The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 easily passed legislation to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement mechanism for physicians. The bill did not include language to extend the ICD-10 deadline, as the Rules Committee report to the House floor forbid the adoption of amendments.
Certain objectives and measures that could be reported via paper-based methods in Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program are phased out in the proposed Stage 3 rule released for review on March 20.
As with other stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program, the initial iteration of Stage 3 that was published as a proposed rule on March 20 includes an objective to protect electronic protected health information.
A lack of interoperability among electronic health records systems is hindering the ability of registrieslarge databases that collect information on groups of patients treated for a particular medical conditionto extract clinical and outcomes data from EHRs for the medical device approval process.
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.
With all the talk these days about healthcare harnessing the power of big data, the industry is just starting to take advantage of the tsunami of data being generated by a myriad of sources, according to Victor Dzau, M.D., president of the Institute of Medicine.
Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program significantly raises the bar for providers to improve the flow of information when patients care is transitioned to a different setting or patients are referred to other clinicians.
Advantage Dental, serving more than 200,000 residents across Oregon through 30 clinics, notified 151,626 patients of a breach of protected health information within 30 days after an internal database was hacked.
The proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule released March 20 received early mixed reviews from two stakeholder associations.
Seeking to accelerate health information technology interoperability among providers not eligible for the electronic health records meaningful use program is the focus of a newly proposed rule from the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had issued the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Eight months ago, Intermountain Healthcare was facing the task of making more than 200 interfaces to support its migration from a homegrown electronic health record to the Millennium EHR suite from Cerner, which began with signing a contract in 2013.
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.) has introduced H.R. 1470 to repeal and replace the Sustainable Growth Rate formula that Medicare uses to pay physicians. The bill as introduced does not include language to change policy on the ICD-10 compliance date or the two-midnight rule pertaining to hospital payments. However, it does lay out a program to have widespread electronic health records interoperability in 2019, with the threat that certified EHRs not supporting interoperability could be decertified.
IBM has invested in Modernizing Medicine, a vendor of cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health records systems and other technologies that capture structured data, track outcomes and deliver clinical decision support.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT must develop a comprehensive plan to address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records, argues the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.