News about Healthcare IT Solutions & Services Industry

Meaningful use drives physician EHR boom

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

When the medical practice of Howard Axe, MD, found itself in need of a new electronic prescribing system two years ago, implementing a full electronic health record system with an e-prescribing component was never seriously considered.

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Tags: Medicare Incentives, EHR Incentives, Meaningful use

Feds Take Critical Look At Meaningful Use Payments

Posted by Aparna Prasad on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 @ 01:43 PM

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a wide-ranging review of government incentive payments to physicians and hospitals for the Meaningful Use of electronic health records. In addition, OIG is looking at whether providers have used EHRs to facilitate "upcoding" of Medicare charges.

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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use

Hospitals seek more integrated, functional EHRs: Meaningful Use

Posted by Alok Prasad on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

Larger hospitals are choosing EHRs that enable them to meet Meaningful Use requirements--and they aren't willing to wait for vendors to catch up, according to a new report from KLAS Research.

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Tags: EHR Incentives, Meaningful use, Certified EHR Software

EHR Meaningful Use Attestation Will Continue in 2012

Posted by EHR Analyst on Wed, Nov 02, 2011 @ 10:06 PM

Hospitals and eligible professionals will continue to report clinical quality measures for electronic health records meaningful use via attestation in 2012, just as they must do this year.

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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use

CMS Proposes MU Attestation for Clinical Quality Measures in 2012

Posted by EHR Analyst on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 @ 06:04 PM

Hospitals, critical access hospitals and eligible professionals may continue to report clinical quality measures for meaningful use via attestation in 2012, just as they must do in 2011, according to two proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Also, just like 2011, the measures must be calculated using meaningful use-certified electronic health records.

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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use

Stage 2 Meaningful Use may be Delayed until 2014

Posted by EHR Analyst on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 @ 05:15 PM

Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health information technology, has announced his support for delaying Stage 2 of electronic health records meaningful use by one year to 2014 for providers who attest to Stage 1 in 2011.

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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use

EHR Certification - CCHIT becomes Qualified Certification Agency

Posted by EHR Analyst on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 @ 09:44 PM

HHS today named CCHIT (Certification Commission for Health Information Technology), and the Drummond Group, Austin, Texas, as organizations qualified to test and certify electronic health-record systems as capable of meeting meaningful-use criteria under the federal IT subsidy program established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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Tags: Meaningful use, Certified EHR Software

EHR Software - Permanent Certification Plan

Posted by EHR Analyst on Sat, May 08, 2010 @ 10:41 AM

The Health IT Policy Committee endorsed comments on a plan by the Office of the National Coordinator to offer permanent certification of electronic health record systems, including a provision to monitor EHRs after they are purchased to ensure providers are installing the proper technology.
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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use, Certified EHR Software

EHR Software - Labeling To Signify Certification

Posted by EHR Analyst on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 @ 08:16 AM

The federal Health IT Policy Committee has recommended that health IT vendors use labels to clarify that their EHR Software is certified to satisfy first-stage requirements for meaningful use in order to ward off potential confusion among buyers about whether systems they are considering will qualify them for the incentive program.

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Tags: EHR Software, Meaningful use, Certified EHR Software

Achieving ‘Meaningful Use' Challenging For Small To Mid-sized Practices

Posted by EHR Analyst on Sun, Jan 24, 2010 @ 07:08 PM

According to the 94,700-member American Academy of Family Physicians, while it "supports the goals" behind the proposed regulations, it believes that the regulations-as proposed-impose hurdles that will challenge small- and mid-sized practices' ability to qualify for the ARRA's health IT subsidies.

A chief concern is that collecting and reporting performance data could become an administrative burden,  said Steven Waldren, director of the AAFP's Center for Health IT. He said that his recommendation for the final rules would be to "focus on meaningful use and not reporting on the meaningful use."

Physicians who meet the requirements could receive $44,000 to help pay for their purchase of an electronic health record system.

"They should not implement health IT to get the $44,000," Waldren said, they should do it to improve quality and efficiency and to move toward transforming their practices into a patient-centered medical home. "And, if you do that, you'll get $44,000. I don't think there's anything in there that physicians shouldn't be doing or striving for."

Waldren added that the AAFP is specifically encouraged by the proposed regulations' focus on care coordination, quality and patient-centered care, and he also said the AAFP supports the rules' promotion of using electronic prescribing; clinical decision support; analysis and reporting of evidence-based measures of quality and performance; and the sharing of health information and educational resources with patients.

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Tags: EHR Software, EHR System, Stimulus Incentives, Meaningful use