Healthcare News & Insights

What’s in the future for the PQRS program?

The newest results from the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program were just released, but the program as you know it won’t be around much longer. 

2015 will bring more scrutiny for providers from CMS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has confirmed that 2015 will be a year of increased scrutiny for providers. One group, however, is counting its lucky stars because it’s getting a break. 

Study: 17% of providers drop out of EHR incentive program

As debate rages on about the effectiveness of the federal government’s Meaningful Use program, recent surveys have some bad news about the EHR initiative: 

Survey: Docs use EHRs, but struggle to meet meaningful use requirements

While a large percentage of healthcare providers have switched to electronic health records (EHRs), a lot of them are still struggling to keep up with the meaningful use requirements necessary to receive federal EHR incentive payments. 

Study: Canadian doctors save billions by using EHRs

In part because of federal incentive funds, many hospitals have been adopting electronic health record (EHR) systems in recent years. But are those investments paying off? 

CMS: 5% of EHR incentive applicants will be audited

The feds have announced some new details about upcoming audits of hospitals receiving payments for the meaningful use of electronic health records. 

Feds launch new round of prepayment meaningful use audits

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has responded to charges that the federal EHR incentive program lacks critical oversight by conducting audits of some providers after they attest to meaningful use of EHRs. 

Here’s some guidance on the changes to Stage 1 Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued guidance on several changes to the stage 1 rules for meaningful use of EHRs, a few of which went into effect at the beginning of 2013. 

IT investments not paying off quickly for health care, report says

A lot of private and public money is being put into in EHRs and other health IT systems. But a new report says those investments aren’t saving health care as much as was expected. 

Report: Health IT could help save $2 trillion in 10 years

While some groups have doubted the positive impact of EHRs and other health IT on medical costs, a new report says policy and behavior changes, with the help of technology, could save the healthcare system $2 trillion by 2023.