Healthcare Reform

How Can Stakeholders Respond to Federal Recommendations on the Use of Health IT to Reduce Physician Burden?

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Physicians today face many realities in their practices that often create frustration— burdensome administrative tasks, complex clinical care, tightened reimbursement, required quality …

Will Sweeping Proposed Changes to Stark Laws and Antikickback Statutes Leave Pharma Manufacturers, Pharmacies, and PBMs out of the Definition and Protection of Value-Based Entities?

By Ken Kleinberg: Practice Lead, Innovative Technologies, Point-of-Care Partners The far-reaching federal reform changes by CMS to the Stark Laws and by HHS-OIG (Office of Inspector General) to the Antikickback …

Urgent Need for Real-Time Pharmacy Benefit Check Confirmed in Senate Committee Hearings

By Pooja Babbrah, PBM Services Practice Lead In mid-March, I was invited to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at a hearing they held focused …

Should Data Sharing and Interoperability be Linked to Medicare Participation?

By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to know if the agency should revise the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) …

Medicare Announces New Requirements Affecting EHRs

 By Michael Burger, Practice Lead, EHRs and EDI Heads up, electronic health record (EHR) vendors. Medicare has proposed big changes for fiscal year 2019. Many will affect how EHRS …

The 21st Century Cures Act and Health IT: A Birds’ Eye View

By Tony Schueth The 21st Century Cures Act is now the law of the land. As you’ve probably heard by now, this bipartisan, $6.3 billion piece of legislation is intended …

5 Ways the Trump Presidency May Impact ONC

In a post on November 14, we laid out our view of the implications of an unexpected Trump victory on healthcare, in general, and health information technology (health IT), specifically …

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Health IT in the Trump Administration?

By Tony Schueth, CEO The voters have spoken and there will be a new administration in roughly two months. What does this mean for health information technology (health IT)? Point-of-Care …

Top 10 Takeaways from the MACRA Final Rule

By Tony Schueth The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rolled out the final rule on October 14 for implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). It details …

New Rule Strengthens Certification Oversight and Accountability for EHRs

By Chuck Frederick, Senior Consultant The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a rule that strengthens its oversight of certified electronic health records (EHRs) …