Edition Eighty-Five (3/20/12)
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Aligns
HIEs, Public Health
Health IT, 3/15/12
The proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules have spurred partnerships
between public health agencies and HIEs, which will act as
intermediaries for electronic reporting of public health data.
Small Practices No Longer Lagging
in EHR Adoption
Solo practitioners and small physician practices finally are jumping
onto the EHR bandwagon, for the first time adopting EHR systems at a
greater rate than larger medical groups.
Meaningful Use Stage 2 Appeals
Process Expanded--But Not by Much
The proposed rule outlining Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive
program expands the appeals process for eligible hospitals and
providers—but not as much as they may have hoped.
Inside Meaningful Use 2 NPRMs: A
Health IT, 3/12/12
The notices of proposed rulemaking attempt to strike a difficult
balance between sustaining forward momentum toward Meaningful goals
and ensuring providers who face greater impediments to EHR adoption
have the time, support, and incentive to catch up.
What Universal Device Identifiers
Could Do For EHRs
The FDA and ONC have discussed including a universal device identifier
in Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program to boost patient safety.
Doctors, Patients Can Spur HIE
Progress, Feds Say
National HIT Coordinator Mostashari is calling on clinicians and
patients to demand more data at point of care to help drive
development of HIEs
White House Names Park as Federal
Healthcare, subscription required, 3/9/12
President Barack Obama is appointing HHS Chief Technology Officer Todd
Park as the new federal chief technology officer.
CMS Officially Publishes MU2; Comment Countdown Begins
Health IT, 3/8/12
The CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health I.T.
officially published in the Federal Register the two proposed rules
for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, kicking off a 60-day public
An Unsung Victory in Healthcare
Great Debate, 3/6/12
In an opinion piece, former White House adviser Ezekiel Emanuel
credits the HITECH Act with significantly boosting EHR adoption.
However, he notes that there is concern about whether escalation of
the incentive program will occur.
12 Integration Capabilities EHRs Will Need to Have
IT News, 3/6/12
With Stage 2 waiting in the wings, the focus is now shifting onto the
electronic capture of health information and fostering data exchange
at points of care transitions.
Mostashari to Brailer: 'Tremendous Movement' Ahead for Health I.T.
Health IT, 3/6/12
In an interview, National Coordinator for Health I.T. Farzad
Mostashari predicted 40 percent of primary care providers will have a
basic EHR by the end of this year, and that half will have one within
HIT: How Fast is it Spreading, and is the Nation Reaping the Benefits?
Technology Online, 3/6/12
Nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals and more than 41,000 doctors have now met
the standards for achieving Meaningful Use, and have received $3.1
billion in federal incentive payments as a result.
Legal Risks of Going Paperless
Medical News, 3/5/12
EHRs are meant to save time and money, but they also can create
liability issues for doctors.
First Look at the Next Stage of Meaningful Use
Medical News, 3/5/12
Earning bonuses and avoiding payment cuts during Stage 2 of the
multibillion-dollar federal EHR incentive program would require using
technology which meets tougher quality objectives and helps coordinate
HIMSS, MGMA-ACMPE Unveil HIE
HIMSS, the Medical Group Management Association and the American
College of Medical Practice Executives have partnered to produce the
Ambulatory HIE Toolkit, an online resource for healthcare
organizations considering and participating in HIE.
Mostashari: EHRs Will Help Most
Patients by 2013
Farzad Mostashari predicts by 2013 more than 50 percent of care will
being conducted using EHRs.
Meaningful Use Update: Submit
Once, Get Double Credit
Physicians and other individual eligible providers would not need to
meet different clinical quality measures to participate in both the
Meaningful Use program and the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting
System, under newly proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
ACOs, Population Health Management
Share a Common Thread
There may be no 'I' in team, but there is one in self-interest, and 59
percent of healthcare leaders feel it's keeping the industry from
solving its problems.
CMS Wants Your Vote on Clinical
Health IT, 2/27/12
The CMS wants to get feedback on a list of 125 potential clinical
quality measures for physicians and 49 potential measures for
hospitals as part of its proposed rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2.
Ultimately, CMS will decide on just a subset of the suggested
Companion Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Rule is Released
Data Management, 2/27/12
ONC released a proposed rule to set standards, implementation
specifications, and certification criteria for Stage 2 of the
Meaningful Use program.
Groups Weigh In on Meaningful Use
IT News, 2/24/12
Though most stakeholders are still drowning in the 455-page Meaningful
Use Stage 2 proposed rule, a few groups have stepped forward to weigh
CMS Releases Meaningful Use Proposed Rule
Health IT, 2/23/12
The CMS has laid out the details for how it will raise the bar for
healthcare providers to qualify for incentives with the release of its
proposed rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.
Mostashari: 'Breathtaking Progress' on EHR Front
Health IT, 2/23/12
The results of the health I.T. incentive program aimed at driving the
adoption of EHRs by hospitals and physicians have been
"breathtaking," Farzad Mostashari asserted in his keynote
address at HIMSS12.
CMS Stage 2 Rule: No Provider Mandate, But Higher Emphasis on Encryption
Data Management, 2/23/12
CMS’ proposed rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use does not mandate use
of encryption, but it does emphasize increased consideration of
encryption of data at rest in ambulatory and inpatient EHR systems.
Senator Warner Calls for Tougher Standards for EHRs
Congress’s gambit to create a national system of EHRs is “at risk of
failure or mediocrity” if federal regulators continue to water down
the standards doctors and hospitals must meet, Senator Mark Warner
(D-VA) wrote in a letter to federal health officials.
CHIME Urges HHS to Make Quick Decision on ICD-10
IT News, 2/21/12
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has called
on HHS to “quickly and decisively” set a compliance date for ICD-10.
CMS Has Paid $3.12B to Date for EHR Incentive Program
Finance News, 2/20/12
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said 2,000 hospitals and 41,000
physicians have received $3.12 billion in incentive payments for
EHR Use in U.S. Hospitals Has Doubled in Last Two Years
News Today, 2/20/12
The percentage of U.S. hospitals using HIT such as EHRs has more than
doubled in the last two years, according to an announcement by HHS
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
N.H. Receives First Community-Based
Healthcare, subscription required, 3/2/12
The CMS awarded $26.5 million over three years to New Hampshire, which
is the first state to receive new Medicaid grant money designed to keep
patients at home and out of nursing homes and other healthcare
CMS Delays 5010 Enforcement to
Data Management, 3/15/12
The CMS has extended the non-enforcement period for the HIPAA 5010
transaction sets another 90 days through June 30, 2012.
Quality Missing from ACO Equation?
Although most often applied to the Medicare Shared Savings Program or
the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization, the term ACO has
far-reaching applications, including those outside of the federal
AHRQ Plans Registry of Patient
Health IT, 2/22/12
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wants to develop a
searchable Registry of Patient Registries, which are databases that
track the experience of individuals with diseases and conditions, to
encourage collaboration and information sharing.
ONC Plans to Make Exchange a
Data Management, 2/22/12
The ONC has mapped out a plan to make the federally supported
Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange a not-for-profit
HRSA, Labor Department Sign Health
I.T. Training Agreement
Healthcare, subscription required, 2/21/12
Health Resources and Services Administration Administrator Mary
Wakefield announced an agreement between HRSA and the U.S. Department
of Labor to train students at community and technical colleges for
health I.T. jobs at hospitals and clinics in rural areas.