November 30, 2017
Study: Link Between EHR Vendor and MU Performance of Hospitals
The Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) recently examined national hospital data on electronic health record (EHR) products used for meaningful use (MU) attestation provided to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and compared those measures against EHR incentive program data reported to CMS. Researchers limited to the study to hospital performance on six meaningful use stage 2 criteria, including availability of view, download and transmit technology, medication reconciliation capabilities and ability to send summary of care records electronically. The findings in also showed that between 7 percent and 34 percent of performance variation across the MU criteria was attributable to EHR vendor choice. beckershospitalreview.com (11/27)
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Stakeholders are encouraged to submit comments on the proposed rule titled “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2019 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost Plan, Medicare Fee-for-Service, the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs, and the PACE Program.” The proposed rule amends regulations for Medicare Part C and Medicare Part D to implement provisions of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and the 21st Century Cures Act. The proposed rule also makes changes to improve program quality, accessibility, and affordability and also adopts the updated National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT Standard for electronic prescribing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that the proposed rule has a net savings of $80 to $100 million for each of the next five years. More information is available at CMS.gov.