The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) certainly didn't pull any punches in its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated strategic plan. Unlike some commenters on the plan, who for the most part deferred to ONC, NPCA, known to favor private free market forces rather than government regulation, came out strongly against it.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it has pushed back the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use to March 20. The deadline extension will allow EPs more time to submit their MU data, CMS said. In addition, it allows EPs who have not used their one switch to go from Medicare to Medicaid or vice versa more time to do so for the 2014 year.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's role in the industry, as contemplated in its updated 2015-2020 strategic plan, is too broad and should be significantly reduced, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), joined by two Democrat and one Republican co-sponsors, has introduced legislation to soften the Meaningful Use requirements for eligible physicians who treat patients in ambulatory surgical centers.
Electronic health record use is increasing in hospital emergency and outpatient departments, according to a new data brief issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is continuing to use its payment programs to reward providers who embrace electronic health records and the Meaningful Use program, this time by including attestation as a requirement to participating in the agency's new Oncology Care Model.
Patient portals have "great potential" to improve quality and outcomes, but there's not enough evidence to determine if they're actually doing so, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internal Research.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that eligible providers who are subject to penalties under the Meaningful Use program could pay roughly $200 million in 2015. That figure was shared by CMS officials at a joint meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy and Standards committees.
There's been a lot of talk about the struggles providers have had sharing data. For instance, in addition to sharing data with other providers, they also need to meet the view/download/transmit requirements of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use; many have purchased patient portals to meet these requirements. I find it surprising, then, that one detail is receiving relatively little publicity: Evidently, 2014 Edition certified electronic health records already have the ability to share data with patients--if only providers would bother to use it.
Health information exchanges won't work well and interoperability will not be sustained unless the business models and incentives are changed, according to a new paper from the Brookings Institution.