Providers who have not demonstrated meaningful use successfully in a prior year and are seeking to demonstrate meaningful use for the first time in 2017 to avoid the 2018 payment adjustment must attest to Modified Stage 2 objectives and measures.
By Jim Tate – Meaningful use audits against 2015 attestations are currently underway. We have found that there are specific areas of attestation documentation that are particularly difficult for hospitals and CAHs. The release in October 2015 of the Modified Stage 2 requirements caught many hospitals by surprise with the removal of the Core and Menu set concepts.
To help EP, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in 2015, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.
CMS released the final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To support provider participation in 2015, CMS has also released FAQ #12985 in response to inquiries about the public health reporting objective in 2015.
By John Halamka MD – I’ve been asked to summarize the 752 page CMS Meaningful Use Final Rule. Although it is a final rule, it has a 60 day comment period, so there is still is an opportunity to modify some of the criteria.
By Jim Tate – The long awaited Final Rule gave providers a clearer view for 2015 – 2017 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use. Some of the most fascinating details are found in the nuances buried in the response to public comments. The careful reader is provided insights.
CMS has released the long awaited Final Rule for Stage 3 meaningful use that incorporate modification for the 2015 reporting period. Here is a look at how the industry responded including statements from CHIME, HIMSS, AHA, and the AMA.
By Jim Tate – Finally, the Rule is in. Last April during HIMSS15 we were promised by CMS delivery of the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Final Rule no later than August 1st. Well, August came and went without the much anticipated Rule.
By Jim Tate – The lion’s share of the CMS EHR incentives have been paid out, especially for those who participated on the Medicare side of the incentive program. The Meaningful Use (MU) incentives are winding down but it is prudent to keep an eye on the rear view mirror and make sure you are up to date on past MU documentation.
By John Halamka MD – As we gather together stakeholders for strategic planning of next year’s priorities, what are we hearing and what we have learned? With these observations, what are we planning to do in FY16? Over the next month, we will present a 5 page list of “bottom up” stakeholder enumerated high priority projects, categorized as core, advanced, and innovative.
By Jim Tate – I read it almost every day. “Meaningful Use (MU) is over”. “The incentives are almost all paid out”. Everyone is acting like the entire CMS EHR Incentive Program is slipping away and with it the entire concept of MU. Better hold your horses. The death knell of MU has been overplayed.
By John Halamka MD – In my previous writing, I’ve suggested that the federal government co-opted our Clinical IT agenda over the past three years with Meaningful Use Stage 2, ICD-10, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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