and alternative payment models, with the Electronic Health Records Association and the Health Information Management and Systems Society both expressing concern about over-burdensome requirements.

Report: HIE-sponsored PHRs offer 'one-stop shopping'

Health information exchanges may wish to consider offering personal health records as part of their array of services, according to a report recently unveiled by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

ONC: Rural communities working to adopt health IT need more financial support

Providers in rural areas are working to incorporate health IT into their practices in order to improve patient care, but could use more financial support, according to a new blog post from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

CMS was right to hold off on CJR health IT quality measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is very keen on moving away from a fee-for-service healthcare system to value based reimbursement in order to improve care coordination and reduce...

Certified technology comparison task force outlines initial goals

The Office of the National Coordinator's new certified technology comparison task force met for the first time Nov. 17 to outline its work plan and goals for the upcoming months.

Spotlight On... EHRs not yet ready for outcome-based drug pricing

Electronic health records have the potential to support outcome-based drug pricing, but are not yet capable of accurately tracking a drug's role in improving patient outcomes, such as reducing readmissions.

CHIME to CMS: Nix pass/fail Meaningful Use model, streamline quality reporting

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to streamline the reporting required for the Meaningful Use program to reduce the burden on providers, according to an announcement.

EHRA defends comments on information blocking

Members of HIMSS' Electronic Health Records Association, apparently stung by negative media and other reaction to the group's letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT regarding the agency's interoperability report, have written a blog post clarifying its position.

CMS holds off on health IT measure in final joint replacement payment model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued its final rule implementing its new comprehensive care for joint replacement bundled payment initiative, but for now is not requiring a health IT performance measure.

Docs identify barriers to meeting Stage 3 care coordination criteria

Many physicians view electronic care coordination in a positive light, but are concerned about the obstacles that could hinder their efforts to meet such criteria in Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Hospital EHR adoption up, but problems persist

More hospitals than ever have implemented electronic health records, but challenges and the adoption gap have not dissipated, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

EHRs must be able to anticipate, handle present and future crises

Electronic health records have the potential to improve patient care for problems we can predict, such as reducing urinary tract infections and identifying patients who haven't received their flu shots. But they still appear to be unable to handle some of the more current and unanticipated medical problems, and that should give everyone pause.

AAFP asks lawmakers to delay, rework MU Stage 3

Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians' board of directors have met with lawmakers, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), to share their experiences and frustrations with electronic health records and the Meaningful Use incentive program.

Geisinger to leverage EHR to ID guardsmen, reservists at risk of post-discharge behavioral health conditions

Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health System is conducting a study to identify specific genetic risk factors that would determine which national guardsmen and reservists are at a higher risk of post-discharge behavioral health medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.

Unnecessary opioid alerts 'overwhelm' emergency department

An electronic health record's clinical decision support tool in a hospital's emergency department issued so many unnecessary and clinically inconsequential alerts relating to opioids that providers found them "overwhelming" and contributing to alert fatigue, according to a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Rep. Tom Price introduces bill to provide 'automatic' MU hardship exceptions for 2015

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill that would authorize a blanket Meaningful Use hardship exemption for the 2015 reporting period due to the delay in timely publication of the rule altering the requirements for reporting.