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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

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