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Ideas, insight and analysis to help physicians, medical groups and health systems stay informed and profitable in today's challenging health care environment.
Stephanie Zaremba

Stephanie Zaremba

Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Stephanie Zaremba

The Clipboard Routine

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

A simple legal fix--reforming the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Laws--could solve healthcare's maddening "clipboard routine." 

October 11, 2016|Categories: Cloud Services, All Things EMR, More Disruption Please, Healthcare Policy and Reform, Interoperability

Stephanie Zaremba

Which Guarantee Is Not Like the Others?

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

MIPS: Our biggest and boldest guarantee yet.

July 25, 2016|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Cloud Services, Medical Billing and Payers

Stephanie Zaremba

Our ONC Interoperability Pledge

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Today athenahealth joined a number of other health IT vendors signing on to the latest government-orchestrated ‘private sector commitment to interoperability’ in healthcare. Congratulations to us, and to every other company that took the bold step of allowing our company names to be added to a list appended to an HHS press release.  

March 01, 2016|Categories: Interoperability

Stephanie Zaremba

So You Heard Meaningful Use is Ending...

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

As you may have heard by now, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Andy Slavitt recently announced that “the Meaningful Use program as it has existed, will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” And if you are a clinician who has been diligently measuring and reporting your every click for the past few years, you likely have some questions: It’s over? What prompted this shift? What will these changes look like? When will they be implemented? Does this mean your days of box-checking are finally over?

February 03, 2016|Categories: Meaningful Use

Stephanie Zaremba

Stage 3 of Meaningful Use Still Lacks Interoperability and Provider Groups Aren't Pleased

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use for 2015-2017 and new Stage 3 requirements to take effect in 2018. This final rule was largely consistent with what CMS proposed in April, aimed at reducing the complexity of program requirements. Yet despite CMS’s attempt to simplify the Meaningful Use program in response to years of stakeholder complaints, the final rule was again met with widespread criticism, particularly from providers.

November 12, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use, Interoperability

Stephanie Zaremba

The Forecast for Health Reform Post-SGR Repeal: Sunny or Stormy?

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

The 10-plus-year Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) debacle is over. For years, physicians have watched the same scene play out year after year: the SGR formula threatens automatic Medicare reimbursement cuts of up to 25%. Congress, having no intention of forcing physicians take such a drastic pay cut for caring for our nation’s senior citizens, passes a temporary “patch” to prevent the cuts from taking effect. This annual ritual became known as the “doc fix.” 

April 17, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform

Stephanie Zaremba

FDA’s “Enforcement Discretion” Draws Health IT Entrepreneurs to Capitol Hill

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Bystanders in the nation’s capital on Monday afternoon witnessed a rare sight. A group of 20 health IT entrepreneurs left their natural habitats — the basements and garages where they typically code day and night to fix health care — and ventured into the unfamiliar halls of Congress to deliver an important message.

June 04, 2014|Categories: More Disruption Please, Healthcare Policy and Reform

Stephanie Zaremba

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished in Meaningful Use

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Not even three months ago, Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced that there would be no more delays of the compliance dates for the Meaningful Use program (she said the same thing about ICD-10, but let’s not go there). Earlier this week, CMS essentially reversed that position in what amounted to a big smack in the face to any health care provider that has put in the effort and time to knock Stage 2 out of the park.

May 23, 2014|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use

Stephanie Zaremba

An Innovative Marriage of Patient Safety and Electronic Medical Records

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

Last month, partnered with Quantros, a patient safety organization (PSO) that provides leading cloud-based services for quality, safety, and clinical business intelligence solutions.

November 18, 2013|Categories: All Things EMR, Healthcare Policy and Reform

Stephanie Zaremba

Let’s Create a Market for Health Information Exchange

by Stephanie Zaremba, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs

On October 3, the Health IT Initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center released two complementary reports  on the need to move forward with electronic health information exchange (HIE). We collaborated in the creation of the recommendations in both reports, and I represented athenahealth for a panel discussion of the findings.

October 05, 2012|Categories: Care Coordination, Interoperability, Healthcare Policy and Reform

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