HITapproved Industry Highlights
As early adopters gear up for optional 2017 Meaningful Use Stage 3 participation, the provider community as a whole anxiously awaits the “sometime before November 1st” release of the MACRA Final Rule. Industry discussions subsequent to the April publication of the MACRA Proposed Rule reflect steady concern among physicians and nurses as new members of the multidisciplinary governance teams which are required to successfully implement this new regulation. Physicians are apprehensive regarding MACRA’s complexity with regard to a short timeline to the 2017 reporting period. Nurses, with equal concern, believe MACRA as it stands in the Proposed Rule, falls short for the nation’s advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) as providers of highly accessible, efficacious, and affordable care.
Consumer Partnership for eHealth Files Comments on Proposed Reductions to Meaningful Use Stage 2 and 3 Rules. The Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) to maintain robust objectives and measures that promote health information access and exchange between patients and eligible hospitals. In comments submitted on proposed modifications to the rules governing Stages 2 and 3 of the Electronic Health Record Incentive (Meaningful Use) program, CPeH notes that measures designed to give individuals access to their health information and help them […]
This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog. By Matt Fisher, Esq Twitter: @matt_r_fisher Host of Healthcare de Jure – #HCdeJure A lot of time and attention has been put into the notion of interoperability by almost every stakeholder in the healthcare system. Those interested in the issue include patients, providers, vendors and the government. Why has interoperability received so much focus, though? It may be possible to answer that question by stating that interoperability contains a large element of the common good. Defining interoperability can be […]
This article was originally published on GroupOne Healthsource. By Nicole Benz, GroupOne Health Source Inc. The future of physician practices is electronic health records (EHRs). We can’t go back to paper and no one is rationally suggesting we do. But there is agreement that EHRs have not met the expectations set out for them: billions of dollars in savings, hours in administrative time saved, as well as enjoying tighter security and better accuracy. Choosing the Wrong EHR Is Worse Than No EHR at All Instead, many physicians complain of the hours […]
This article was originally published on HealthBlawg, By David Harlow, JD MPH, The Harlow Group LLC Twitter: @healthblawg We are awash in digital health data. And we are awash in multiple regulatory schemas designed to protect privacy, security and appropriate access to all this data. Some data is “traditional” health care data governed by the familiar patchwork of federal and state statutes and regulations (rhymes with “HIPAA”). Some is the product of new consumer health tracker devices and apps which are not reached by HIPAA (except for some provided to […]
This article was originally published on GroupOne Healthsource. By Jeff Jones, Business Project Analyst Encouraging physicians to switch to electronic health records (EHR) has been a long term effort from CMS ever since the January 2009 passage of the HITECH act. Over three-quarters of physicians and nearly all hospitals are using an EHR but the incentivizing structure has been hard to wade through, at best. Now healthcare professionals and physicians alike must focus their efforts on understanding the end of the SGR formula and the beginning of The Merit Based […]
This article was originally published on Phoenix Health Systems and is republished here with permission. By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter – @DarcyGue After years of increasingly dangerous data security and privacy breaches across the American healthcare environment, HHS has decided to take preventative action. On July 25, HHS announced it will fund a new resource that will share “the most up-to-date cyber threat information across the health and public health sectors and will better equip health systems to identify potential threats and further protect electronic health information.” […]
By John Halamka, MD Twitter: @jhalamka Just as I clarified previously in my post about Certification, the answer to the question “do we need more or less healthcare IT regulation and legislation” is that we need the right amount of the right regulations/legislation. Sometimes when clinicians prescribe medication, although it does therapeutic good, it creates side effects which need to be addressed by changing a dose or by adding additional medications. Such is the case with HITECH. It was generally good medicine, but now that we’ve seen the side effects on […]
A newly proposed rule by CMS would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2017 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from continuing experience with these systems. In this proposed rule these are some of its content which include the CMS Meaningful Use Incentive Program.