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Cancer Treatment Chain Settles Meaningful Use Case for $26M Cancer Treatment Chain Settles Meaningful Use Case for $26M
21st Century Oncology disclosed to the government it had committed fraud to obtain EHR incentives; it also settled allegations of bribing doctors to refer patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

For leukemia patients, transfusion needs may delay hospice care
(Brown University) Researchers report that thousands of leukemia patients who received frequent transfusions had very short stays in hospice at the end of life, suggesting that transfusion dependence presents a barrier to making meaningful use of palliative care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Senators Introduce Meaningful Use Rollback Bill Senators Introduce Meaningful Use Rollback Bill
It would mainly affect hospitals; few physicians are still in the Medicaid meaningful use program.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Announces Deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange
CONCORD, CA; ROGERS, AR; and DENVER: Beyond Lucid Technologies (“BLT”), a software company that has been called “Silicon Valley’s Emergency Medical Technology Experts,” is excited to announce the deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, at five hospitals in three key markets for Fire & EMS innovation: Napa County, California; Benton County, Arkansas; and Denver, Colorado.  In pipeline are hospitals in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina, in conjunction with Beyond Lucid Technologies’s fire and EMS partner-clients who transport to hospi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Beyond Lucid Technologies Announces Deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange
CONCORD, CA; ROGERS, AR; and DENVER: Beyond Lucid Technologies (“BLT”), a software company that has been called “Silicon Valley’s Emergency Medical Technology Experts,” is excited to announce the deployment of the MEDIVIEW BEACON Prehospital Health Information Exchange, at five hospitals in three key markets for Fire & EMS innovation: Napa County, California; Benton County, Arkansas; and Denver, Colorado.  In pipeline are hospitals in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, and South Carolina, in conjunction with Beyond Lucid Technologies’s fire and EMS partner-clients who transport to hospi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - October 9, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Beyond Lucid Technologies Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

The Meaningful Use of Metrics
(MedPage Today) -- Do all these quality measures really help patients get better care? (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - September 28, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Physicians Receive Breaks in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Physicians Receive Breaks in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
The federal government has made it easier to earn a meaningful-use bonus under Medicaid next year. Those bonuses are available through 2021.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

University of Michigan Study Links Value-Based Care Programs to Lower Readmission Rates and $32 Million in Medicare Savings in 2015; Clinical Laboratories Play Critical Role
Meaningful use, accountable care organizations, and bundled payment initiatives work best together to reduce readmissions, UM research suggests Ever since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012, healthcare organizations all over America have sought to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. For […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 11, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations A. Everett James ACA Accountable Care Organizations ACO Affordable Care Act Andrew Ryan PhD BPCI bundled payments centers for medicare and medica Source Type: news

Avreo releases cloud-based speech software
Radiology workflow software developer Avreo has released Avreo Cloud VR, a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Avreo inks Iowa contract Avreo adds to installed base Avreo readies new software release for SIIM 2013 Avreo gets meaningful use certification Avreo readies new InterWorks release (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 19, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Proposed 2018 OPPS offers some positives for radiology
On July 13, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CMS releases final OPPS 2017 rule OPPS 2017: More cuts in store for radiology? CMS releases 2017 OPPS rule for outpatient payments CMS proposes meaningful use changes CMS shuffles the deck in 2016 hospital OPPS rules (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 17, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

EHR Products Used for Meaningful Use Attestation
This dataset combines meaningful use attestations from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program and certified health IT product data from the ONC Certified Health IT Product List to identify the unique vendors, products, and product types of each certified health IT product used to attest to meaningful use. The dataset also includes important provider-specific data, related to the provider's participation and status in the program, unique provider identifiers, and other characteristics unique to each provider, like geography and provider type. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

House Bill Would Lighten Meaningful Use Burden on Hospitals House Bill Would Lighten Meaningful Use Burden on Hospitals
But there's no indication the measure applies to physicians, despite sponsors'statement, says an MGMA expert.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Advancing Care Information How to Implement the New Meaningful Use Component of MIPS
July 7, 2017 3pm ET. (California Association of Physician Groups) (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Proposal to Take Back EHR Bonuses Galls Med Societies Proposal to Take Back EHR Bonuses Galls Med Societies
The HHS Inspector General estimates that $729 million was paid over 3 years to clinicians who didn't meet meaningful use requirements. It recommends recouping the money.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - June 13, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

