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AAFP Urges CMS to Use Accurate Data, Pragmatic Reporting Requirements and Improved ...

Nov 17, 2015 - AAFP Urges CMS to use Improved Meaningful Use Requirements in Regulations

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2015/cms-meaningful-use-reporting-requirements-regulations.html

Family Physicians Welcome Changes to Meaningful Use Requirements

Jan 30, 2015 - Family physicians welcome news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that it intends to modify requirements for meaningful use, including shortening the electronic health record reporting period to 90 days.

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2015/Statement-Meaningful-Use-Requirements.html

HHS makes EHR Meaningful Use deadline changes final -- FPM

Sep 3, 2014 - HHS makes EHR Meaningful Use deadline changes final

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/hhs_makes_ehr_meaningful_use.html

Deadline for meaningful use hardship exception extended -- FPM

Mar 1, 2016 - Deadline for meaningful use hardship exception extended

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/deadline_for_meaningful_use_hardship.html

Meaningful use deadlines extended to March 13 -- FPM

Feb 8, 2017 - Meaningful use deadlines extended to March 13

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/meaningful_use_deadlines_extended_to.html

CMS looks to reduce 2016 meaningful use reporting period to 90 days -- FPM

Jul 14, 2016 - CMS looks to reduce 2016 meaningful use reporting period to 90 days

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cms_reducing_2016_meaningful_use.html

EHR Meaningful Use Dropout Rate Soars in 2012

Jul 3, 2013 - As U.S. physicians continue to embrace electronic health records (EHRs), data on CMS' EHR incentive program holds both positive and troubling news regarding family physicians' participation and success in achieving meaningful use of their EHRs. According to CMS' recently published EHR ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130703mudropoutrate.html

What Does Meaningful Use Stage Two Final Rule Mean for FPs?

Sep 5, 2012 - For family physicians who were just getting comfortable with the requirements of stage one of meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs), HHS released the final rule for stage two of meaningful use in the Sept. 4 Federal Register. The Academy has been actively engaged with the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120905stage2mu.html

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Rules Spark AAFP Concerns

May 7, 2012 - CMS needs to exercise ample restraint in modifying existing stage one meaningful use criteria. That is according to a May 7 letter to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, M.A., from AAFP Board Chair Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A., of Waco, Texas. Too many changes too fast will lead ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120507mustage2response.html

Meaningful Use Audits Delay Payment of Some EHR Bonuses

Mar 19, 2013 - Some family physicians who have purchased and implemented an electronic health record (EHR) system and attested to meaningful use of that EHR may be subjected to an audit before they see a bonus check. That's the word from CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services. This most recent...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130319bonusaudits.html

I Bailed Out of Medicare Because of Meaningful Use

Apr 1, 2011 - The government's idea of meaningful use and the strings attached to getting the incentive payments are the chief reasons I decided to opt out of Medicare. I have two main objections to meaningful use. One is bureaucratic interference with EHRs. The other is ideological -- I truly ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-marchetti.html

CMS Announces New Meaningful Use Timeline

Dec 11, 2013 - CMS has proposed a new timeline for implementation of meaningful use for its Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs, but family physicians still need to stay on task with meaningful use stage two preparations, according to Jason Mitchell, M.D., the AAFP's ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211mutwodeadline.html

Even With Support Staff, Meaningful Use Is Still Too Much Work

Apr 1, 2011 - We're on a meaningful use-certified EHR here at our university's health services, and we participate in Medicare for our retired staff members and their families. We already meet some of the meaningful use requirements, too. But are we going for the incentive money? The answer is no.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-collins.html

Proposed Rule Would Stretch Meaningful Use Timelines, Benefit Physicians

May 28, 2014 - CMS recently issued a proposed rule that would stretch timelines and shift some existing regulations related to meaningful use of electronic health records.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20140528mutimeline.html

Modifications to CMS' Meaningful Use Rule Finalized for 2014

Sep 3, 2014 - CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology have released a final rule that provides guidance to physicians who were scheduled to attest to meaningful use stage two for the first time in 2014.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140903mustage2final.html

AAFP Suggests Delaying, Reining in Meaningful Use Stage Three Requirements

Jan 15, 2013 - The AAFP recently called on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to delay implementation of meaningful use stage three requirements until at least 2017 and to delay or eliminate all penalty provisions. In a frank comment letter dated Jan. 10 and...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130115mustage3ltr.html

AAFP Calls Out CMS on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Jun 2, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP argued aggressively for physician-friendly meaningful use stage three rules. The Academy specifically pressed for a delay in stage three implementation until the nation's transition to value-based payment was on firmer ground.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150602mu3letter.html

Resolution No. 308 (Indiana A) - Quality Assurance and Meaningful Use Requirements -- ...

