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House Passes Bills to Repeal ACA Medical Device Tax and IPAB, Revise Medicare Advantage Policy

The House of Representatives has taken action on a number of bills to modify certain Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions, revise Medicare Advantage policies, and make other health policy changes. On June 23, 2015, the House voted to approve H.R. 1190, a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), by a vote of 244 to … Continue Reading

CMS Proposes Updates to EHR Meaningful Use Rules

CMS published a proposed rule on April 15, 2015 that would modify the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program to reduce complexity, simplify reporting requirements, and align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with Stage 3. Notably, CMS proposes to change the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program reporting period … Continue Reading

CMS Proposed Rules in the Pipeline

CMS recently sent several major proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget for regulatory clearance – the last step before publication in the Federal Register. OMB is reviewing proposed rules to update the skilled nursing facility, inpatient rehabilitation facility, and inpatient psychiatric facility prospective payment systems (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) … Continue Reading

CMS Plans Spring Rulemaking to Modify Meaningful Use Requirements

CMS has announced that it plans to issue regulations this spring to address provider concerns about the burden associated with compliance with Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program meaningful use requirements. Specifically, in a January 29, 2015 blog post by Patrick Conway, MD, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief … Continue Reading

Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules at OMB

HHS has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final regulatory clearance a proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The Stage 3 rule will focus on advanced use of EHR technology to promote improved outcomes for patients, … Continue Reading

CMS Final Rule Revises EHR Meaningful Use Timeline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have issued a final rule that gives providers additional options in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use requirements for the 2014 EHR Incentive Program reporting period. Under the … Continue Reading

CMS Formally Proposes Modified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Timeline

CMS has published a proposed rule that would formally adopt a previously-announced change to the EHR meaningful use stage timeline. Specifically, the rule would extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017 (instead of 2016). The proposed rule also would allow providers to use 2011 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) or … Continue Reading

CMS Expands Medicare EHR “Meaningful Use” Hardship Exception to Cover Vendor Issues

Medicare eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that are not “meaningful users” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology will be subject to payment adjustments under the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs beginning on October 1, 2014 for hospitals and on January 1, 2015 for eligible professionals. Eligible professionals and hospitals may be exempt from payment adjustment, … Continue Reading

CMS Blog Post Announces Delay in Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program “Stage 3″ Meaningful Use Start

On December 6, 2013, CMS announced its intention to push back implementation of the Stage 3 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Under the new timeline, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 (instead of 2016) for those providers that have completed at least … Continue Reading

ONC Invites Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Policy

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a Request for Comment (RFC) on Stage 3 meaningful use recommendations, which will “target a collaborative model of care with shared responsibility and accountability.” In releasing the RFC, the ONC acknowledges “today’s challenges in setting up data exchanges,” but recommends that Stage … Continue Reading

November Congressional Health Policy Hearings

On November 14, 2012, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee is holding a hearing entitled “Is ‘Meaningful Use’ Delivering Meaningful Results – An Examination of Health Information Technology Standards and Interoperability.”  Two hearings are scheduled to examine the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis: a November 14 House Energy and Commerce Oversight Subcommittee hearing on … Continue Reading

CMS Publishes Corrections to FY 2013 IPPS, EHR Incentive Program Final Rules

On October 29, 2012, CMS published additional corrections to its August 31, 2012 final FY 2013 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule. The corrections address the achievement thresholds and benchmark values presented in the Clinical Process of Care measures section of the final performance standards for the FY 2015 Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program table.  … Continue Reading

CMS Issues Final “Stage 2″ Medicare/Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Rules, EHR Certification Standards

On September 4, 2012, CMS published a final rule specifying the “Stage 2” meaningful use criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR incentive payments. By way of background, under Stage 1 (which began in 2011), “meaningful use” consists of … Continue Reading

CMS/ONC Call: Using Certified EHR Technology to Meet Meaningful Use (June 27)

CMS and ONC are holding a joint National Provider Call on June 27, 2012 to provide information to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The program also will discuss the use of certified EHR technology to meet the meaningful use standard. Advance registration is … Continue Reading

CMS Releases Data on Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payment Recipients

CMS has posted the names and addresses of Medicare eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals that have successfully demonstrated meaningful use and received a payment as of March 2012 under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. CMS has made more than $2.3 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments between … Continue Reading

New ONC Health IT Resources

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a “Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information,” which is designed to help practitioners, staff, and other professionals better understand the role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and Meaningful Use. In addition, the … Continue Reading

Stage 2 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Proposed Rules Released

On February 23, 2012, CMS released a proposed rule to specify the Stage 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and/or Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act.  By way of … Continue Reading
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