OIG questions some meaningful use payments
The U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG) has estimated that the U.S. Centers...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CMS proposes meaningful use changes NY mobile imaging firm hit by OIG investigation CMS, ONC to replace meaningful use for physicians CMS, ONC officials preview new EHR incentive program CMS chief's comments hint meaningful use may be on life support (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Advancing Care Information - The New Meaningful Use
May 10, 2017 at 12 p.m ET or 3 p.m ET. Registration is required. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - May 1, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

A Rural-Urban Comparison of Hospitals Participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (February 2017)
Brief outlines the differences between rural and urban hospitals in implementing the Medicare and Medicaid Programs Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, which awards incentive payments to eligible Medicare participant hospitals demonstrating Meaningful Use (MU) of certified EHR. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 7, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Number of Physicians Increases during ACA Era
A recent research effort has uncovered that the number of physicians has actually gone up during the Affordable Care Act era, despite claims to the contrary. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Payers Source Type: news

Healthcare Groups Ask HHS Chief Price for Regulatory Relief Healthcare Groups Ask HHS Chief Price for Regulatory Relief
They demand an end to stage 3 of meaningful use and MIPS health Internet technology criteria; they also ask for elimination of new EHR certification that will require upgrades.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Previewing Tom Price & #039;s Reign as HHS Secretary
In what areas will Secretary Tom Price make an impact at the Department of Health and Human Services? MGMA's government affairs expert shares his insight. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Reporting Deadline for Physicians CMS Extends Meaningful Use Reporting Deadline for Physicians
Eligible professionals get 2 extra weeks to attest to meaningful use; last time for doctors going into MIPS.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

What Physicians Still Love about Medicine
Have regulations ruined medicine or can physicians and others still find love in their professions? Here's what some had to say. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Daily electronic health record reports meet meaningful use requirements, improve care efficiency, and provide a layer of safety for trauma patients - Stimson CE, Botruff AL.
The electronic health record (EHR) is frequently viewed as a government-mandated charting system. As simply a replacement for the paper record, however, it was also frequently found to be inconvenient and a distraction to patient care. Broader use of the t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

How Doctors Can Manage MACRA
Next year a lot will change for clinicians who treat a lot of Medicare patients, and yet many physicians and nurses don't understand what they need to do.On Jan. 1, how doctors are paid for treating Medicare patients will be measured by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Physician practices have a lot to do to prepare for MACRA.  It's part of the overall move away from fee-for-service to value-based care. By 2018, HHS seeks to have 90 percent of Medicare payments linked to quality. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 30, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kyle Higdon Tony Colarossi Tags: Blog Population Health Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

Gear Up Now to Get Higher Medicare Payments in 2019 Gear Up Now to Get Higher Medicare Payments in 2019
The meaningful use measures have been revamped as the Advancing Care Information requirements of MIPS. Here's how you can increase your payments by achieving the highest possible scores.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - December 29, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Challenges in Rural Medicine
Even though his practice is doing well in an underserved area of Georgia, this family medicine doctor still may have to sell it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 26, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Meaningful Use Work/Life Balance Technology Source Type: news

Study: Patients Healthier with Female Physicians
A new study from Harvard researchers is sure to cause some controversy as it deduces female physicians have an edge over their male counterparts. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 23, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Careers Meaningful Use Patient Relations Source Type: news

Meaningful Use Penalty to Hit 171,000 Clinicians Next Year Meaningful Use Penalty to Hit 171,000 Clinicians Next Year
One medical association blames CMS for setting clinicians up for failure in the controversial EHR incentive program.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

14 Quotes that Defined the Year in Healthcare
It was a year filled with tumultuous uncertainty, new regulations, and increasing physician burnout. Here's a look back at 2016. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 19, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Career Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

