At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago last week, Cathy Borst, vice president and CIO at Chicago-based National Surgical Healthcare, and consultant Patty Guinn of Atlanta-based Cornerstone Advisors, outlined best practices for surviving an audit request.
Hospitals would get a modest payment increase from the Medicare program in 2016 under the proposed payment formula put forth last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Long-term care hospitals would initially see a larger hike, but would actually experience a net reduction in reimbursement.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued proposed rules last week for employer-based wellness programs which aim to reconcile guidelines under both the Affordable Care Act and Americans with Disabilities. However, the guidelines may be up for debate with other federal agencies.
While the interoperability of electronic health records is a high priority for the federal government, it really only is a means to an end, National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo said in a keynote address at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's annual conference in Chicago Thursday morning.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT don't seem to get a break these days, do they? This year so far has been pretty hectic...
Most information blocking in healthcare is "beyond the current reach" of federal agencies to detect, investigate and address, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's report to Congress published Friday.
In April 2004, President George W. Bush, through an Executive Order, created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT with a goal of widespread use of electronic health records within 10 years.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 conversations already are in full swing since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' announcement of the proposed rule last month. For instance, many in the provider industry have expressed apprehension about some of the objectives and measures in the rule, such as those pertaining to increased patient engagement.
Battle lines are being drawn between Meaningful Use Stage 3 supporters and those not so keen on some or all of the newly proposed rules.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have issued their proposed rules outlining the requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.