Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to allow for the sharing of health information. If a patient, for example, is found to have an allergy to penicillin at the family doctor’s office, then emergency room and other medical providers should be able to see the allergy in their EHR systems. Unfortunately, EHR systems do not ...
Jan 18th, 2017
Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discuss how the agencies they oversee have tackled the challenges of meeting clinicians’ data needs in a value-based healthcare system (The CMS Blog, Jan. 17). The goal, they say, is to use the ...
Nov 9th, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability 2017 Final Rule. The ONC Health IT Certification Program is a voluntary program to provide for the certification of health IT standards, and “to provide assurance ...
In CMS
Jun 5th, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released June updates to the 2014 electronic clinical measures (eCQMs), which affects eligible professionals who are maintaining the EHR Incentive Program’s Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. In the final rule, CMS outlines the timeline for reviewing ...
In Billing
Jun 2nd, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released ts first annual update to the Medicare hospital charge data, or information comparing the average amount a hospital bills for services provided in connection with a similar inpatient stay or outpatient visit. CMS is also released a suite of other data products and tools aimed to ...