The EMS Reimbursement Revolution —Experts Provide Tips for Success, Part 2
Part 1 of this discussion is available here. The healthcare system is undergoing arguably the most transformative shift in economic models in recent history, transitioning away from fee-for-service (FFS) models that financially reward providers based on the volume of services provided, to value-based models that financially reward providers based on the value of the services they provide. EMS is not immune to these changes. We need to be prepared for some tough questions and interesting economic proposals that are beginning to be introduced in some EMS systems. At the Pinnacle EMS Conference in San...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - December 5, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: Mobile Integrated Healthcare Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Geriatric ED: Cost-Efficient Hub of Care
Geriatric emergency departments can pay for themselves by meeting healthcare reform incentive goals No one can deny the aging of our population in general, and of the emergency department patient load in particular. But there is some disagreement about how EDs should respond – specifically whether it is appropriate to design geriatric emergency departments. After all, in an era of belt-tightening and budget slashing is it really our priority to invest in softer mattresses, warmer lighting and aromatherapy? I aim to dispel the myth that geriatric EDs are just about superficial aesthetic improvements and show that thes...
Source: EPMonthly.com - December 2, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Logan Plaster Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Trump Makes Picks to Head HHS and CMS
This week, President-elect Donald Trump announced his picks to head Health and Human Services and CMS. Plus, the 21st Century Cures Act passes the House. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Technology Source Type: news

Geriatric ED: Cost-Efficient Hub of Care
Geriatric emergency departments can pay for themselves by meeting healthcare reform incentive goals No one can deny the aging of our population in general, and of the emergency department patient load in particular. But there is some disagreement about how EDs should respond – specifically whether it is appropriate to design geriatric emergency departments. After all, in an era of belt-tightening and budget slashing is it really our priority to invest in softer mattresses, warmer lighting and aromatherapy? I aim to dispel the myth that geriatric EDs are just about superficial aesthetic improvements and show that thes...
Source: EPMonthly.com - November 25, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Logan Plaster Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Goodbye SGR, Hello MACRA
How will CMS’s new physician payment policy impact emergency physicians? For nearly twenty years the debate in Washington surrounding physician payment policy revolved around the SGR, or the Sustainable Growth Rate. That all changed last year when Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, commonly referred to as “MACRA” in and around the beltway. Many refer to MACRA as the “SGR-fix,” but in reality the legislation has much broader implications. It will not only change reimbursement rates but the entire payment formula and incentives for virtually every physician in the ...
Source: EPMonthly.com - November 25, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

CMS releases final OPPS 2017 rule
On November 1, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: OPPS 2017: More cuts in store for radiology? CMS proposes meaningful use changes CMS shuffles the deck in 2016 hospital OPPS rules CMS proposal could lead to more code bundling in 2016 HOPPS 2015 rule would boost breast biopsy payments (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 4, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS Cuts Meaningful Use Reporting Period to 90 Days CMS Cuts Meaningful Use Reporting Period to 90 Days
No mass hardship exceptions are expected, but new participants in the meaningful use program have until October 2017 to attest.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH) Hits Major Milestone; Assists 1,000 New Hampshire Healthcare Providers Achieve Meaningful Use
The Regional Extension Center of New Hampshire (RECNH) announced today that it has reached its goal of assisting 1,000 Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) across the state in achieving Meaningful Use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 23, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Geriatric ED: Cost-Efficient Hub of Care
  Geriatric emergency departments can pay for themselves by meeting healthcare reform incentive goals No one can deny the aging of our population in general, and of the emergency department patient load in particular. But there is some disagreement about how EDs should respond – specifically whether it is appropriate to design geriatric emergency departments. After all, in an era of belt-tightening and budget slashing is it really our priority to invest in softer mattresses, warmer lighting and aromatherapy? I aim to dispel the myth that geriatric EDs are just about superficial aesthetic improvements and show th...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Logan Plaster Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Practice Rounds: Meaningful Use Has Fallen Short
When it comes to running a practice economically, physicians are getting creative, and new research indicates that Meaningful Use falls short. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 16, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: EHR Meaningful Use Operations Patients Source Type: news

