The Health IT Policy Committee today voted to approve the Meaningful Use Work Group's Stage 3 recommendations.
Six Republican senators, frustrated that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services denied their request to extend the deadline for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, have sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner asking that the hardship exceptions be clarified "immediately."
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.
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 ne wly proposed 2015 Edition of EHR certification criteria.