It’s happening in the Upstate and across the nation — hospitals are acquiring more physician practices as they prepare to move away from a fee-for-service reimbursement system that pays for services and treatments to one that focuses more on...
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT along with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services have compiled a list of Electronic Health Record products used for the attestation of Meaningful Use under the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The file containing this data is in a csv format and is updated monthly.
Jim Brule's insight:
Actually, not much news here - less than a 3% increase in attestations. Not surprising, given that most are mid-year in their second or third year of demonstrating MU. But it's good to have the current data!
According to a survey released today by the American Institute of CPAs, many don’t understand some key, basic facts about health insurance. The telephone survey of 1,008 U.S. adults, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that 51% could not accurately define at least one of three common terms: premium, deductible and co-pay.
The Consumer Partnership for eHealth, a coalition of more than 50 consumer, patient and labor organizations, has published an action plan designed to ensure that disparities of care are a critical focus of Stage 3 meaningful use.
ObamaCare is not going to reduce the financial burden of health care for the majority of Americans who are privately insured; rather, the private insurance system is going to continue pushing cost responsibility to consumers.
Hospitals across the country are buying more physician practices as they prepare to move away from fee-for-service reimbursements to a system that pays for treatments focusing on outcomes and cost containment.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Technical glitches still plague the display of new healthcare plans to be offered to millions of uninsured Americans starting in 26 days, including how medical charges and deductibles...
NewPublicHealth spoke with Carolyn Greene, MD, Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Division of Epidemiology, about the plans and goals for the NYC Macroscope program.
The proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 Beta is achievable with 2011 CEHRT, and allowing it to be used along with the 2014 CEHRT for an interim Stage 2 Beta, should provide immediate resolution to the problem at hand. Since most 2011 CEHRT contain functionality to meet the problematic measures anyway, my guess would be that these newly designated Menu measures will be very popular with Stage 2 Beta attestations, particularly because many of the current Stage 2 Menu measures are heavily dependent on non-existing third party infrastructure. And just so CMS doesn’t feel that it is giving away too much by allowing 2011 CEHRT to be used for a slightly less stringent Core set, let's up the ante on the Menu measures and require that 5 are satisfied instead of the current three.
Jim Brule's insight:
A lousy idea: we don't need more versions of the rules. Instead, let's extend the time it takes to complete your 90days / calendar quarter of demonstration.
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