Meaningful Use gets a meaningful change: 90-day reporting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a proposed change making Meaningful Use more flexible for physicians by allowing them to report only for a 90-day period in 2016. Also included in the change is a hardship exemption for first time Meaningful Use participants to report once in 2017 to satisfy both Meaningful Use and the Advanced Care Information (ACI) performance category in the upcoming Merit-based Incentive Performance System (MIPS). Physicians have long called for the Meaningful Use program to be more flexible among other characteristics. In itsOutpatient Prospective Payment System propose...
Source: AMA Wire - September 13, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

MACRA Changes Are a Good First Step, Say Provider Groups
Provider groups say CMS'changes to the first year of MACRA compliance reporting are a nice first step, but more needs to be done. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 12, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Billing Compliance Healthcare Reform Meaningful Use Source Type: news

CMS offers alternatives for MACRA implementation
Shedding some light on its initiative to promote value-based healthcare, the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Could MACRA implementation be delayed? CMS releases 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule MedPAC schools Congress on how to implement MACRA 3 ways radiologists can prepare for MACRA CMS, ONC to replace meaningful use for physicians (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 9, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Does Equitable Access to Healthcare Include Access to Electronic Health Records?
An article summarizing EHR use at the state level. Also includes an Excel spreadsheet that compares meaningful use and EHR adoption at the state level. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Technology Critical for Smaller Practices to Tackle MACRA
Smaller practices are less likely to use or upgrade technology, but they may not survive MACRA without it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 2, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Tom Giannulli, MD, MS Tags: Blog Healthcare Reform EHR Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

5 tips to surviving Meaningful Use audits
The Meaningful Use (MU) program as doctors know it may soon be ending, but audits of past attestations are slated to continue for at least the next 6 years. Experts offer the following guidance on how to successfully manage audits and subsequent appeals. 1. Expect... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - August 16, 2016 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

5 tips to surviving Meaningful Use audits
The Meaningful Use (MU) program as doctors know it may soon be ending, but audits of past attestations are slated to continue for at least the next 6 years. Experts offer the following guidance on... (Source: Family Practice News)
Source: Family Practice News - August 16, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How Medicare regulatory penalties will change
Regulatory penalties under the current Medicare payment system have been rising, overwhelming physicians with reporting burdens just to avoid payment cuts. But how will financial penalties and bonuses change in the new system? Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), regulatory penalties starting in 2019 will be much less severe, and physicians will have greater opportunity for bonuses.How MIPS will be different The current pay-for-performance programs —the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the value-based payment modifier (VBM) and the Meaningful Use electronic health record program&...
Source: AMA Wire - August 12, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

MACRA Delay is & quot;Inevitable, & quot; Says Expert
In our latest podcast we spoke with two healthcare policy stakeholders on the potential delay of MACRA, and what it could mean for small practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 11, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Healthcare Reform Compliance Meaningful Use Source Type: news

ACR Members Appointed to Key CMS MACRA Committee
Ezequiel Silva III, MD, FACR, Gregory Nicola, MD, and Joshua Hirsch, MD, FACR & mdash; all experienced members of the American College of Radiology (ACR) leadership team & mdash; have been appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee. Convened by CMS, the MACRA Episode Care Groups and Resource Use Measures Clinical Committee will provide clinical input on the specifications for the care episode and patient condition groups that will be used as the basis for episode-based, risk...
Source: American College of Radiology - July 29, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

For Medical Literature Expertise, Ask a Librarian
As the role of medical librarians expands, their instruction and research skills are being utilized in healthcare settings to produce high quality systematic reviews, contribute to establishing practice guidelines, and consult about meaningful use. A librarian is the guide to learning how best to evaluate the medical literature and find evidence-based resources. In a time of economic challenges for many institutions, librarians can continue to increase value by offering services and participating on teams to improve access to resources, knowledge of healthcare providers and as a result, patient care. Rachel Walden, Associa...
Source: Dragonfly - July 28, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Patricia Devine Tags: News From NN/LM PNR Source Type: news