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Payment bumps and price transparency requirements: Inside CMS' 2,610-page IPPS final rule

August 3, 2018

CMS' final rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Payment System for fiscal year 2019, which overhauls the meaningful use program and aims to improve hospital price transparency, will affect about 3,300 acute care facilities and about 420 LTCH facilities.

CMS wants to overhaul meaningful use, make hospitals post prices. Here's how.

April 25, 2018

CMS' inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2019 includes plans to overhaul the meaningful use program and improve hospital price transparency.

Lawsuit alleges 62 Ind. hospitals falsified meaningful use data

November 30, 2017

The lawsuit alleges that 62 Indiana-based hospitals falsified compliance data under the federal government's meaningful use program and, as a result, defrauded the government of more than $300 million in incentive payments.

The fax machine endures in modern medicine—and this government program could be why

November 3, 2017

While the fax machine has become a relic in most industries, some estimates show it continues to account for about 75% of all medical communication—despite federal efforts to digitize medical records.

CMS launches initiative to reduce regulatory burden on physicians

October 30, 2017

Michael Munger, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, says the initiative "comes at a critical time for our health care system," as the "volume of administrative and regulatory functions required of physicians is compounded by the lack of harmonization in these functions across payers."

Study finds fewer than a third of US hospitals have fully interoperable EHRs

October 6, 2017

A new Health Affairs study finds less than one-third of all U.S. hospitals in 2015 were able to find, send, and receive electronic health records for patients who have received care from outside providers.

ONC updates health IT certification program to ease industry burden

September 22, 2017

By reducing the burden on industry stakeholders, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) officials say ONC and health IT developers will be able to dedicate additional resources toward the implementation of other measures, such as interoperability efforts and the 21st Century Cures Act.

Sens. ask for update on CMS efforts to recover $729M in wrongful EHR incentive payments

July 24, 2017

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter ask CMS Administrator Seema Verma to provide information on the actions CMS has taken to address issues regarding improper electronic health record incentive payments that were raised in an HHS Office of Inspector General audit.

ONC to focus on improving EHR usability, interoperability

July 18, 2017

National Coordinator for Health IT Donald Rucker says the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is collaborating with CMS to find ways to ease regulatory and administrative burdens on health care providers so they can spend more time acclimating to new technologies and engaging with patients.

CMS will not penalize providers that attested to meaningful use with ECW software

July 10, 2017

A CMS spokesperson says the agency "realizes that providers may rely on the software they use for accuracy of reporting" and therefore will not penalize health care providers that attested to federal meaningful use criteria using eClinicalWorks software that did not actually meet the standards.

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