Engage Patients and Improve Clinical Outcomes with Patient Link

Stephanie GingerMeaningful Use, Navigating Care, Patient Engagement

CMS offers incentives for eligible providers or organizations that meet Meaningful Use objectives, with the broader intent of engaging patients and improving clinical outcomes through use of technology. Navigating Cancer’s Patient Link offers a win-win solution. It helps providers improve care in meaningful ways while also fulfilling Stage 1, 2 and 3 requirements. Key features that support Meaningful Use include: … Read More

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

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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 into EMR adoption as part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009. By the … Read More

Meaningful Use: What to Expect

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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 will now be effectively over and replaced with something better.” It’s true that when the Medicare Access … Read More

Meaningful Use, One Step Closer to Finalization

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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. One significant change in this final rule would be the reduction of the 2015 reporting … Read More

Navigating Cancer’s Official Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

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To:      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Date:    May 28, 2015 Re.:     Comments on the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule: Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Stage 3. Navigating Cancer, Inc. appreciates this opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) Proposed Rule, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Stage 3. Navigating Cancer … Read More

New Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule Focuses on Advanced Use of Electronic Health Record Systems

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On Friday, March 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their proposed rule for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use (MU) Incentive Program. The proposal was published in the Federal Register and is available online. CMS is accepting public comments on the proposal until May 29th. Meaningful Use Stage 3, the last stage of the Meaningful … Read More

New CMS-Published Rule on Meaningful Use Provides Flexibility for Healthcare Professionals: Implications for 2014 and Beyond

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Good news! Healthcare professionals have more flexibility in achieving Meaningful Use based on the rule recently published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). With the race to adopt meaningful use technology, both vendors and providers have been concerned about their ability to meet timelines. In May of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) … Read More

New Research on Patient Portals: Is Your EMR the Safest Choice?

Gena CookEHR, Meaningful Use, Patient Engagement

There is a lot of news lately on the adoption of patient portals. And for good reason, the deadline for adopting and using a patient portal to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements is 2014, which is quickly approaching. Patient portal adoption and active use is accelerating dramatically across the U.S., driven by Stage 2 requirements. Stage 2 requires providers … Read More

Final Stage 2 Meaningful Use rules

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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

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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 can qualify for based on what year they implement certified technology. HITECH Act Meaningful Use … Read More