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On March 2, 2016 ONC published their “ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability” Proposed Rule in the Federal Register. The proposed rule would modify the ONC Health IT Certification Program and focuses on three areas: ONC Direct Review of Certified Health IT Oversight of ONC-Authorized Testing Laboratories Transparency and Availablity of Surveillance…

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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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The inaugural Federal Health IT Strategic Plan was released in 2011, and since then over 450,000 eligible professionals and 4,800 eligible hospitals have received an incentive payment for participation in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. This progress has taken a tremendous effort on behalf of hospitals and health care providers, as…

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Last month, ONC released a series of guides to help promote safe EHR practices. Nine guides, collectively referred to as, “Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience” or SAFER Guides cover several important topics. The introductory video explains the rationale behind developing the guides. The SAFER Guides are self-assessment tools to help guide your practice to…

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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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John Halamaka, co-chair of the Health IT Standards Committee and CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offered some advice to the next National Coordinator on his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO. Here are his general recommendations: ICD-10: Consider voluntary transactions for October 2014 and provide a 6 month grace period before enforcing the…

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A recent Government Health IT article quoted Dr. Doug Fridsma, director of ONC’s Office of Science and Technology as saying, “We have to think about where we are now and where we need to go to…” Today’s current systems are “tomorrow’s legacy systems.” In the NeHC University webinar, Meeting the Challenge Grant: Consumer-Mediated Exchange in…

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AmericanEHR Partners is proud to announce that we have just incorporated Meaningful Use attestation data into our EHR product and Vendor profiles, and EHR comparison searches. We’ve also added an advanced Meaningful Use attestation search tool, allowing AmericanEHR members to see attestation data for 444 certified EHR products. Through collaboration with the Office of the…

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The clock is ticking down to the deadline for comments (January 14, 11:59 pm ET) on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) Stage 3 Meaningful Use draft recommendations. Many readers of the AmericanEHR blog are undoubtedly involved in reviewing the objectives/metrics and some are hurrying to finalize a submission to the Office of the…

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced an upgrade to the health IT dashboard so that it now includes summary data from the CMS EHR Incentive program (i.e. Meaningful Use Dashboard). The dashboard now includes six (6) categories of data and graphs as noted below. Be advised: depending on your connection…

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The Office of the National Coordinator released two grids that provide the specifications of Meaningful Use for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Each grid provides columns indicating whether the objective and metric apply to Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, or both. Also included are references to the EHR certification criteria and technical standard. Rows are color-coded…

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