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Meaningful use program Stage 3 inches nearer to approval

The draft regulatory language of Stage 3 of the meaningful use program, scheduled to start in 2017, has been submitted for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget. The rules, submitted

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Telemed regs currently discourage telemed, say stakeholders

A group made up of accountable care organizations, telehealth technology vendors, and professional associations has issued a statement to the Department of Health and Human Services decrying the lack of cohesion in the body of regulations governing telemedicine at the

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HHS Inspector General: Medicare EHR incentive program lacks adequate safeguards against error and fraud

The HHS Inspector General this week reported the results of its recent investigation to “verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported meaningful-use information, as well as eligibility and payment amounts.”   The investigation reviewed payments issued from May through December

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ONC: no caps on per-provider EHR incentive payments

National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari has announced there is no cap on how much individual providers may receive in meaningful use incentive payouts, as long as they meet the requirements for the EHR incentive payments program.  According to

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ONC announces five organizations to serve as EHR certifiers

In preparation for the launching of ONC’s permanent EHR system testing and certification program, part of the EHR incentive payment initiative, ONC has authorized five groups as permanent EHR certifiers. Via Modern Healthcare: Even though the new regime for testing

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HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014

HHS announced today that the government intends to make it easier for healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records (EHRs).  As part of this initiative, HHS decided to extend the deadline for meeting Stage 2 of Meaningful Use until 2014.

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HHS awards over $650 million in EHR incentive payments

HHS released the first numbers regarding its Meaningful Use incentives program, established by the HITECH Act of 2009. Unsurprisingly, most eligible professionals and hospitals receiving funds this year qualified for incentive payments under Medicaid, rather than Medicare, because Medicare has

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Medicare EHR incentives attestation to begin on April 18, 2011

CMS announced that the online Attestation System for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will launch on April 18, 2011. Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be able to use this online portal to self-attest to meeting the Meaningful Use criteria.

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Registration for CMS EHR Incentive program is now open

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the registration process for eligible hospitals and professionals hoping to capitalize on the incentive payments provided under the HITECH Act.  Each such hospital or professional needs to register with CMS in order

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CMS launches web site for incentive payment programs

CMS launched a very useful Web site, http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentiveprograms, providing an overview of the Medicaid and Medicare incentive payment programs established by the HITECH Act.  The site provides up-to-date, detailed information and many important links and “fact sheets” about the incentive programs, including

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CMS plans to integrate quality reporting programs under Medicare and HITECH Act

As required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it plans to integrate the quality reporting requirements for physicians’ Medicare payments with reporting requirements for healthcare providers who

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Free Webinar on Meaningful Use: Slides included below

Here are the slides from  our February 25, 2010 Webinar on Meaningful Use.  This webinar was first in a series, and focused on the critical definition of “meaningful use” of “certified EHR technology,” as described in proposed regulations released and

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Thursday: Free Webinar on “Meaningful Use”

On Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM (EST), Steve Fox and yours truly will host a free webinar, the first in a series, which will focus on the critical definition of “meaningful use” of “certified EHR technology,” as described

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HHS releases Recovery Act Implementation Plans

On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Recovery Act implementation plans: HHS is moving quickly and carefully to award Recovery Act funds in an open and transparent manner that will achieve the objectives

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