Oct 14, 2015 - This resolution asks that the American Academy of Family Physicians seek revisions to Quality Assurance standards and Meaningful Use requirements to make them more streamlined, usable and less burdensome.

About AAFP : Organizational Leadership

https://www.aafp.org/about/governance/congress-delegates/previous/2015/resolutions/indiana-a.mem.html

AAFP Continues to Fight for Reasonable Meaningful Use Rules

May 27, 2015 - In a recent letter to CMS, the AAFP continued to push for rules that would help family physician succeed in the agency's meaningful use programs.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150527mu2.html

Let the AAFP Answer Your Meaningful Use Questions

Dec 16, 2015 - The AAFP recently created a resource for family physicians based on the most pressing questions physicians have about the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151216mufaq.html

Final Rule for Meaningful Use Adds Flexibility for 2014, but Implementation Still a ...

Sep 17, 2014 - Steven Waldren, M.D., director of the AAFP's Alliance for eHealth Innovation, answers questions about the final rule regarding 2014 meaningful use regulations in this installment of Ask the Expert.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140917qa-waldren-mu.html

Developers of Meaningful Use Criteria Not Clued In to Needs of Users

Apr 1, 2011 - Our small group practice participates -- reluctantly -- in Medicare, and since we were early adopters of EHR technology, we currently meet about 85 percent to 90 percent of the meaningful use criteria all the way through to Stage 3.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-falkoff.html

CMS Plans to Revise Meaningful Use in 2015

Feb 3, 2015 - The AAFP has welcomed a CMS announcement that the agency intends to make physician participation in the meaningful use program easier in 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150203cmsmuredo.html

Burdensome Meaningful Use Audits Snag Family Physicians

Apr 8, 2015 - In a recent letter, the AAFP told CMS that meaningful use audits are unreasonable, create an administrative burden and take family physicians away from patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150408muaudit.html

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

Oct 8, 2014 - Eligible physicians, other health care professionals and hospitals now have until the end of November to apply for a hardship exception because they have been unable to demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141008hardshipextended.html

AAFP Cries Foul on Meaningful Use Attestation Portal Delay

Sep 24, 2014 - After learning of a technical oversight that could lead to penalties for thousands of family physicians trying to attest to meaningful use, the AAFP immediately fired off a letter to CMS asking for relief.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140924muportaldelay.html

House, Senate Ask CMS to Delay Meaningful Use Stage Three

Oct 7, 2015 - Last week, 116 House members sent a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Office of Management and Budget Director Shawn Donovan asking for a delay in implementing meaningful use stage three.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151007mu3delay.html

AAFP Proposes Revised Meaningful Use Stage Two Compliance Timeline

Aug 13, 2013 - The AAFP recently made an urgent appeal to CMS to modify its aggressive meaningful use (MU) stage two timeline that, if left intact, could outstrip the capacity of many certified electronic health record technology vendors and ambulatory family medicine practices. In an Aug. 7 letter to...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130813mustage2revised.html

House Bill Aims to Ease Meaningful Use Burdens

Aug 7, 2015 - A new House bill calls for many revisions to meaningful use requirements family physicians have been seeking, including ending all-or-nothing assessments.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150807muhousebill.html

CMS Clarifies Flexibility on Meaningful Use Exceptions

Feb 24, 2016 - CMS recently clarified some issues regarding meaningful use hardship exceptions, attestation, bonus payments and penalties.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160224hardshipexception.html

Meaningful Use Stage Two Proposed Regulations Released

Mar 12, 2012 - Following CMS' recent release of proposed stage two meaningful use requirements that will govern the next stage of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the AAFP is encouraging members to join in the discussion on the regulations. The proposed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120312mu2proposedregs.html

Meaningful Use Regulations Pave the Way for Progress

Jan 22, 2010 - The American Academy of Family Physicians and its Center for Health Information Technology support the goals of the new meaningful use regulations announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and believe they can facilitate progress in optimal health IT use among ...

