David Booker, M.D., member of the board of governors of the College of American Pathologists and chairman of its clinical informatics steering committee, shared his insights on Meaningful Use and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid's proposed hardship exemption in an exclusive interview with FierceEMR.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's proposed rule offering some flexibility for attesting to Meaningful Use in 2014 may be one of the few occasions where a rule relating to the program has been met with open arms. But deeper dive reveals a detail that I find particularly interesting: the Medical Group Management Association's suggestion that CMS has overstepped its regulatory authority in Stage 2.
A rush to implement electronic health records caused by the Meaningful Use incentive program has thrust "complex, balky, unwieldy error-prone" systems into highly sensitive clinical settings, according to an article in the Boston Globe.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has added its voice to the commenters on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's proposed rule relaxing the Meaningful Use rules in 2014, supporting the increased flexibility in reporting but warning that without "significant" modifications, the program itself "runs the risk of failure."
Electronic health record vendors--particularly Epic--may not deserve Meaningful Use incentive money because their systems hinder data sharing, according to physician-turned-lawmaker Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.).
More physicians than ever are using electronic health records, but almost a fourth of them--22 percent--are avoiding the Meaningful Use program, according to an intriguing but questionable survey from Medscape.
Both the HIMSS and the AMA have weighed in on CMS' proposed rule allowing some flexibility in Meaningful Use attestation for 2014, welcoming the concept but expressing concern that they're not sufficient to help providers out.
Why is there disconnect between laboratories and electronic health records?
HIMSS' Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA) has asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to rescind a recent change to an answer to a frequently asked question (FAQ) that the association contends deviates from regulations.
Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give pathologists a break and extend the hardship exemption they currently enjoy for all of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.