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ACR Meaningful Use Survey for Radiologists

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is conducting a very brief, one-minute, 3-question survey for radiologists regarding the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The objective of the survey is to get a better understanding of radiologists’ decisions to participate or not participate in the program. 47 more words

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ONC Federal Advisory Committees Hold Joint Meeting on Interoperability; Two Senior ONC Staff Leaving the Agency

On October 15, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) held a joint meeting of the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee to discuss the draft interoperability roadmap, health information exchange (HIE: the verb, not necessarily the noun) governance, and the JASON Task Force recommendations. 90 more words

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CMS Addresses Attestation System Issue by Extending Significant Hardship Exception Application Deadline for Some

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the significant hardship exception application deadline has been extended until November 30, 2014 for physicians who are eligible to use the September 4, 2014 flexibility AND who were unable to attest by the October 1, 2014 deadline for first-year participants. 141 more words

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CMS’ Timeline to Update the Meaningful Use Attestation System to Cause Problems for Some Physicians

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently discovered an issue with the timing of a planned update to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) attestation system for the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. 322 more words

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Additional Information on MU Stage 1 and 2 “View/Download/ Transmit” (Patient Portal) Objective

It has been a busy couple of weeks in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. While everyone’s focus was on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule to allow a certain subset of participants to meaningfully use (MU) EHR technology with outdated certification status, as well as on the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) “Release 2” of the 2014 Edition EHR certification criteria, CMS distributed some clarifications regarding the… 445 more words

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William Hyman: Despite the Hype, UDI Remains a Work in Progress

As I noted in a June blog on unique device identification (UDI), there was a proposal under consideration that would have required electronic health records (EHRs) to have the ability to capture UDIs–at least for implantable devices which are the first devices mandated to have UDIs. 531 more words

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ONC Publishes the Final ‘2014 Edition Release 2’ EHR Certification Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) published its final rule to promulgate the “2014 Edition Release 2” EHR certification criteria for health IT products used in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. 410 more words

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