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ACR Meaningful Use Survey for Radiologists

October 17, 2014 2 comments

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is conducting a very brief, one-minute, 3-question survey for radiologists regarding the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The objective of the survey is to get a better understanding of radiologists’ decisions to participate or not participate in the program.

If you are a practicing diagnostic radiologist, interventional radiologist, nuclear medicine physician, or radiation oncologist, please take a moment of your time to complete the survey. Your responses will help inform future ACR advocacy and/or educational efforts.

Click here to participate in the ACR MU Survey

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Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

ONC Federal Advisory Committees Hold Joint Meeting on Interoperability; Two Senior ONC Staff Leaving the Agency

October 16, 2014 Leave a comment

On October 15, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for HIT (ONC) held a joint meeting of the HIT Policy Committee and HIT Standards Committee to discuss the draft interoperability roadmap, health information exchange (HIE: the verb, not necessarily the noun) governance, and the JASON Task Force recommendations. The outcome of the meeting was an approved set of broad recommendations to ONC indicating a desire to leverage open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) as the foundational approach for nationwide HIE.

ONC also announced that two senior ONC staff, Dr. Doug Fridsma and Judy Murphy, would be attending their last federal advisory committee meeting as employees of the agency. Dr. Fridsma has been with the agency for four years and most recently served as Chief Science Officer. Judy Murphy most recently served as Deputy National Coordinator for Programs and Policy.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

CMS Addresses Attestation System Issue by Extending Significant Hardship Exception Application Deadline for Some

October 7, 2014 1 comment

Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the significant hardship exception application deadline has been extended until November 30, 2014 for physicians who are eligible to use the September 4, 2014 flexibility AND who were unable to attest by the October 1, 2014 deadline for first-year participants.

What does this mean? This was CMS’ answer to the problem recently identified by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) pertaining to the timing of a planned update to CMS’ web-based attestation system. CMS plans to implement a system patch in October that would enable the agency to receive online attestations from participants using the September 4, 2014 flexibility. Unfortunately, the deadline for first-year program participants to complete their attestations for a 2014 reporting period already came and went on October 1. Therefore, if a first-year program participant intended to use the September 4 flexibility, they would have missed the deadline because of CMS’ unpatched system.

The number of first-year participants expected to require the latest extension is small. In radiology, most diagnostic radiologists, interventional radiologists, and nuclear medicine physicians did not need to apply for a significant hardship exception because they were automatically given one.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare