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Meaningful Use

Daniel Wasser, MD

Three Tips To Make Your Patient Safety Huddles More Effective

by Daniel Wasser, MD, Director of Clinical Integration, Grand Round Table

Despite the benefits to reimbursement, patient satisfaction, and patient outcomes, providers find it difficult to squeeze in any more work at the point of care.  With daily patient safety huddles, they can have their cake and eat it, too.

August 08, 2016|Categories: All Things EMR, Care Coordination, Meaningful Use, Models of Care

Allison LaValley

Meaningful Use Attestations: It's Not Just for Ambulatory Anymore!

by Allison LaValley, Executive Director of Clinical Performance

With the second year of behind us, athenahealth is delighted to announce something we expected all along: our clients rocked this shape-shifting, time-consuming, at times blood-boiling government program yet again.  

April 13, 2016|Categories: All Things EMR, Meaningful Use

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

Dan Haley

Meaningful Use: When the Exemption Becomes the Norm

by Dan Haley, SVP and General Counsel

Providers trying to keep up with the recent twists and turns of the federal Meaningful Use (MU) program could be forgiven an inclination to the proverbial long walk off a short pier. In the latest round of semi-insanity, CMS finally published the modified MU Stage 2 rule in October 2015, which is intended to apply to... 2015. In a rare mass coupling of stakeholder lions and lambs, provider groups and health IT vendor organizations alike rose up in unison and declared, in so many words, "Dude! That's just nuts."

December 28, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, 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

Michelle Mangino

Surviving Quality: Making Sense of PQRS and Meaningful Use [INFOGRAPHIC]

by Michelle Mangino, Social Media Manager

2015 has been a year of notable change in the way providers are getting paid under Medicare.  With the expansion of value-based reimbursement (VBR) and the overall shift away from incentive payments, many providers now face significant financial penalties for non-compliance. Practices that do not meet Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) requirements could lose as much as 9% of their 2017 Medicare reimbursement.

September 04, 2015|Categories: Healthcare Policy and Reform, Meaningful Use

Allison LaValley

3 Things to Know about CMS' Proposed Changes to Meaningful Use

by Allison LaValley, Executive Director of Clinical Performance

On April 10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made good on their promise from January to modify Meaningful Use requirements. The result is a 200-page document including detailed proposed changes to the Meaningful Use program, so we’ve surfaced some of the biggest takeaways providers should be aware of:  

April 28, 2015|Categories: Meaningful Use

Allison LaValley

Specialists, this One’s For You: Preventive Care Reminders Broken Down by 8 Specialties

by Allison LaValley, Executive Director of Clinical Performance

After my blog post in September, “ Six Months of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Data to Use,” I heard from providers asking show their particular specialty can meet the Preventive Care Reminders measure of

October 29, 2014|Categories: Meaningful Use

Peter E. Masucci

How We Met Difficult Meaningful Use Stage 2 Measures While Improving Care

by Peter E. Masucci, MD, P.C.

Heading into 2014, we knew we had our work cut out for us at our practice: We’d be attesting to Use Stage 2 and transitioning to ICD-10 all within the same year.

July 16, 2014|Categories: Meaningful Use, Patient Engagement

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

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