Meaningful Use Stage 2

CHIME weighs in on Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule – Not happy. Says, “I told you so.”

CHIME is not happy with the final modifications to Meaningful Use and says that the very future of Meaningful Use is now at stake.  The issue has been brewing for some time because the numbers of organizations reporting Stage 2 has been low.  Because it is tied to reimbursement it is an important part of…

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CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

CMS publishes final rule for Meaningful Use flexibility

Coverage from FierceEMR on the CMS Meaningful Use changes. Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by…

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CMS finalizes MU flexibility

CMS details out the “flexibility” in Meaningful Use.  Essential reading. CMS has issued a final rule granting providers the flexibility in meaningful use attestation the agency had originally proposed back in May. Under the  modified attestation schedule , providers that were not able to fully implement 2014 Edition certified EHR technology in time to successfully…

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Regulatory Compliance

‘Final’ ICD-10 date to heat things up

Revenue cycle management companies are poised to gain from the ‘final’ ICD10 date says John Andrews after reviewing the most recent Black Book report and interviewing Tom Giannulli, MD. If survey data from Brown-Wilson’s Black Book Rankings is any indication, professional RCM (revenue cycle management) companies stand to gain a lot of business from physicians…

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HIPAA Omnibus

HIPAA business associate agreement deadline looms large for healthcare entities

New business associate agreements (BAA) need to be in place by Sept. 22nd in order comply with the HIPAA Omnibus rule. Are you ready?  Katie Dvorak comments below: Share Tools A final deadline for the HIPAA Omnibus rule is quickly approaching in which healthcare organizations must make sure business associate agreements are revised and ready…

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Everyone wants a piece of pop health

Everyone wants a piece of pop health

There are many players entering the population health management market and interestingly a number of them (ZirMed for example) are coming at it from a claims and financial side for much of their source data.  New research shows that there are already over 100 vendors in the space.  We’ll see how it shakes out.  More…

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ICD10

CMS announces ICD-10 testing dates

ICD10 testing dates announced by CMS. There will be three different testing weeks. Check and plan. There will be three different testing weeks leading up to the implementation date for ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced. CMS lists the testing weeks as follows: First testing week: Nov. 17-21, 2014 Second testing…

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Key elements of new ehr

The second wave is coming. Will your EMR make the grade?

Normally I wouldn’t comment on EHR but revenue cycle management and electronic health records are now permanently interconnected.    Bill Crounse makes some salient points regarding what is coming in the second wave of EHRs.  Standout elements include: User Interface Cloud First, Mobility First Universal Communications Clinical and Business Analytics Read the details of Dr.…

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There’s finally someone in charge of HealthCare.gov

There’s finally someone in charge of HealthCare.gov

Kevin Counihan has been announced as the chief executive for HealthCare.gov. The head of Connecticut’s successful exchange has been hired to run HealthCare.gov. (Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You…

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EHR Replacement Market Growing

An appetite for change in EMR markets

Over 25% of physician practices are considering replacing their EHR system according to a new KLAS report.  They also greatly prefer integrated systems per Black Book which also reports that 86% feel their practice management system will not be able to accommodate upcoming regulatory mandates.  All of that adds up to what sounds like a…

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