Meaningful Use

Value-Based Payment Models and Why Your EMR May Fall Short

Electronic medical records (EMRs) are the software programs that underlie internal clinic workflow at most health care organizations. They’ve been around for a while but implementation nearly doubled nationwide from 2007 to 2012, thanks to the federal resources poured...

Meaningful Use: What to Expect

Last month, acting CMS administrator Andy Slavitt kicked up a media speculation storm when he said,“We are now in the process of ending Meaningful Use and moving to a new regime culminating with the MACRA implementation. The Meaningful Use program as it has existed...

Meaningful Use, One Step Closer to Finalization

The rules for Stage 3 meaningful use, and the potential modifications to Stage 2, moved one step closer to finalization last week when The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed them off to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on September 3rd....

Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules

The Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules require more care coordination, better clinical decision support, more information exchange, and more patient engagement. These increased measures make it clear that EHRs alone will not be enough to provide patients and their healthcare team with an easy-to-use means of communication.

HITECH Act Meaningful Use Incentives timeline

The HITECH Act Meaningful Use incentives peak in 2012. It's not too late to qualify, but time is running out to achieve the maximum incentive payment as practices must begin the 90-day attestation period by October 1. The chart below shows the dollar amount practices...

How Oncologists Can Navigate the Meaningful Use Waters

Navigating the waters of Meaningful Use, Patient Centered Medical Home, Accountable Care Organizations and the ACoS Commission on Cancer standards is a full time task for community oncology clinics to manage. To ensure you make the best decision that will support current and future practice needs, you should take a broader, long-term view as you compare technology solutions.

Giving Patients Access to their Health Information

The first step in patient engagement is providing them with access to their health information. We review the new workflow to release patient information from your EHR with our Patient Engagement Portal.

ACCC Oncology Issues Guest Article

How patient portals will play a central role in solving the Meaningful Use objectives of providing patient centered care. A guest article by Navigating Cancer’s CEO, Gena Cook, in the Jan/Feb 2012 edition of Oncology Issues.

Patient Portal: the Gateway to Patient Centered Care and Meaningful Use

To give patients electronic access to their health information, oncology clinics will need to implement a patient portal that integrates with their EMR. More than just a log in page, a patient portal can be an opportunity to engage patients in their care while making your practice more efficient and cost effective.

Meaningful Use Rules: The Basics

Meaningful Use Rules: The Basics Over the past couple of months, I’ve been invited to speak about HITECH and Meaningful Use at a number of oncology state society meetings (Texas/Colorado/Oklahoma/New Mexico, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama) and at the ACCC annual...

Gena Cook to speak at ACCC meeting

Navigating Cancer’s CEO, Gena Cook, will be speaking at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 37th annual meeting in Washington D.C. March 24-26, 2011.

Meaningful Use Incentives for Cancer Clinics

You may have heard about the “meaningful use” regulation that was approved by Congress on July 13th as part of the HITECH act, laying out the specific requirements for hospitals and clinics that implement electronic health records to receive incentivized payments. The...