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2010/meaningfull-use.html

Direct Exchange of Health Care Information Fuels Meaningful Use Stage Two

Dec 11, 2013 - Family physicians have been front-line adopters of electronic health record (EHR) technology for the past decade, so it's no surprise that many FPs are ready, able and willing to push forward with the meaningful use of those EHRs as directed by CMS and the Office of the National ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20131211directexchangeinterview.html

HHS Takes 'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making

Mar 11, 2013 - HHS is effectively taking a time out in its rule-making process to ponder the best way to move forward with stage three of electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use objectives intended to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. According to a notice in the March 7...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130311mustage3delay.html

Organizations Warn HHS: Meaningful Use Program in Jeopardy

Oct 20, 2014 - The AAFP joined seven other organizations in an Oct. 15 letter urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to redirect the federal government's health information technology and meaningful use focus to issues of usability and interoperability.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20141020healthitsignonltr.html

Tell Congress to Hit Pause on Meaningful Use Stage Three

Oct 23, 2015 - The Academy is making it easy to demand that Congress pause the meaningful use program until it's firmly on track to help family physicians improve patient care.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151023mu3speakout.html

Meaningful Use Program Officially Shelved

Jan 14, 2016 - The AAFP has responded to a surprise announcement by CMS that the agency is ending the meaningful use program.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160114mushelved.html

Family Physicians Gauge Meaningful Use Benefit, Burden

Feb 5, 2018 - The AAFP led research that examined the effects of CMS' now-ended meaningful use program to inform the details of future value-based payment models.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20180205musurvey.html

Fix Interoperability Problems Before Implementing Meaningful Use, AAFP Tells ONC

Oct 6, 2015 - AAFP says fix interoperability among health information technology systems before penalizing physicians for not meeting Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2015/InteroperabilityProblems-MeaningfulUse.html

How to Prepare For, Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit

May 15, 2013 - Use of the words audit and Medicare in the same sentence tend to make even the most seasoned physician uncomfortable. So when the news broke in March that CMS had added prepayment meaningful use (MU) audits to its ongoing postpayment audit process, some family physicians expressed ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130515ehrmuaudit.html

Physicians Attesting to Meaningful Use Get One-Month Extension on Deadline

Feb 12, 2014 - CMS has announced a one-month deadline extension for physicians attesting to meaningful use (MU) as part of the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program. Physicians now have until midnight EST on March 31 to attest for the 2013 reporting year. The extension does ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140212mudeadlineext.html

Dozens of Organizations Express Meaningful Use Concerns

Sep 24, 2015 - The AAFP and 40 other medical organizations have asked HHS and the Office of Management and Budget to pause work on implementation of meaningful use stage three.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150924mu3letters.html

The Uncertain Future of Meaningful Use

Jan 28, 2016 - AAFP Alliance for eHealth Innovation Director Steven Waldren, M.D., says that although CMS plans to end meaningful use, the program's requirements remain in place.

AAFP News : As We See It: Voices From the AAFP

https://www.aafp.org/news/opinion/20160128guestedmu.html

AAFP Letter to Rep. Price Applauding Meaningful Use 2 Legislation - November 10, 2015

AAFP letter to Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) expresses AAFP support for the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act (HR 3940), which would give CMS authority to issue blanket exemptions, rather than just case-by-case exceptions, to practices that cannot meet the requirements of Meaningful Use, Stage...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-AAFP-Price-MU2-111015.pdf

AAFP Letter to HHS in Response to Stage 3 Meaningful Use Modifications - December 2, 2015

AAFP response to HHS on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program-Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 Through 2017 final rule with comment period

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-HHS-MU3-120215.pdf

Moving from Meaningless to Meaningful Use

Jul 7, 2015 - The flawed meaningful use program does not move our health care system closer to widespread adoption of electronic health records, and it is time for a change. AAFP Vice President for Advocacy and Practice Advancement Shawn Martin explains why the Academy is launching an advocacy ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/moving_from_meaningless_to_meaningful.html

AAFP to HHS on Meaningful Use Audit Concerns - April 6, 2015

AAFP letter to ONC and CMS that expresses increasing concerns with Meaningful Use audits.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MeaningfulUseAudits-040615.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS with Further Concerns on Meaningful Use Audits - July 9, 2015

AAFP letter to CMS expressing growing concerns with Meaningful Use audits

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MeaningfulUseAudits-070915.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Regarding the End of Meaningful Use - January 13, 2016

