Proposed Bill Would Reduce Penalties, Hardship Exemptions for Meaningful Use

New proposed legislation would loosen the more stringent “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program requirements that kick in as time goes on, allowing Medicare physicians to more easily participate in the program without facing financial penalties.

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New ONC Administration Outlines Priorities for the Department
Jul11

New ONC Administration Outlines Priorities for the Department

The new top ONC officials appointed by the Trump administration outlined their main priorities for the department—improving electronic health record (EHR) usability and helping foster improved health data and system interoperability in the US healthcare system—in a call Tuesday.

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To Encourage Telehealth, Insurer to Penalize Patients who Rely on Emergency Room Care

Instead of going to the ER, BCBS advises them to use an urgent care clinic—if there is one within 15 miles of their home—or use BCBSGa’s LiveHealth Online telehealth service. But critics of the policy note that laypersons aren’t trained to recognize emergencies on the spot, and that this presents another barrier to care.

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CMS Releases 2018 MACRA Draft Rule

CMS responds to stakeholder concerns over compliance burdens in newly released 2018 proposed MACRA rule.

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HHS Task Force Report Highlights ‘Urgent Challenge’ of Healthcare Cybersecurity
Jun14

HHS Task Force Report Highlights ‘Urgent Challenge’ of Healthcare Cybersecurity

In the report, the task force noted that the healthcare sector experienced more cyber incidents that resulted in data breaches than any other critical infrastructure sector.

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Health IT Will Proliferate Despite Changes to Healthcare Reform Legislation

Speculation and uncertainty about the future of healthcare continues to grow among stakeholders, but some healthcare trends relevant to HIM stand to continue growth regardless of potential legislative upheaval.

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