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6 steps for surviving a Meaningful Use audit request

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.

CMS proposes modest increase to 2016 hospital inpatient payments

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.

EEOC's proposed wellness program guidelines up for debate

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.  

HIMSS15: IT infrastructure critical to payment, delivery reform, ONC's Karen DeSalvo says

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.

Stage 2 patient engagement should be voluntary during MU sorting-out process

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...

Providers, vendors both to blame for information blocking

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.

HIMSS15: George W. Bush, Karen DeSalvo headline keynote speakers

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.

HIMSS15: Meaningful discussions on Meaningful Use

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.

Meaningful Use Stage 3: A battle for appropriate patient engagement requirements

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.

CMS, ONC release proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

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.