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As of September 25, 2013, the list of EHR products certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2 is quite limited. Seventeen Ambulatory EHR products have been certified for Base EHR; of these, only five ambulatory products have been certified for recommended adult core CQMs for Eligible Providers. In a September 25 article in Modern Healthcare, Joseph…

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Instead of a blog, Written one word at a time, I offer these MU observations, Written in rhyme. While I tried to be thorough, There’s much more I could say. For now this is it… Until another day. On the March Towards MU Stage 2 The day we have dreaded, Is where we are headed….

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The Slow Crawl Toward Improved EHR Usability and Interoperability – iHealthBeat (Stack, May 30). In this report, while the Medicare/Medicaid EHR incentive program is credited with accelerating adoption of health IT, it has also created negative consequences relating to the lack of interoperability and optimization of EHRs in order to meet the needs of clinicians. According to…

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced last week that Regional Extension Centers have reached 100,000 physicians. The press release included this statement: This commitment by more than one-third of all primary care providers nationwide to work with their Regional Extension Center (REC) to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health…

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Is a pattern emerging with regard to the push towards Meaningful Use of health information technology? In the effort to leverage HITECH to foster rapid change, are shortcuts being taken? What happened to the sequence of identifying objectives, exploring alternatives to achieving those objectives, selecting standards, testing those standards in pilots/demonstrations in practice, and ensuring…

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Wondering how the EHR Incentive program is going? How many Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) have registered? How much money has been distributed?  Is there a difference between Medicare & Medicaid? Well, thanks to CMS, you can see the statistics through September 2011. Click on this link to open a PDF slide set:…

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Today is the day… CMS launched the EHR Incentive Program Registration & Attestation System as announced.

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Last week, CMS posted several new FAQs and updated responses to commonly asked questions and the EHR Incentive Program. If you haven’t already signed up for alerts, you can do so here. Below are 10 of the new/updated FAQs. There are many more — so go to the site for more information. 1. Can eligible…

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended on February 17 that variances in requirements be ironed out for two key programs . The GAO directed this urgent request at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in reference to the Meaningful Use incentive program and the penalties that will soon be applied under the electronic prescribing…

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Dr. David Blumenthal will be stepping down as National Coordinator for Health IT per Kaiser Health News. Dr. Blumenthal has been in the position since March 2009 when he left Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital to join President Obama’s Administration. Reports indicate that Harvard faculty must return within two years to preserve their tenure. The past…

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Excerpt Feb 1, 2011 — ACPHospitalist, John Schumann, M.D. “Depending on your viewpoint (and the pertinent issue), government regulation either snarls the wheels of commerce and chokes American competitiveness OR enables us to live productive, happy, equitable and safe lives. [As Oprah says, “Live your best life …”] Medicine is full of regulations. For the…

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