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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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