The 60-day comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) for Stage 2 meaningful use ends on May 7. The clock started ticking on the comment period when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the NRPM to the Federal Register on March 7. MORE

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The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center on behalf of three eligible professionals.
40 percent of PCPs using EHRs, up from 20 percent two years ago April 17, 2012 | Bernie Monegain - Editor
If one measures advancement in physician use of technology by adoption of electronic health records, recent movement has been substantial. The number of physicians using EHRs has doubled over the past two years.
FAQs on EHR Incentive Program registration April 17, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
Assuming that you qualify as an eligible provider under the EHR Incentive Programs administered by CMS, your next step is to register for the Medicare or Medicaid program. Here are answers to four of the most frequently asked questions about registering for the programs.
Why it makes sense to work with your REC April 16, 2012 | Molly Merrill - Contributing writer
There are 62 ONC-funded Regional Extension Centers across the country, and although their models may differ, their aim is the same -- to help providers enroll, implement and meaningfully use electronic health records.
MedPAC analysis points to reworked incentives for care coordination April 12, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare issues wants to develop recommendations for payment incentives to encourage innovation to achieve better patient results. MedPAC’s analysis and comments about the state of care coordination will be included in the group’s report to Congress in June.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the full set of proposed clinical quality measures for 2014 as part of the agency’s EHR Incentive Programs Stage 2 meaningful use proposed rules. Public comments may be submitted until May 7.
When members of the HIT Policy Committee met on April 4 in Washington, many expressed concerns that the proposed Stage 2 meaningful use regulations would require eligible providers to collect data for too many measures.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced April 3 that the deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to submit eligibility appeals under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program’s 2011 payment year has been extended to April 30, 2012. The new deadline gives EPs an extra month to file their appeals.

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ONC Town Hall brings attendees' questions to the fore February 23, 2012 | Frank Irving - Editor
Following confirmation that the proposed rules for meaningful use Stage 2 had been submitted to the Federal Register for publication, ONC personnel -- including National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD -- fielded questions from HIMSS12 attendees Wednesday afternoon during the agency’s open-forum Town Hall session.
A two-foot view of EHR adoption January 04, 2012 | Dave Roberts - HIMSS
Now that I’m over 50, I seem to have more and more opportunities to personally meet specialists in the healthcare community. My most recent experience was with a podiatrist in La Jolla, Calif. After complaining for almost six months — to anyone who would listen — that “my feet hurt,” and anticipating the marathon of HIMSS12, I finally called my family doctor who referred me to a local podiatrist. After the podiatrist diagnosed my problem and explained the long-term treatment protocol that would be needed, he asked if I had any other questions for him.

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