CMS Issues Slew of New Rules and Policies to Improve Patient Care, Boost Reimbursements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has been busy pushing out proposed rules and policy changes that will impact healthcare providers and patients in a variety of ways. Among the proposals it has made is a Data Driven Patient Care Strategy that puts patients at the center of healthcare and makes data more accessible […]

CMS Proposes Changes to Meaningful Use Reporting Period

A reprieve could be on the way for the more than 200,000 healthcare providers who have been struggling to meet their electronic health reporting (EHR) requirements under the Meaningful Use Program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has announced a proposed rule that would  allow clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals to use a […]

Updating HIPAA compliance in an age of data breaches

Recent data breaches at some of the country’s major healthcare organizations have prompted the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to update its 2011 version of its Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. The new guide, says the ONC, is specifically geared toward those providers who are “eligible professionals” […]

CMS to modify requirements for Meaningful Use

Bowing to pressure from physician groups, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Jan. 29 that it would amend its requirements for healthcare providers to meet meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive programs. Among the most significant of these changes is to shorten the Meaningful Use […]

Electronic health records create a number of problems for providers

We live in an electronic age where life is supposed to be easier and more efficient and in many ways it is. In the healthcare arena, electronic medical records (EMRs) were supposed to make life easier for doctors by helping to free up time and streamline the process. Case in point, doctors could send prescriptions […]

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