HIMSS 2014 Is NEXT WEEK!

We are based in the Washington DC Metro Area (Fairfax, VA ) and have been dealing with snow-days, snow delays, traffic etc. If you are anything like us, you are looking forward to HIMSS 2014. Not only for the informative sessions, meetings with vendors, networking with colleagues, but for THE WEATHER.

The Weather Channel says that for next week Orlando FL will be in the mid 70s. Nice.

ONC Now Requires Publicly Accessible Certification Test Results

ONC’s 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria define the requirements that EHR technology must meet in order to be used by eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In addition to these criteria, ONC made some policy changes to the HIT Certification Program.

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline by a Month

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013.

"This extension will allow more time for providers to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year, as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment."

Meaningful Use 2013 Deadline approaching Feb 28th

February 28, 2014 is the final deadline to:

Report Meaningful Use attestation results for 2013 and
Qualify for the Medicare Meaningful Use (MU) financial bonus

EPs qualifying for the first time in 2013 under the Medicare program will receive $15k and those qualifying under Medicaid will receive $21,250.

Participate in the 2013 PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot

Participants must submit 12 months of CQM data by 02/28/14!

CCHIT will no longer offer ONC testing and certification services, or its independently developed certification programs

CCHIT announced a new strategic direction that will return it to its founding public mission of supporting the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. CCHIT plans to offer direct counsel to both healthcare providers and health IT developers on the requirements for certified EHR technology and how to best satisfy HIT regulations published by organizations and governments.

Spend Valentines day at the CMS eHealth Summit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting the CMS eHealth Summit on ICD-10. The Summit will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at the CMS Headquarters in Baltimore, MD.

At this meeting, representatives from various health care sectors will share their perspectives on preparing for the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 compliance date. Panels will include health care providers, payers and vendors, who will discuss best practices, address potential challenges, and available resources.

72 Percent of Physicians Say EHR System Helps Them Make More Informed Healthcare Decisions in Real Time

Amazing Charts.com, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, today released the results of its first Amazing Charts User Survey, revealing new insights into what 652 physicians value most out of EHR technology and what practices perceive to be their greatest challenges and opportunities over the next five years. The first Amazing Charts User Survey was completed by Amazing Charts users on January 14, 2014.

Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2013

A paper recently published by Chun-Ju Hsiao, Ph.D., and Esther Hing, M.P.H. stated: The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 authorized incentive payments to increase physician adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems (1,2). The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are staged in three steps, with increasing requirements for participation. To receive an EHR incentive payment, physicians must show that they are "meaningfully using" certified EHRs by meeting certain objectives (3,4).

EHR Usability Consultation and Certification

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released certification and meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHRs). These require that EHR vendors include evidence of user-centered design and user test results in their certification submission. To be able to obtain the ONC certification (and meaningful use funding) EHR vendors must follow a formal User Centered Design (UCD) process and perform summative usability testing on specific areas of the product.

HHS makes progress on Health IT Safety Plan with release of the SAFER Guides

ONC today released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides. These guides are a suite of tools that include checklists and recommended practices designed to help health care providers and the organizations that support them assess and optimize the safety and safe use of EHRs.

CGI Federal out -- Accenture in for Healthcare.gov

The Obama administration has signed Accenture to replace CGI Federal as the main IT contractor on the HealthCare.gov health insurance exchange, according to a Jan. 10 Washington Post report. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-to-end-contr...

The deal would have a 12-month term and is estimated at about $90 million, the Post reported.

ONC, MIT Hacking Medicine, and Tufts MedStart January 17 Blue Button Codeathon

Join the ONC, MIT Hacking Medicine, and Tufts MedStart at January 17 Blue Button Codeathon!

Are you a health IT innovator interested in enabling greater patient access to health data?

Beginning on Friday January 17, you can meet and work with other healthcare innovators and develop solutions that can help make a difference in patient and provider relations.

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