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CMS Meaningful Use Definition Impact on Rural Providers.

by Louis Wenzlow, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative CMS Rule: Meaningful Use Definition Impact on Rural Providers Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), eligible physicians and hospitals must reach a certain threshold of EHR adoption (called "meaningful EHR use") in order to earn CMS incentive payments. In July, the ARRA-established HIT Policy Committee recommended a wide range of meaningful use objectives for CMS to consider in the development of a proposed HIT....

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CAH “EHR Eligible Expense” Definition Still Lacks Clarity.

by Louis Wenzlow, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative CMS Proposed Rule: What Is A Certified EHR Expense? On December 30th, CMS released its proposed rule and ONC released its interim final rule for the ARRA electronic health record incentive program. Among the issues that will impact rural providers is what qualifies as an EHR expense. This issue will specifically impact critical access hospitals (CAHs), which will receive Medicare incentives based on their “costs incurred for the....

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CMS Proposed Rule Excludes CAHs from Medicaid Incentives .

by Louis Wenzlow, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative On December 30th, CMS released its proposed rule for the ARRA electronic health record incentive program. Among the issues in the proposed rule that will impact rural providers is that CMS has decided to exclude critical access hospitals (CAHs) from participating in the Medicaid portion of the incentive program. Numerous studies have indicated that CAHs have significantly lower EHR adoption rates than general hospitals, as well as....

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CMS and ONC Issue Regulations Proposing a Definition of ‘Meaningful Use’ .

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) encourage public comment on two regulations issued yesterday that lay a foundation for improving quality, efficiency and safety through meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The regulations will help implement the EHR incentive programs enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The....

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Help Wanted: Skilled Health IT Workforce to Modernize Health Care.

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology As health care providers and hospitals across the nation incorporate electronic health records into routine patient care, the demand for highly skilled health IT professionals will rapidly grow.  We will need a workforce that not only understands the technology and how it functions, but also its implications for patient care and workflow in clinical settings.  When my practice implemented....

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