Provider participation in the Meaningful Use incentive program has increased significantly, but the clinical quality measures being collected suffer from reliability issues and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services lacks measures to track the progress of the program's outcomes goals, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
It's not surprising that less than a month after the first indictment of a former hospital executive for false attestation to Meaningful Use that a House Committee has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Servces and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General to justify how well they're policing the payments to providers.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have released two additional draft electronic clinical quality measures (CQMs) for review, download, testing and public comment.
More than three-fourths of studies on health IT have found that technology provides at least some positive impact on patient care, but the studies themselves need improvement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's new literature review.
The indictment of a former hospital chief financial officer for false Meaningful Use attestation has prompted a Congressional committee to probe deeper into how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services screens providers before doling out incentive dollars.
Electronic health record use can be expanded to help jails reduce the costs of providing care and improve health outcomes, according to new research published in the March issue of Health Affairs.
Using a checklist enhanced by an electronic health record and a unit-wide dashboard decreased the rate of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in children, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.
Several providers in the Cincinnati area have successfully integrated two different computer systems to share electronic health records and improve eye care for diabetic patients, according to an article in the Cincinnati Business Courier.
The U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have yet to support claims that building separate electronic health record systems and ensuring interoperability between them will cost less and be more efficient than developing a joint system from scratch, according to a report published this week by the Government Accountability Office.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced that the agency would be more flexible about providing hardship exemptions for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the incentive program's requirements.
What if someone built a better mouse trap and no one used it? What if people opted to continue using the existing available mouse traps because they were just as effective and cheaper than the upgraded mouse trap, and there was no obligation to use the newer one? That's my initial concern with the Office of the National Coordinator's newly proposed 2015 Edition of EHR certification criteria.
On Tuesday at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla., ONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider said that the recently proposed voluntary 2015 EHR certification looks to address challenges in the prior certification criteria that some might call "bugs."
Almost half of large (200-plus bed) U.S. hospitals have indicated that they plan on buying a new electronic health record system by 2016. However most of them already have decided what they're going to purchase, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.
For providers participating in the Meaningful Use Incentive program, as well as for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2014 will be an important year, according to Elizabeth Holland (pictured), director of the Health IT Initiatives Group at CMS.
Healtheway, the nonprofit public/private collaborative chartered to advance the nationwide implementation of interoperable health information exchange, has unveiled a new initiative to bring the industry together to provide a standardized framework for connectivity.
Most labs don't provide patients with electronic access to their lab reports, but the majority of the results are shared with ordering providers in electronic format, according to two new data briefs released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
True to its word, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a proposed rule containing the next edition of electronic health record technology certification criteria.
There's been a lot of hoopla about how a bipartisan group in Congress has finally reached a deal to repeal the much maligned sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, the method currently used to compensate physicians participating in Medicare. But a deep dive into the actual language of the bill raises a slew of questions regarding EHRs that need to be answered before this bill becomes law.
Clinical decision support tools in electronic health records can help pinpoint patients more at risk of acute coronary syndrome and pulmonary embolism, according to recently published research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Cybersecurity sleuths have discovered computer information on a website popular with hackers that could compromise the electronic health records of numerous providers--including hospitals, nursing homes and physician practices.