AAFP letter to CMS on the Meaningful Use program

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MUEnd-011316.pdf

A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

May 18, 2012 - A Meaningful Discussion About Meaningful Use

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_meaningful_discussion_about_meaningful.html

Expectations of Meaningful Use Stage 2

Letter to CMS and ONC on Increasing Concerns with Expectations of Meaningful Use Stage 2

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MU2-080713.pdf

AAFP Letter to CMS Convering Meaningful Use Attestation - September 23, 2014

AAFP letter to CMS expressing concerns over the Meaningful Use attestation portal

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MU-Attestation-092314.pdf

Hit the Pause Button on Meaningful Use

Sep 1, 2015 - A bill has been introduced in Congress that includes many of the changes the AAFP has advocated for regarding the Meaningful Use program. AAFP Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy Shawn Martin outlines the need for change, the proposed legislation, and how ...

AAFP News : In the Trenches : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/inthetrenches/entry/hit_the_pause_button_on.html

Survey shows Stage 2 meaningful use compliance still low -- FPM

Jan 22, 2014 - Survey shows Stage 2 meaningful use compliance still low

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/survey_shows_stage_2_meaningful.html

Proposed delay but no reprieve for Meaningful Use -- FPM

May 29, 2014 - Proposed delay but no reprieve for Meaningful Use

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/proposed_delay_but_no_repreive.html

A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

Nov 26, 2014 - A Day On the Hill: Meaningful Use, Medicaid, Medicare and More

AAFP News : AAFP Leader Voices | AAFP News Blog : Blogs

https://www.aafp.org/news/blogs/leadervoices/entry/a_day_on_the_hill.html

Top 5 things to know about Meaningful Use Stage 2 changes -- FPM

Apr 30, 2015 - Top 5 things to know about Meaningful Use Stage 2 changes

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/top_5_things_to_know.html

CMS gives physicians more time to attest to 2015 meaningful use -- FPM

Feb 15, 2016 - CMS gives physicians more time to attest to 2015 meaningful use

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cms_gives_physicians_more_time.html

CMS updates meaningful use guidance for providers changing EHR vendors -- FPM

Oct 5, 2015 - CMS updates meaningful use guidance for providers changing EHR vendors

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cms_updates_guidance_for_changing.html

Congress passes legislation to provide meaningful use relief -- FPM

Dec 21, 2015 - Congress passes legislation to provide meaningful use relief

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/congress_passes_legislation_to_provide.html

CMS providing Meaningful Use exemption for slow Internet -- FPM

Aug 29, 2014 - CMS providing Meaningful Use exemption for slow Internet

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/physicians_in_communities_with_slow.html

CMS offers help for new Meaningful Use program rules -- FPM

Dec 7, 2015 - CMS offers help for new Meaningful Use program rules

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/entry/cms_offers_help_for_new.html

Stage 3 Definition of Meaningful Use of EHRs

Letter to ONC in Response to Request for Comment Regarding the Stage 3 Definition of Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Mostashari-MeaningfulUseOfEMR-011013.pdf

Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology

Letter to CMS Regarding Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Frizzera-MeaningfulUseHIT-022610.pdf

HITPC and Meaningful Use of EHRs

Joint Letter to ONC on HITPC and Meaningful Use of EHRs

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Seidman-JointHITPC-022511.pdf

Joint Letter to the Senate with Concerns Over Meaningful Use Stage 3 - November 2, 2015

Joint letter to the Senate expressing strong concerns with the decision by the Administration to move ahead with implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program despite the widespread failure of Stage 2.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-Senate-MeaningfulUse-110215.pdf

Joint Letter to the House with Concerns Over Meaningful Use Stage 3 - November 2, 2015

Joint letter to Congress expressing strong concerns with the decision by the Administration to move ahead with implementation of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program despite the widespread failure of Stage 2.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-House-MeaningfulUse-110215.pdf

Joint Letter to OMB on Meaningful Use Concerns - September 17, 2015

Joint letter expressing concern with Meaningful Use requirements as they relate to MACRA implementation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-OMB-MeaningfulUse-091715.pdf

Joint Letter to HHS on Meaningful Use Concerns - September 17, 2015

Joint letter expressing concern with Meaningful Use requirements as they relate to MACRA implementation

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-HHS-MeaningfulUse-091715.pdf

AAFP Applauds Legislation that Grants Reprieve on Meaningful Use Penalties

Dec 21, 2015 - AAFP welcomes the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act.

