Tag: EHR

ONC Seeks Feedback for Electronic Health Record Reporting Program

The 21st Century Cures Act directed the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a new Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporting Program. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) contracted with the Urban Institute to dev...

GAO Recommends Greater Stakeholder Engagement in the VA’s Modernization Effort

As part of the process for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to modernize its commercial electronic health record (EHR) system, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report evaluating the VA’s EHR system configuration process an...

FY 2021 IPPS Proposed Rule: CMS Defers Discussion on Hospital Star Ratings but Provides Updates on Other Hospital Quality Programs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed updates to the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including updates to the various hospital quality programs. CMS is not providing an update t...

New Jersey Section 1115 Waiver Amendment

On February 27, 2020, New Jersey submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services a request to amend the state’s existing Section 1115 demonstration program. This amendment would make two modifications. First, it seeks to expand Medicaid...

ONC Publishes Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden Related to Health IT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released the Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT a...

Stakeholders Push for the Adoption of CMS and ONC Interoperability Rules

Technology companies and other stakeholders submitted a letter urging the Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to finalize new rules creating additional opportunities for da...

OIG Report Finds Challenges with ACO Care Coordination

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) held site visits and interviews at six accountable care organizations (ACOs) – four participating in the Next Generation ACO model and two in the Medicare Shared Savings Program – to evaluate how ACOs are usi...

ONC Releases Data Brief on Use of Electronic Records by Office-Based Physicians

As required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently released a report on the use of electronic records by office-based physicians. Overall the report found that interoperabili...

Now Available: Medicare Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception Applications for Hospitals and CAHs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) use 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interopera...

2019 Call for MIPS Promoting Interoperability Measures and Improvement Activities is Open

CMS opened the submission period for Promoting Interoperability measures and Improvement Activities for future years of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The MIPS Annual Call for Measures and Activities process allows clinicians, profe...

Grassley Queries CMS on Update of Recovery of Improper EHR Incentive Payments

In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pressed the agency for an update on their recovery of improper electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments. He requested a respon...

ONC Releases Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden

On November 28, 2018, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a draft strategy to help reduce administrative and regulatory burden on clinicians caused by the use of health information technology (health IT) such as electr...