MIPS Audits: Lessons Learned from Meaningful Use

Healthcare IT Today

Just as the Meaningful Use (MU) EHR Incentive program brought potential audits to providers, so it will be with the MIPS program. Administration Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Regulations EMR Advocate Guidehouse Jim Tate meaningful use Meaningful Use Audit Medicaid Medicare MIPS MIPS Audit MIPS Consulting MIPS ScoreThe following is a guest blog post by Jim Tate, Founder of EMR Advocate & MIPS Consulting.

Meaningful use is dead (long live meaningful use)

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VA: Jackson in or out? Opioids bills chug along


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DrChrono gets Meaningful Use Stage 3 certification for its mobile-first EHR

Mobi Health News

DrChrono has announced that its EHR, which runs on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, has attained ONC certification for Meaningful Use Stage 3. The company believes it is the first to obtain that certification for a mobile-based product

CMS overhauls meaningful use EHR program, removes redundancies

Mobi Health News

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on Tuesday announced changes to overhaul the meaningful use EHR incentive program, including equipping patients with access to their electronic health records on the day they leave the hospital

Cassidy proposes meaningful use, other changes

Morning eHealth

athenahealth’s Jonathan Bush admits to assault of ex-wife — Puerto Rico’s hurricane death toll larger than originally tallied

CR contains telehealth, ACO, meaningful use goodies

Morning eHealth

Soon-Shiong will be new LA Times owner — FDA gets comments on clinical decision support

Community Health Systems facing EHR Meaningful Use investigation


A disclosure buried in Community Health Systems' latest financial filing says the company has received a civil investigative demand "relating to the Company’s adoption of electronic health records technology and the meaningful use program

Coffey Health's $250K settlement highlights meaningful use documentation risks


Coffey Health System will repay $250,000 of the $2.2 million it received in incentive payments as part of a settlement with the Department of Justice over alleged False Claims Act violations

Kansas’ Coffey Health System Pays $250K to Settle False Claims Act Violations Around Meaningful Use

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The amount paid is a portion of the $2.2 million in federal incentives that Coffey Health System received in 2012 and 2013

Athenahealth Will Pay $18.25 Million To Settle Kickback Allegations

Healthcare IT Today

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Healthcare Technology Regulation: Past, Present and Future – #HITsm Chat Topic

Healthcare IT Today

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Practice Fusion to Pay $145 Million In Fines To Resolve Kickback Investigations

Healthcare IT Today

Practice Fusion, a San Francisco-based EHR vendor with a controversy-rich history, has agreed to pay $145 million to settle allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme designed to increase opioid prescriptions and issues with their meaningful use EHR certification.

Meaningful Use Education Module: Transitions of Care

Medicine and Technology

What do you know about Stage 2 Meaningful Use around Transitions of Care? From the ONC: Reflecting our continued commitment to expand the Stage 2 / 2014 Edition meaningful use education portfolio beyond webinars and speaking events, today ONC is launching a a brand new self-paced education module on the "transitions of care" interoperability criteria. CMS education meaningful use ONC

CMS launches new initiatives to expand patient access to health data, plans ‘complete overhaul’ of Meaningful Use


The agency also plans to overhaul the Meaningful Use program to place more emphasis on interoperability Seema Verma announced two new initiatives from CMS aimed at giving patients access to their health data by opening up claims data to app developers.

10 Years Since HITECH: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Healthcare IT Today

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Health IT Leaders choose MU, Consumerism and Cloud as Top Stories of Past Decade

Healthcare IT Today

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MU Study Suggests That A Health IT Divide May Be Emerging Among Physicians

Healthcare IT Today

In retrospect, we probably should have predicted that once Meaningful Use was put into place, some physicians would be better situated than others to take advantage of the program. Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Healthcare IT IT Role Health IT Digital Divide MACRA meaningful use Medicare MIPS Physician MU Attestation SK&A

CMS’ Proposed PI Rule Changes Is A Good Start, But Does It Address Enough?

Electronic Health Reporter

Federal healthcare organizations, such as CMS, have spent billions of dollars over the years trying to bridge the gap between medical data and quality patient care with interoperability requirements and data integration, the mesh used to try and bridge the gap. Editorial EHRs Inpatient Prospective Payment System interoperability Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System meaningful use Thanh Tran Zoeticx

Looking Back at the Last Decade of Health IT – Healthcare IT Today Podcast Episode 26

Healthcare IT Today

Government Regulations – Meaningful Use. For the 26th episode of the Healthcare IT Podcast, and we’re taking a look back at the last decade of Health IT. Hard to believe that it’s almost 2020, but as we enter the new decade join us as we look back.

Healthcare Roundup—Flu cases on the decline; CMS to overhaul Meaningful Use


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season has peaked; the Joint Commission releases its 2017 sentinel event data; plus more healthcare news from around the web

Data sharing woes slow advance of clinical registries — SCOTUS hears health data sharing case — Fewer meaningful use hardship exemptions than expected

Morning eHealth

SCOTUS hears health data sharing case

Albert Oriol, CIO, Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

Culture Interviews Leadership/Staff Management Meaningful Use Mentoring Patient Engagement Telemedicine Albert Oriol Rady Children's HospitalFor Albert Oriol, effective leadership comes down to four basic steps: setting the right vision, connecting the dots, listening to the team, and removing any obstacles in the way.

CMS rebrands Meaningful Use, reduces reporting measures


The Trump administration maintained its focus on reduced reporting burdens and greater price transparency as part of its annual Medicare payment proposal. Hospitals were generally supportive of the proposal, but are pushing back on mandatory technology upgrades

Three Big Questions for Stage 3 & Patient Engagement

Chilmark Research

For many, the delay of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program evoked a collective sigh of relief, providing a much-needed extra year to focus on the challenging requirements for patient engagement and interoperability. The language used thus far raises much speculation about what exactly this inclusion will mean when it hits the front lines. Each of these use cases brings with it a unique set of programmatic and technical components.

