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In a joint post on the CMS blog Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced plans to retire the Meaningful Use program in favour of a new program under the Merit-based Payment System (MIPS). The new program,…

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The latest release of Meaningful Use (MU) Attestation Data by HealthData.gov shows that as of Feb. 3, 2016 there had been 998,709 MU attestations. Epic Systems Corporation continues to be the market share leader amongst certified EHR systems. “EpicCare Ambulatory – Core EMR” is the single most attested EHR with 110,173 providers qualifying for meaningful

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Last week active CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced the phasing out of Meaningful Use “as we know it.” This week ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Andy Slavitt have expanded on plans for upcoming changes to the Meaningful Use program on the CMS blog. While many media outlets (AmericanEHR included) reported that Meaningful Use

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Speaking at the  J.P. Morgan Annual Health Care Conference on Jan. 11, 2016, Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that CMS is in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (also known as MACRA) was signed into…

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For those of you who spend time caring for patients, rather than keeping up to date on every proposed regulation that comes out of CMS, here are the highlights of one that directly affects you. On April 15, CMS published a proposed rule that makes dramatic changes in Stage 2 of Meaningful Use (MU). Essentially,…

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Providers need to report a compliant 90-day period from 2014 by March 20th, 2015 in order to achieve Meaningful Use for the first time and qualify to receive incentive funding. This is the last chance to report Meaningful Use compliance from 2014. For more information on EHR Incentive Programs, visit The Official Web Site for…

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Don’t delay. The Attestation deadline for Medicare eligible professionals is February 28, 2015. For more information on Attestation on CMS.gov, click here Useful links: For information on state registries and specific requirements in your state click here CMS Attestation & Registration System portal

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Those of you still working on reporting for 2013 Meaningful Use have a few more days. CMS announced that the deadline has been extended from 2/28 to 11:59 pm on 3/31/14. Note, however, that all data must have been collected during the reporting period which ended December 31, 2013. Eligible professionals must attest for 2013…

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After an ONC representative indicated that changes were unlikely for the EHR Incentive Program (aka Meaningful Use timeline), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) posted an announcement on Friday afternoon (12/6). Robert Tagalicod (Office of E-Health Standards & Services at CMS) and Jacob Reider (Acting…

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For those who have been intimately involved with health information technology, particularly Electronic Health Records over the past decade, the speed of adoption and change in practice workflow has been breathtaking. This is not just a North American phenomenon — it has happened in similar fashion across the Western World and in many parts of…

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In early May 2013, Dr. Steven Stack, Chair, Board of Trustees for the AMA, testified on concerns about the Meaningful Use program and did an excellent job of  presenting important issues regarding usability, coding, documentation, and lack of flexibility in the Meaningful Use program. Some of these issues were also covered in prior AmericanEHR blogs. Over the…

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