Health IT & HIE News

SGR Repeal is a “Game-Changer” for Health IT

Healthcare Informatics  (April 15, 2015)

Industry stakeholders are overwhelmingly praising Congress for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare.   MORE +

CMS Proposes Significant Changes to Meaningful Use Stages 1 and 2

Health Data Management  (April 12, 2015)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late in the day on April 10 came out with yet another proposed rule to make modifications that will ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The rule changes the reporting periods to attest for meaningful use, substantially scales back several Stage 2 measure thresholds, and eliminates the need to report multiple measures as conducting these measures has essentially become common practice.   MORE +

ONC Calls Out Health IT Developers for Blocking Information Exchange

Healthcare IT News  (April 10, 2015)

Having received many complaints in recent months about vendors and providers engaging in information blocking, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is "becoming increasingly concerned about these practices, which devalue taxpayer investments in health IT and are fundamentally incompatible with efforts to transform the nation’s health system." That's according to National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo, MD, and Jodi G. Daniel, ONC's director of the Office of Policy Planning, writing in a blog post that calls out "persons or entities (who) knowingly and unreasonably interfere with the exchange or use of electronic health information."  MORE +

ONC Stepping Up Efforts to Ensure EHRs Perform as Advertised and Provide Price Transparency

Modern Healthcare - subscription may be required to view  (March 25, 2015)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's new certification rule, released Friday, may signal a new direction for the agency: ensuring that electronic health-record systems perform as advertised. The ONC is proposing a two-pronged approach to achieve that goal. It will increase EHR transparency for providers and will encourage certifying bodies to raise their minimum EHR certification standards. To win certification, the agency now proposes, EHR developers need to disclose more information about the use of their system, including more on the expected method of implementing EHRs and about how much it would cost to make the record perform as certified.   MORE +

Interoperability Key to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

Health IT Interoperability  (March 23, 2015)

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released its proposed conclusion to the EHR Incentive Programs with a strong emphasis on data exchange made possible through interoperable certified EHR technology and others forms of health IT. “The flow of information is fundamental to achieving a health system that delivers better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. The steps we are taking today will help to create more transparency on cost and quality information, bring electronic health information to inform care and decision making, and support population health,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a public statement.  MORE +