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The committees were convened at the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services and include representatives from members of America’s Essential Hospitals.

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Merit-based Incentive Payment System–eligible clinicians and groups may apply for hardship exceptions due to connectivity issues or extreme circumstances, such as disasters.

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Nearly half of U.S. health care breaches in July were caused by hacking, marking the first time this year that hacking incidents outnumbered insider breaches in both frequency and number of affected patient records.

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The change aims to simplify data reporting for hospitals, as most already use the QualityNet portal for communications and quality data exchange.

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Exceptions are available for Merit-based Incentive Payment System eligible clinicians and groups that experienced insufficient internet connectivity, uncontrollable circumstances, or other issues; applications are due Oct. 1.

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The update calls for improvements to federal network cybersecurity, protection of critical infrastructure, and an international engagement strategy.

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America’s Essential Hospitals has established this page of cybersecurity resources on preventing and responding to information technology attacks.

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A new strain of ransomware, known as Petya, could affect the health care sector and is unique because the virus is capable of self-replication.

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Two new reports warn about the same vulnerabilities that allowed the WannaCry virus to spread worldwide earlier this year.

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New Medicare cards will include a randomly generated Medicare beneficiary identifier instead of the Social Security-based health insurance claim number.

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Attendees learned about PRAPARE, an innovative tool that helps essential providers track, measure, evaluate, and respond to the social determinants of health.

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The resources, designed for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-covered entities or their associates, include a checklist and infographic.

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The Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force outlines resources and the importance of cybersecurity to patient safety and continuity of operations.

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The updates include guidance on reporting ransomware and note how Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance can protect from an attack.

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Ransomware, a type of malware that infects computers and restricts access to files until a ransom is paid, has hit health care organizations in the United Kingdom.

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Has your business model adapted enough to flourish in the new health care era? Health IT expert Fletcher Lance explained how your organization can embrace telehealth capabilities to improve patient experience.

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Several leadership posts — including FDA commissioner, National Coordinator for Health IT, AHRQ director, and HRSA administrator — have been filled.

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The update for the 2018 performance year aligns electronic clinical quality measure specifications with current clinical guidelines and code systems.

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Eligible hospitals and professionals now have until March 13 to attest to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

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Hospitals now have until March 13 — instead of Feb. 28 — to submit electronic clinical quality measure data from 2016 to CMS.

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The bill is a step toward expanding Project ECHO, an innovative “hub and spoke” education model created at association member University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

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Hosted by the Financial Interest Group, this webinar will help prepare your hospital to implement provisions of the MACRA final rule.

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Under the rule, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology now can conduct direct surveillance of certified health information technology.

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The National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center received the funding to educate health care sector stakeholders, partners on cybersecurity.

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Hospitals and eligible professionals now can register to submit National Health Care Survey data in 2017.

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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 requires CMS to remove Social Security numbers from beneficiaries’ Medicare cards by April 2019.

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The summaries outline efforts by 19 working groups under the "Vital Directions" initiative to improve health care in the United States.

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ONC has released a web-based resource that gives providers comprehensive, easy-to-understand information about applying health information technology.

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ONC is requesting feedback particularly on interoperability as it relates to social determinants of health and collection of gender identity data.

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The new guidance reinforces the importance of compliance with HIPAA to prevent and recover from cyber threats.

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The no-cost continuing education/continuing medical education video on how health IT systems can enable patient-centered care is available until June 30.

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Providers have until July 1 to apply for a hardship exception to avoid a penalty for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

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The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model will encourage primary care practices to transform care delivery, including by increasing care management and coordination.

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Learn how one hospital's quality transparency initiative is helping to meet the public's growing demand for information.

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Updated guidance clarifies that covered entities may use and disclose protected health information for treatment or for quality and other health care operations.

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Banner Health is expanding its telehealth program to new areas of its hospitals, such as medical/surgical and stepdown units, and even into patients’ homes.

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Hospitals, providers can claim exclusions for public health meaningful use measures to avoid inadvertent penalties from the 2015 EHR Incentive Program final rule.

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Agency's decision to extend deadline to July 1 gives eligible hospitals an additional three months to file for an exception.

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Telehealth Network Grant Program will award up to 20 grants for a maximum of $300,000 annually to expand services; applications are due April 8.

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Eligible hospitals now have until March 11 to show meaningful use of EHR technology or face a Medicare payment adjustment in 2017.

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New, streamlined process requires less information from hospitals for application; deadline to apply is April 1.

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America's Essential Hospitals initiative supports hospital's development of an electronic referral, or eReferral, program to connect vulnerable patients to much-needed specialty services.

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Agencies seek information on quality reporting to help reduce the burden on eligible hospitals and providers; comments are due Feb. 1.

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CMS now able to grant categorical exceptions to essential providers and hospitals that did not meet 2015 requirements; hospital applications due April 1.

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CMS website includes information on changes to Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in recent final rule.

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Hospitals must establish and implement policies and procedures for managing alarms starting Jan. 1, 2016.

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New report from ECRI Institute also lists failure to respond to clinical alarms, unsafe injection practices, and insufficient training among top hazards.

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In three FAQs, agency provides guidance on how to attest to health information exchange and patient electronic access measures, as well as objectives that require patient action.

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Report on National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care details progress made toward better care, lower costs, and improved health.

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In an FAQ, CMS offers alternate exclusions for newly finalized measures in the public health reporting objective that were not previously required or are unfeasible to implement in 2015.

