Healthcare News & Insights

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. 

Stage 2 Meaningful Use final rule released by feds

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for Stage 2 Meaningful Use of EHRs, with some changes made since the rule was first proposed. 

Get ready for a Meaningful Use audit

Some healthcare providers receiving incentive payments for Meaningful Use of EHRs may find themselves subject to an audit soon. 

$5.7 billion in EHR incentives paid so far

Has your facility received any government funding for adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system? A lot of facilities have – and a lot of money has been handed out already. 

Study: Hospitals face over $3,500 in HCAHPS and readmission penalties per bed over the next 3 years

Already dealing with significant revenue challenges, many hospitals will face new Medicare penalties, including a reduction in reimbursements for those with high readmission rates starting this October. 

Hospitals face 3% Medicare penalty for high readmission rates

Starting later this year, hospitals will be penalized in the form of reduced Medicare reimbursements if their readmission rates are too high. Here are some ways hospitals can reduce readmissions. 

Feds propose new Stage 2 Meaningful Use quality measures

A month after releasing proposed rules for meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements to qualify for federal EHR incentives, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the full set of clinical quality measures providers may choose from. 

CMS answers 5 new meaningful use questions

As providers and other healthcare organizations begin to digest the recently proposed Stage 2 requirements for meaningful use of EHRs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has posted answers to some common questions. 

What providers need to know about Stage 2 meaningful use requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released its proposal for the next stage of meaningful use requirements for EHR incentives. Here’s what the 450-page proposal will mean for providers. 

ICD-10 deadline may be pushed back, CMS chief says

In recent months, groups representing doctors and healthcare organizations have been urging the feds to delay the 2013 deadline for transitioning to the new set of ICD-10 codes. Now, it looks like those efforts may be paying off. 

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