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eClinicalWorks Settlement – Impact on Providers

[06/08/17]

Posted on June 8, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

The news of the $155 million settlement between eClinicalWorks (“eCW”), several eCW employees and the U.S. Department of Justice has left many current users of the eClinicalWorks EHR (“eCW EHR”) wondering what impact it will have upon them. First, the terms of the settlement provide several rights to current users. Second, actions taken to... READ MORE

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21st Century Cures Act Lessens EHR Burdens on Physicians Performing Cases in ASCs

[02/21/17]

Posted on February 21, 2017 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The Cures Act addresses certain electronic health record (“EHR”) difficulties faced by physicians who practice primarily in ambulatory surgery centers (“ASCs”). Section 16003 explicitly excludes physicians who furnish substantially all of their Medicare services at ASCs from the penalties imposed under various programs for failure to adopt a certified EHR. Under the current Medicare... READ MORE

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2015 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Extended

[02/11/16]

Posted on February 11, 2016 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that the attestation deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use Program”) is changed from February 29, 2016 to March 11, 2016. The new deadline applies to all eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Meaningful... READ MORE

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CMS Releases Eligible Hospital Hardship Exception Application

[03/09/15]

Posted on March 9, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published additional guidance for Medicare eligible hospitals seeking to avoid the 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustment. Medicare eligible hospitals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by April 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception. The hardship exception application and instructions for Medicare... READ MORE

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Massachusetts Requires EHR Proficiency for Physician Licensure

[01/07/15]

Posted on January 7, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

In December of 2014, Massachusetts finalized a state law that requires physicians to demonstrate proficiency in using EHRs and/or being a “meaningful user” under the Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use Program”) as a condition of licensure. Massachusetts’ changes to the license requirements are another indication of... READ MORE

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Proposed New Regulations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 and 2015 Editions Base EHR Definition

[01/07/15]

Posted on January 7, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

Two proposed regulations under the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (“MU Program”) were submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) on December 31, 2014.  The two related proposed regulations relate to Stage 3 and the submission to OMB represents the first step toward the proposed regulations being published and available for review... READ MORE

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CMS Extends EHR Attestation Deadline for Eligible Hospitals

[11/26/14]

Posted on November 26, 2014 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it is extending the deadline for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (“CAHs”) to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record  Incentive Program for the 2014 reporting year from 11:59 PM EST on November 30, 2014 to 11:59 PM EST on December... READ MORE

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OIG Fiscal Year 2015 Work Plan

[11/05/14]

Posted on November 5, 2014 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Justin C. Ralston

On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released the Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 (“Work Plan”). The Work Plan confirms OIG will continue to concentrate a great deal of their enforcement efforts on the security and vulnerabilities of protected health information (“PHI”) contained... READ MORE

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CMS Accepts Meaningful Use Hardship Applications for Medicare Meaningful Use Program Through November 30, 2014

[10/07/14]

Posted on October 7, 2014 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced its intent to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use Program in order to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (“CEHRT”).... READ MORE

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Draft Recommendations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 Released

[02/12/14]

Posted on February 12, 2014 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Alisa C. Kuehn

The Meaningful Use Workgroup provided its recommendations on Meaningful Use Stage 3 to the Health IT Policy Committee on February 4.  Stage 3 would focus on improving outcomes.  Further discussion of the recommendations will be held on February 14.  The proposed timeline sets proposed rulemaking for fall 2014 and final rulemaking for the first half of 2015. ... READ MORE

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