Press Center : News Releases and Statements

https://www.aafp.org/media-center/releases-statements/all/2015/Meaningful-Use-Penalties.html

EHR/Meaningful Use -- FPM

...Meaningful use deadlines extended to March 13 It is the season for Medicare program deadline extensions. If you are in the process of reporting your 2016 data for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, also known as meaningful use, the deadline has just...

Family Practice Management : Getting Paid Blog : FPM Home

https://www.aafp.org/journals/fpm/blogs/gettingpaid/ehr-meaningful-use.html

Making Sense of Meaningful Use Stage 2: Second Wave or Tsunami? -- FPM

Feb 1, 2014 - You need to prepare for the next round of electronic health record requirements to keep it from swamping your practice.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2014/0100/p19.html

The Evolution of Meaningful Use: Today, Stage 3, and Beyond -- FPM

Feb 1, 2016 - The late-breaking regulations for electronic health records require practices to get up to speed quickly.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2016/0100/p17.html

AAFP, Other Groups Urge HHS to Modify Meaningful Use Timelines, Requirements

Feb 26, 2014 - Dozens of physician, hospital, health information technology and other stakeholder organizations that are invested in their members' successful completion of CMS' Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive programs took a united stand recently in asking HHS to modify ...

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20140226mutimelineltr.html

AAFP Letter to CMS on 90-Day Meaningful Use Reporting - March 15, 2016

The AAFP and 33 Organizations Urge CMS to Allow a 90-Day MU Reporting Period for 2016.

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/emr/LT-CMS-MUReporting-031516.pdf

How to Survive an EHR Meaningful Use Audit -- FPM

Dec 1, 2013 - Creating and keeping the right documents is key to answering reviewers' questions about electronic health record compliance.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2013/1100/p7.html

EHR Implementation Without Meaningful Use Can Lead to Worse Outcomes - Graham Center ...

Dec 1, 2011 - Defying expectations, typical electronic health record (EHR) use in practices belonging to a primary care network has been associated with poorer diabetes care quality and outcomes. Current expansion of primary care EHR implementation must focus on use that improves care.

American Family Physician : Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1220.html

Beyond Meaningful Use: Reconciling Medications - Close-ups - American Family Physician

Aug 1, 2015 - Even though a certain medication may be listed in the electronic health record, it doesn't mean that the patient is actually taking it.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p218.html

AAFP Letter to CMS on Meaningful Use Stage 3 - May 26, 2015

...the increasingly challenging Meaningful Use requirements continue and we, therefore, urge the agency to revise the approach to the Meaningful Use program so that more physicians are able to achieve these objectives. Since the initiation of the Meaningful Use program, there have been...

Advocacy

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/advocacy/health_it/interoperability/LT-CMS-MU3-052615.pdf

Practical Insights on Meeting Objectives of Meaningful Use III

Aims: 1) Evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a patient portal to help manage care for children with asthma; 2) Determine barriers and factors associated with portal adoption and sustained use.

Patient Care

https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/nrn/care-coordination-hrqpbrn-webinar.pdf

EHR Implementation Without Meaningful Use Can Lead to Worse Outcomes

...Centers to help practices adopt and achieve meaningful use of this technology. Our observation of primary care practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania suggests that shifting the focus of support efforts from adoption to truly meaningful use will be challenging. As part of a quality...

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1220.pdf

Beyond Meaningful Use: Reconciling Medications

August 1, 2015 Close-ups

American Family Physician

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0801/p218.pdf

EHR Funding is Great, But the Devil's in the Unintended Consequences

Apr 1, 2011 - I think it's wonderful that the government is trying to move physicians to EHR technology by rewarding them financially for meaningful use. However, I'm not sure the program's carrot-and-stick approach -- with incentives for those who become meaningful users and, eventually, penalties ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-cahn.html

AAFP Works to Resolve Members' Practice Management Issues in 2010

Jan 6, 2011 - In 2009, family physicians learned that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would provide bonuses for physician practices that incorporated the meaningful use of electronic health records, or EHRs. However, physicians and the AAFP were left scratching their heads about just what ...

