The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT don't seem to get a break these days, do they? This year so far has been pretty hectic...
Meaningful Use audits are becoming an increasing concern to family physicians and need to be addressed, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally issued its promised reprieve of some of the harsher provisions of the Meaningful Use program, releasing its proposed rule that shortens the attestation period in 2015 from 365 to 90 days and reduces reporting and other burdens.
Electronic lab reporting has jumped as a result of the Meaningful Use program and is having an impact on public health practice, according to the latest progress report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has shed some light on its position regarding its role in health IT, explaining that the proposed rule modifying its certification program and health IT certification criteria expands beyond the specific focus on the electronic health record incentive programs.
Healthcare organizations are working on increasing patient engagement, but are concerned whether their efforts will be effective in improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs, according to a new study by HIMSS Analytics.
True to its word, the Office of the Inspector General has begun to audit individual providers to determine if they met the Meaningful Use requirements, according to attorney Daniel Gottlieb, with McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago.
There is no doubt that different stakeholders will have varying views about the proposed rule implementing Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. But ironically, the rule, which is intended to further align two particular groups of stakeholders--physicians and hospitals--may actually drive them away from each other.
A majority of physicians responding to a recently conducted survey believe that they can meet the proposed Stage 3 objectives by the 2018 deadline, but have little love for the program itself.
Assuming Stage 3 is even needed, what happens when it's over? Does the government pack up its health IT bags and go home?