Meaningful Use

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CMS: 44,000 providers applied for Meaningful Use hardship exemptions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services received approximately 44,000 hardship exemption requests from providers who indicated that they would have problems attesting to Meaningful Use in 2015, the agency revealed this week.

ONC's Jacob Reider: Reach out to others for Meaningful Use help

As healthcare organizations face challenges in implementing State 2 of Meaningful Use, they should reach out to others who have found success, said Jacob Reider, deputy national coordinator at the Office of the Coordinator for Health IT.

Meaningful Use perfection requirement a very high bar

I can't help but feel sorry for Drew Memorial Hospital, which failed a Medicare Meaningful Use audit and is being asked by CMS to return its incentive payment for that year in the amount of $904,000.

HITECH impetus for 'fundamental' market changes among EHR vendors

The HITECH Act has spurred competition and innovation among electronic health record vendors and changed their business model, according to a new study.

Arkansas hospital fails one MU measure, told to repay more than $900K

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking Monticello, Arkansas-based Drew Memorial Hospital to return more than $900,000 in Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payments after a post-payment audit found that the facility failed one of the 19 measures of Stage 1 of Meaningful Use.

CMS glitch may cause docs to be hit by MU penalties

Some physicians may be hit with the Meaningful Use penalty next year, even if they meet the program's requirements and can attest on time, due to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services computer problem that won't allow doctors to prove compliance by the Oct. 1 deadline, according to an article in  PoliticoPro.

The 'faux' MU flexibility rule: A ghost no matter what

Not two weeks ago, I questioned whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's continued rigidity in its stop gap "flexible" Meaningful Use rule for 2014 would come back to haunt the agencies. Turns out I was right. Stakeholders are rebelling--and in a number of different ways.

Proposed legislation shortens 2015 MU reporting window to 90 days

Legislation introduced to Congress on Tuesday would require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow eligible hospitals and providers looking to attest to Meaningful Use in 2015 a 90-day window to do so, as opposed to a 365-day reporting period.

Healthcare stakeholders 'incredibly concerned' about Meaningful Use reporting period

Seventeen major stakeholders have joined forces in a rising groundswell, sending a joint letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging immediate relief from the Meaningful Use program's full year reporting requirement using 2014 certification criteria in 2015.

AMA framework looks to improve EHR usability

The American Medical Association, concerned about current electronic health record design, has released a new framework outlining eight priorities to improve the usability of the systems.