AAFP News : Inside the Academy

https://www.aafp.org/news/inside-aafp/20110106yrinrev.html

Certified EHRs Drive Incentive Payment Program

Apr 1, 2011 - One of the basic components of the federal government's incentive program for adopting health information technology is a funny little term: meaningful use. To receive the incentives, physicians have to adopt a system that ensures they can apply meaningful use criteria to their use of ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401certifiedehrs.html

AAFP Backs Bill to Grant Forbearance on MU Penalties

Nov 11, 2015 - Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., has sponsored the Meaningful Use Relief Act that would allow CMS to grant a blanket hardship exception for eligible health professionals who cannot attest to meaningful use stage two for 2015.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151111muletter.html

Researchers Praise Progress, Point Out EHR Usability Issues

Jun 7, 2013 - The task of automating America's health care system via physicians' use of electronic health record (EHR) technology is progressing but far from finished. That's the conclusion offered by authors of a new study in the June 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20130607ehrimplementstudy.html

AAFP Urges HHS to Pause, Refocus, Streamline MU Program

Dec 2, 2015 - After publication of the final meaningful use rule, the AAFP wasted no time letting CMS know that the program is in trouble and needs a course correction.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151202mu3letter.html

EHR Incentive Money Not Worth Participating in Medicare Again

Apr 1, 2011 - I practice with two other family physicians in an integrative medical practice that combines conventional and complementary therapies. I've had an EHR since 2006. But I won't get any government money for meaningful use because I don't participate in Medicare (or any other insurance, ...

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-steinmetz.html

AAFP Demands Straight Answers on Flawed Audit Process

Jul 17, 2015 - The AAFP won't back down when it comes to getting answers from CMS about flaws in its meaningful use audit system.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150717auditanswers.html

AAFP Argues for Extended 90-day MU Reporting Period

Mar 18, 2016 - As the meaningful use program winds down, the AAFP is telling CMS it should maintain flexibility in the program's reporting requirements.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160318mu90days.html

Practice Owners, Employed Docs Struggle With Allocation of Incentive Money

Sep 26, 2012 - As America's health care system moves into a payment arena that makes new money, such as bonuses, incentive payments and shared savings, available, the way physicians get paid is changing, opening up a whole new world of payment opportunities and pitfalls. Take Deborah Higer, M.D., for ...

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20120926incentivepayments.html

AAFP Leaders Take Family Medicine's Message to Capitol Hill

Nov 4, 2015 - Members of the AAFP Board of Directors spoke to lawmakers about FPs' frustration with meaningful use rules, Medicare payment and other issues.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151104hillvisit.html

Congress Simplifies MU Hardship Exemption Process

Dec 22, 2015 - Congress has passed a bill would allow CMS to review meaningful use hardship exemption applications faster until March 15, 2016.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20151222muexemption.html

MU Hardship Exception Application Process, Round Two

Jan 26, 2016 - CMS recently announced approval of a simplified application process for physicians to apply for meaningful use hardship exemptions.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20160126ehrhardship.html

News Briefs: Week of April 18-22

Apr 20, 2011 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: CMS Launches Online Tools for Meaningful Use Incentive Programs; Obama Signs Bill Eliminating 1099 Tax Provision; NHSC Loan Repayment Program Still Open; Major Health Systems Create Care Connectivity Consortium; Abstracts Invited for 2011...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20110420wklynewsbrfs.html

EHRs Represent the 'Widgetization' of Medicine

Apr 1, 2011 - I've been on an EHR for six years and totally paperless for at least three. I think the primary target of the meaningful use money isn't doctors like me, who already have EHRs, but doctors who don't, to induce them to start.

AAFP News : Special Report: EHRs

https://www.aafp.org/news/ehr/20110401s-o-granat.html

CMS Pushes MU Attestation, PQRS Reporting Deadlines to March 20

Feb 25, 2015 - CMS has pushed the meaningful use attestation deadline for the Medicare EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program to March 20.

AAFP News : Government and Medicine

https://www.aafp.org/news/government-medicine/20150225mudeadline.html

New MU Hardship Exemption Application Deadline: July 1

Mar 1, 2016 - CMS recently announced that it has extended the deadline to apply for a meaningful use hardship exemption to July 1.

AAFP News : Practice and Professional Issues

https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20160301mujuly.html

News in Brief: Week of May 19-23

May 27, 2014 - This roundup includes the following news briefs: AAFP, USPSTF Say Evidence Lacking to Recommend Screening for Suicide; Apply for Meaningful Use Hardship Exception by July 1; High Cholesterol Levels in Couples Can Impair Fecundity; and CMS Launches Stage One of Restructured Quality ...

AAFP News : News in Brief

https://www.aafp.org/news/news-in-brief/20140527wklynwsbrfs.html

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