Sheri Rawlings, CIO, San Juan Regional Medical Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

In this interview, Rawlings provides her honest take on Meaningful Use — and why it’s much more challenging for community hospitals, and the strategy she employs when introducing change. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. So many of the patients who would use this technology are younger and they’re not chronic patients. Meaningful Use works great if you’re working in a big city with a bunch of organizations in it.

Theresa Meadows, SVP & CIO, Cook Children’s Health Care System, Chapter 1

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. So we’re really excited about what telehealth can bring to that population, and hopefully that will begin to allow more and more use of that technology. We saw Meaningful Use as something we were already striving for before the regulations came out, so for us it’s more about being prepared, and if there are penalties that begin with the Medicaid population, then we will be prepared for that.

Eric Yablonka, VP & CIO, University of Chicago Medicine, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

In this interview, he talks about the multi-year Phoenix Project at U of C, what it’s like to be work in a translational research environment; and where his team stands with Meaningful Use. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. What I mean by that is, as things happen and we have that data on the bus, it allows us to repurpose it and use it in a real-time way.

Ed Grogan, VP & CIO, Calvert Health System, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. Gamble: At this point, you’re exchanging information with both the employed and affiliated practices, and NextGen is primarily being used among the employed physician practices? About 25 percent of the providers using the NextGen platform are employed. So we have quite a few independent physicians, one very large practice, and a lot of small practices in the community using it.

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Randy McCleese, CIO, St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

Claire’s journey from best-of-breed to an integrated system, the organization’s three-pronged approach to Meaningful Use, the ACO path it is pursuing with Bon Secours Health System, and its involvement in the Northern Kentucky RHIO and the Kentucky HIE. LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. ACOs HIE Meaningful Use Telemedicine Meditech Podcast Randy McCleese St.

HHS’ move to slash HIPAA fines

Morning eHealth

CMS audit turns up more inappropriate meaningful use payments — Early lessons on patient generated health data

Stephen Clark, CIO, Albemarle Health, Chapter 2

Health System CIO

LISTEN NOW USING THE PLAYER BELOW OR CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR iTUNES PODCAST FEED. A lot of larger organizations have a team of people that are dedicated just to focus on Meaningful Use. Meaningful Use Stage 2 Quality Measures Telemedicine Workflow/Usability Albemarle Health Epic Meditech Podcast Stephen ClarkCPOE roadblocks — “The technology gets in the way.” “At-the-elbow

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Podcast: HIMSS CEO Steve Lieber, 2014 edition

Meaningful HIT News

Lieber reiterated HIMSS’ position that the federal government should extend the attestation period for Meaningful Use Stage 2 by one year. 3:10 New ONC EHR certification proposal and continued questions about Meaningful Use Stage 2. 9:05 Remember “macro objective” of Meaningful Use. 17:20 Progress on Meaningful Use so far.

All my HIMSS coverage in one place

Meaningful HIT News

Tavenner: 2014 is your last chance for a hardship exemption for Meaningful Use 2 (Feb. Interoperability Showcase uses car crash to show how connected data really can improve patient care (March 5). The last of my 10 MedCity News stories from HIMSS14 has been posted. It’s a nice mix of news, features, analysis and commentary. Here are links to all of them, in chronological order.

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Video: Farzad Mostashari on patient engagement, ‘physician ACOs’

Meaningful HIT News

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Reflections from the HIMSS/AMDIS Physicians' IT Symposium at #HIMSS13

Medicine and Technology

Let me highlight a few key points and reflections I jotted down as I sat through several presentations about Meaningful Use (MU) and the future of clinical informatics: Health IT is about improving clinical workflow efficiency and patient care. Or, are we putting too much emphasis on achieving Meaningful Use? We've seen many physicians and hospitals achieve Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 1. I am in New Orleans attending the 2013 HIMSS conference.

We need to find the Steve Jobs of health care tech


As an early adopter of EHR since 2003 and a self-avowed "techie," I can vouch for the fact that many of the government initiatives in HIT, like "meaningful use," […]. A featured article titled "Death by A Thousand Clicks" addressed some of the serious problems and challenges we still face in the "digitization" of health care.

Key Perspectives on Virtual Care with HCTec and Qure4u

Healthcare IT Today

While virtual care doesn’t have quite the same funding that EMR had with meaningful use, there are a lot of similarities to where we’re at today with virtual care as compared to where we were with EMR back when the government poured down $36 billion of stimulus money on EMR.

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Doctors should start watching more science fiction. Here’s why.


I expect to turn around from my screen someday, and Arnold will lift me by my throat saying, “You haff not been doing yuh meaningful use.” I often say that electronic health records (EHRs) is like Skynet in the Terminator. We practice in a time when EHR confounds us by freezing, crashing and chaining us continuously to our work, as we spend evenings and weekends on documentation. Read more. Your patients are rating you online: How to respond.

In whistleblower lawsuit, former CHS executives allege EHR had pervasive, dangerous flaws


In a whistleblower lawsuit, two former senior IT executives at Community Health Systems allege the healthcare system submitted hundreds of millions of dollars in false claims to HHS to receive federal meaningful use incentive payments

Asparia Chatbot Integration with Epic Yields a Seamless Experience for Patients and Epic Users

Healthcare IT Today

Rapid EMR adoption and implementation fueled by the generous government incentive program (Meaningful Use) EMR Consolidation. If I were to map out the phases of EMR, it would look like this: EMR Adoption.