Healthcare News & Insights

CMS: 75% of eligible hospitals have received EHR incentive payments

The federal EHR incentive program really took off in 2012, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Survey: Hospitals aren’t ready for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

Despite an increased adoption of more advanced EHR systems, the majority of hospitals aren’t confident their organization will be ready to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements to receive federal EHR incentives.

Report: EHR incentive program too easy to defraud

Could there be changes on the way for the federal EHR incentive program? A new government probe says the program doesn’t do enough to keep providers honest when applying for the program. 

Survery: Voters want feds to cut health IT incentives

Though federal incentives are great for healthcare providers looking to switch to electronic health records and install other systems, the American public is less enthusiastic about the government’s investments in health IT, according to one recent poll. 

Potential Stage 3 Meaningful Use measures unveiled

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for public comments on two items that may be included in the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for the EHR incentive program. 

EHR incentive payments total close to $8 billion

Despite some recent political opposition, the federal EHR incentive program seems to be successful in getting providers to switch to electronic records. 

After Obama win, will health IT efforts continue as planned?

Obama’s re-election may have staved off some big challenges to the federal government’s health IT plans and could give providers some clarity on what to expect moving forward. 

Feds: We won’t pause EHR incentive program

Despite calls for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to do so, federal officials say they have no plans to suspend incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records. 

Will the feds put EHR incentives on hold?

Some groups, including a few lawmakers, have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to halt the federal EHR incentive program so the requirements can be reworked. 

4 ways to keep staffing shortages from threatening health IT projects

With rising adoption rates for electronic health records and other technology, health IT pros are in high demand. That’s great for people with skills and experience in health tech, but hospitals and providers have a problem: There aren’t many qualified applicants for health IT jobs out there.