The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC) has released a frequently-asked-questions document aimed at clearing up confusion around meaningful use of EHRs. Read the questions and answers here.
Medical Specialists Centers of Indiana (MSCI) is one of the Midwest’s largest healthcare clinical groups, with 60 physicians deployed at 13 locations across all of northern Indiana. The practice averages 16,000 patient encounters per month, encompassing specialties from pediatrics and dermatology to endocrinology, pulmonary medicine and even sleep diagnostics. Such a diverse network requires a [...]
There are a number of deadlines to keep track of to ensure your practice is compliant with new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) HIPAA Version 5010 rules. The first of those deadlines is 1/1/11: the date when practices should test the functionality of practice management and clearinghouse software for claims, remittance advice, eligibility and referrals using Version 5010 standards.
The following organizations have been selected as The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) for electronic health records (EHR):
Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) - Chicago, Ill.
Date of authorization: September 3, 2010.
Scope of authorization: Complete EHR and EHR Modules.
Drummond Group, Inc. (DGI) - Austin, Texas.
It looks as if the incentives offered by the federal government for physicians to meet electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use standards are working.
In an online survey conducted by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), 77% of respondents indicated that they would pursue meaningful use incentives.
Here are some other highlights from the survey:
The majority of respondents [...]
According to this article from Government Health IT, Health & Human Services Department officials are considering measures for the second stage of meaningful use even before healthcare providers get started on tackling the 2011 first stage requirements of the incentive program.
The Health IT Policy Committee wants to prepare recommendations on 2013 meaningful use criteria by [...]
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology and the Drummond Group now can test and certify products from EMR vendors to ensure that they meet “meaningful use” criteria. Meaningful use criteria are a set of standards that healthcare providers must meet to qualify for federal [...]