Meaningful Use

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Congress Considers Broader Hospital Site-Neutral Payment Exceptions and Other Payments Changes

In Depth - The House Ways and Means Committee next week is expected to consider and approve the Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act of 2016, legislation that would create broader exceptions under much maligned...more

MACRA for Health IT Vendors – New Rule Presents New Opportunities

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the corresponding proposed rule, published on May 9 and going into effect on January 1, 2017, will directly impact health IT vendors. Most significantly,...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - May 2016

Senators Proposing Meaningful Use Changes – A group of Republican Senators released proposed legislation that would provide flexibility to hospitals and physicians under the Meaningful Use program. The proposed legislation...more

Client Alert: CMS Issues Rule Proposing New Approach to Paying Clinicians for Value and Quality

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (“MACRA”). Among other things, MACRA: 1) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate that was applicable to the Medicare Physician...more

CMS Proposes “Advancing Care Information” Program to Replace Meaningful Use

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposes a new approach, with new branding labels, to paying clinicians for the value and the quality of care that they provide by replacing a patchwork of existing...more

Most Imaginative Whistleblower Claim of the Month

Vicki Sheldon is the hands-down favorite to claim this month’s Most Imaginative Whistleblower Claim award. Vicki’s at-the-time husband Duane was employed at Kettering Health Network (KHN). Duane had an affair with another KHN...more

Recent EHR Meaningful Use Program Updates

As we enter the sixth year of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (commonly referred to as the “Meaningful Use Programs”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to...more

CMS Grants Extension to Apply for 2015 Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) continues to work to ensure it is responsive to providers who tried to meet meaningful use standards in 2015 but faced hardships in their efforts. Eligible professionals,...more

CMS Posts Revised Application for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

On January 22, CMS posted a revised application and instructions for a hardship exception from the Meaningful Use program penalties in 2015. Under the new, streamlined application process, which CMS says is a temporary...more

CMS Announces Changes to Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process

On Jan. 22, 2016, CMS issued a new application and sweeping changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception application process. The changes are intended to temporarily ease the...more

Further CMS Clarification on EHR Hardship Exceptions

As we reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted revised instructions and application forms on January 22, 2016, for health care providers unable to meet electronic health records (EHR) “meaningful...more

CMS Signals that Meaningful Use Program Will Change Significantly for Physicians

On January 11, 2016, CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will be replaced significantly in 2017 by the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for...more

“Interoperable” Healthcare Data Will Be a Tempting Target

At a panel during last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Edith Ramirez, chair of the Federal Trade Commission – America’s top privacy regulator – said she would not wear a Fitbit personal fitness tracker. “I...more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rules Encourage Providers to Engage Patients in their Health Care

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Rep. Brady (R-TX) Named Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee... Co-op Closures Subject of Two Hearings and More Letters... Drug Prices Subject of Investigations in Senate, House Dems Launch Task Force on...more

Health Care E-Note - October 2015

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. By starting early, eligible health care...more

CMS Makes Significant Changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and Finalizes Stage 3

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (Final Rule) that streamlines Stage 2 and finalizes Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronichealth record (EHR) Incentive...more

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rule Reduces Provider Burdens

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information (ONC) recently released the 752-page final rule for Meaningful Use Stages 2 (MU2) and 3 (MU3). The final rule provides a flexible timeline for providers...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a sweeping final rule with comment period that specifies the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...more

Physician Payment: CMS Seeks Suggestions for SGR, PQRS, Meaningful Use and VBM Replacement

CMS would like your help in developing the replacement to the Sustainable Growth Rate adjustment (SGR). But you need to act quickly because CMS' cutoff date for your suggestions is October 31, 2015....more

Meaningful Use Audits: Proactive Tips for Success

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. If the provider has met all core...more

A Recap of National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week wrapped up on Friday. This may have been the most eventful week in the ten year history of the event, which is organized by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Below are a few...more

Washington Healthcare Update

On Oct. 8, the House Republican caucus did not select a candidate for Speaker of the House and selection has been delayed. The current Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), had announced that he would step down and retire from...more

CMS and ONC Release Stage 3 Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Final Rules

On October 6, 2015, CMS released the final Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule that, among other provisions, sets forth the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must...more

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Digital Health: Interoperability and Information Blocking

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more

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