CMS signs participants for new payment model
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that 1,299 healthcare...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: How Medicare fee schedule changes will affect radiology Medical groups back more patient time, less paperwork CMS launches Quality Payment Program participation tool CMS finalizes overhaul to meaningful use program CMS proposes 'site-neutral' payments for outpatient, hospital clinic visits (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 9, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

HHS audit finds hospitals overbill for IMRT planning
The Medicare system overpaid U.S. hospitals by nearly $26 million for...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: OIG questions some meaningful use payments NY mobile imaging firm hit by OIG investigation Federal probe confirms scheduling woes at Phoenix VA (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CHS under investigation related to federal incentive program
Franklin-based Community Health Systems Inc. is under investigation in connection to a federal law meant to encourage the use of electronic health records. The company is responding to a “civil investigative demand” relating to the health care giant’s implementation of electronic health records and the meaningful use program, according to CHS’ second-quarter filings with the SEC. The U.S. government created the meaningful use program as part of the 2009 Health Information Technology for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 14, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Joel Stinnett Source Type: news

CMS finalizes overhaul to meaningful use program
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CMS proposes 'site-neutral' payments for outpatient, hospital clinic visits Radiology escapes big cuts to Medicare payments in 2019 Billing for off-campus hospital outpatient departments CMS proposes overhaul of meaningful use program Mixed results for radiology in final 2018 Hospital OPPS (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 3, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

AMA offers recommendations on AI in healthcare
The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted its first policy recommendations...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Critic calls JAMA study on mammo screening 'inadequate' Should radiologists and pathologists unite to master AI? AMA recommends changes to meaningful use (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - June 18, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Medusa Medical Technologies Partners with Beyond Lucid Technologies to Provide Prehospital Data Exchange
HALIFAX, NS and CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2018) — Medusa Medical Technologies today announced that it has partnered with California-based Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) to create a “plug-and-play” solution for exchanging EMS-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) data with electronic health records in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. The collaboration fuses Medusa’s solution, Siren ePCR, with BLT’s MEDIVIEW™ Beacon Health Information Exchange, and will allow EMS and Fire agencies to achieve new levels of data sharing with their local hospital networks. It’s techno...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Medusa Medical Technologies Partners with Beyond Lucid Technologies to Provide Prehospital Data Exchange
HALIFAX, NS and CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2018) — Medusa Medical Technologies today announced that it has partnered with California-based Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) to create a “plug-and-play” solution for exchanging EMS-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) data with electronic health records in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. The collaboration fuses Medusa’s solution, Siren ePCR, with BLT’s MEDIVIEW™ Beacon Health Information Exchange, and will allow EMS and Fire agencies to achieve new levels of data sharing with their local hospital networks. It’s techno...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Medusa Medical Technologies Partners with Beyond Lucid Technologies to Provide Prehospital Data Exchange
HALIFAX, NS and CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2018) — Medusa Medical Technologies today announced that it has partnered with California-based Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) to create a “plug-and-play” solution for exchanging EMS-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) data with electronic health records in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. The collaboration fuses Medusa’s solution, Siren ePCR, with BLT’s MEDIVIEW™ Beacon Health Information Exchange, and will allow EMS and Fire agencies to achieve new levels of data sharing with their local hospital networks. It’s techno...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

CMS proposes overhaul of meaningful use program
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a number...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ASTRO urges CMS to shorten MIPS reporting period CMS updates MRI coverage for cardiac device patients Groups ask CMS to reconsider NaF-PET coverage SNMMI urges CMS to classify radiotracers as drugs CMS delay of decision support creates opportunities (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CMS overhauls meaningful use EHR program, removes redundancies
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. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - April 25, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CMS to Recast'Meaningful Use' Data Reporting Rules CMS to Recast'Meaningful Use' Data Reporting Rules
Medicare officials also are using the update of an annual payment to compel hospitals to put their standard charges on the Internet and to address price of costly CAR T cancer treatment.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Meaningful Use 2018: Requirements and How to Reach Those Hard to Hit Measures
April 19, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. Webinar will discuss the 2018 measure requirements, reporting period, and options for KY Medicaid Meaningful Use. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden
The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS'now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - February 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Hospital Participation in Meaningful Use and Racial Disparities in Readmissions
Study measured the impact of hospital participation in Meaningful Use (MU) on disparities in 30-day readmissions associated with race. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Meaningful Use versus Quality Payment - Health IT Incentives for 2017 and 2018
January 23, 2018 3:00-4:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - January 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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

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 Special Topics - December 5, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: Administration and Leadership Mobile Integrated Healthcare 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