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CMS Adds New EHR Meaningful Use FAQs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program.  The questions cover providing patients with an electronic copy of health information and counting patients not seen by the eligible provider.
The complete questions and answers are:
Question: To meet the meaningful use objective “provide [...]

AHRQ to Identify Barriers to Medicaid Providers Achieving Meaningful Use of EHRs

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will conduct a two-year study to identify barriers to Medicaid providers achieving electronic health records meaningful use criteria.
The study will draw from over one dozen focus groups of eligible Medicaid providers–some of which have adopted an EHR and some of which have not.  The finding from the focus groups will inform [...]

Medicare Issuing EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Checks

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start issuing the first Medicare incentive checks for meaningful use of electronic health records.
Providers receiving meaningful use incentives will be paid the same way they receive payment for Medicare services, either through an electronic funds transfer or paper check. Payments will appear on the bank [...]

EHR Meaningful Use Attestation Opens April 18, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Records Incentive Program “meaningful use” verification period opens today.  This allows providers who are demonstrating meaningful using of electronic health record (EHR) systems to submit for reimbursement as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
There are three stages of meaningful use under the [...]

Upcoming CMS EHR Incentive Program Dates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ EHR Incentive Program has registered over 25,000 eligible physicians and hospitals, and, it has paid out over $37 million so far.
Here are some upcoming events and milestone dates to keep on your radar:

April 1, 2011: CMS will host a national provider education call for eligible professionals about registration [...]

CMS Updates FAQs on EHR Meaningful Use

In addition to updating existing content, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added over 10  new questions to its EHR Meaningful Use FAQ page.  Some of new questions point to just how complex meaningful use compliance can become.  Some of them help providers figure out what compliance really means.   See for yourself.  The questions and [...]

Blumenthal Letter on Meaningful Use of Health Information

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, marks 2011 as the year when medical care entered a new era – the age of meaningful use of health information. Read the letter now to learn more.

GOP Bill Puts Meaningful Use & HITECH Act in Peril

Excerpted from a report by Health Data Management:  Legislation introduced in the U.S. House and initially sponsored by nearly three-quarters of the Republican caucus clearly appears to seek repeal of the Medicare/Medicaid electronic health record meaningful use incentive payment programs. But whether the bill also would repeal all of the HITECH Act within the economic stimulus [...]

Registration for EHR Incentive Programs Begins Today

Registration through CMS for EHR Incentive Programs begins today, January 3, 2011.  Early participation will yield maximum incentive payments, so, register today even if your certified EHR system is not yet installed.
To learn more about using certified EHR technology, being a meaningful user and attesting for incentive payments, go to the CMS [...]

CMS Establishes System to Track EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Recipients

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will track eligible medical professionals receiving incentive payments for demonstrating meaningful use of electronic health records.  
The system is called “Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program National Level Repository (NLR).”  The NLR will collect, maintain and process information for the incentive program and will be disclosed to [...]

ONC Publishes Certified HIT Product List

The Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

Each Complete EHR and EHR Module listed on the website has been certified by an ONC-Authorized [...]

CMS Testing Systems to Manage Attestations and Payment for Meaningful Use of EHRs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the final testing stages for systems to manage the registration, attestation and payments to healthcare providers participating in the meaningful use program.  According to an article in Government Health IT, the CMS administrative systems are due to go into production in January, when the incentive program kicks off,
Providers who want [...]

Harmony Healthcare IT Offers EHR with ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification

Harmony Healthcare IT partners with Medical Informatics Engineering to offer an electronic health record solution to ambulatory practices nationwide.  Medical Informatics Engineering announced today that WebChart EHR Version 5.1, is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR on September 30, 2010 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in [...]

ONC Publishes FAQs on EHR Meaningful Use

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.

ONC-Authorized EHR Testing and Certification Bodies

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.
Date [...]

Meaningful Use Survey Results from HIMSS

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 [...]

Meaningful Use Talks for 2013 Begin

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 [...]

Two Software-Testing Companies Aurthorized to Certify “Meaningful Use” of EMRs

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 [...]

Final Rule on Meaningful Use of EHRs Published by HHS

The 864-page final rule for meaningful use of electronic health records has been posted by The Department of Health and Human Services.

Meaningful Use Rule for EHR to be Published Tomorrow

The Office of Management and Budget has finished reviewing the meaningful use rule, which was the final step before publication.  It is now reported that The Department of Health and Human Services will release the final meaningful use rule tomorrow.  Accompanying the meaningful use final rule with be a final rule setting data standards, implementation specifications [...]

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