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Just added: CMS contacts for provider questions. Explore fact sheets, videos, other information available to help ease Oct. 1 transition to new coding system

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CMS released a new resource clarifying when ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes are required. Claims submitted on Oct. 1 or later but with dates of service prior to Oct. 1 require ICD-9 codes, not ICD-10.

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Key provisions in the final rule include calendar year reporting, 90-day reporting period in 2015, and details for stage 3 meaningful use requirements.

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In its Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap, ONC presents an action plan that will move the health care system toward the free exchange of health information to improve the provision of health care.

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The rule finalizes proposals from the stage 3 proposed rule and the proposed rule modifying the programs from 2015 to 2017. Changes include a 90-day reporting period, fewer hospital objectives, and a lower threshold for patient electronic access.

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Updates cover exclusions for submitting electronic immunization data and applicability of submitting summary of care documents for transferring patients.

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CMS has tested its systems and is prepared to assist providers as problems arise. Providers should first contact their MAC for Medicare claims questions or subsequently email the ICD-10 Coordination Center or the ICD-10 ombudsman.

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Providers may be exempt from a payment adjustment for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs if they switch certified EHR technology vendors or their vendor is decertified during the program year.

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The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2015–2020, aims to improve health IT infrastructure, transform health care delivery, and improve individual and community health.

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Planned Parenthood controversy continues to influence federal funding negotiations. Health insurer and hospital mergers are reviewed. Plus, committees consider abortion, Medicaid, HIT, and biosimilar drugs.

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New materials from CMS and the association's list of resources will help providers as they transition to ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on Oct. 1.

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Panelists from across the membership asked Congress to ensure the sustainability of telehealth through payment parity for telehealth services.

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Essential hospitals meet their commitment to vulnerable patients across regions and states with innovative technology.

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Join us to learn more about the ICD-10 coding system, how the transition will impact your hospital, and what you can do to prepare.

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The guide outlines the critical activities needed for a successful ICD-10 launch on October 1. Also included are instructions for accessing ICD-10 codes and links to training and testing resources.

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The House will vote to repeal two major ACA provisions this week - medical device tax and the IPAB - and consider four Medicare Advantage bills. Health committees are reviewing mental health and HIT.

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The House could vote on 21st Century Cures legislation as early as next week, health committees focus on 9/11 compensation and health information exchange.

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In comments on the agency’s proposals for stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs, the association called on CMS to delay finalizing the proposed rule and to provide much-needed flexibility for providers in the program.

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The agency will grant funding to 10 community organizations, government agencies, or community groups to spread health information to community partners.

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Congress must pass a homeland security spending bill this week, and health insurance marketplaces are under scrutiny as oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case begin.

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There is particular interest in mechanisms for greater comprehensiveness in care delivery, care for complex patients, care coordination, and value-driven reimbursement.

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The funding aims to improve health care delivery through health information interoperability, training, and shared learning resources.

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Hospitals must prove meaningful use in 2014 to receive a 2014 incentive payment and avoid a 1 percent payment adjustment in 2016.

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CMS clarifies that for measure 2 of the summary of care objective, transitions of care involving a third party can be used when certain requirements are met.

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Webinar will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, 1 – 2 pm ET. Registration is required.

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The association joined a letter to HHS asking for a 90-day EHR reporting period for FY 2015.

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The webinar, to be held, Sept. 16, 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET, will include the CMS 2014 CEHRT flexibility final rule and the ONC 2014 edition certification criteria final rule.

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ONC issued a final rule including 10 optional criteria and 2 revised criteria for the 2014 edition EHR certification criteria. The goal is to reduce regulatory burden, increase flexibility, and enhance EHR interoperability and information exchange.

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CMS and ONC finalize extension of stage 2 meaningful use requirements and give providers flexibility for reporting via 2011 or 2014 certified EHR technology.

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Education and training are key to helping staff understand the vital importance of collecting race, ethnicity, and language data.

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Numerous essential hospitals were named to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's list of 2014 most wired hospitals

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Learn how to configure EHRs to fulfill federal, state, and accreditation requirements for REAL data collection

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The tool helps providers determine their potential options for implementing the 2014 edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).

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CMS has released a call for feedback on the June 10 draft quality reporting document architecture guide for eligible professionals and hospitals to use for 2015 clinical quality measure reporting. Feedback is due June 27.

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Health IT Policy Committee Meaningful Use Workgroup seeks input from users on meaningful use experiences to help optimize stage 3 requirements. The group is accepting comments on a recent blog post.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a proposed rule May 20 delaying stage 2 meaningful use implementation and adding flexibility for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.

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This is the fifth blog in a series highlighting how the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is helping patients better navigate their care.

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As part of the meaningful use program, participating hospitals must report data for eCQMs that cover three of six National Quality Strategy domains. The original eCQM specifications were released in 2012 and are updated annually.

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A new FAQ is available on the patient electronic access objective. Updated FAQs provide information on the summary of care objective and AIU attestation.

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Beginning Oct. 1, hospitals to face fiscal year 2015 penalties for failing to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records by July 1, 2014. Hospitals encountering obstacles beyond their control may apply for a hardship exception.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has made available resources to help providers prepare for and transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) diagnosis and procedure codes by Oct. 1, 2014. Resources include fact sheets, frequently asked question, webinars, and an offer to participate in end-to-end testing.

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Health IT Policy Committee will use panel's input for national HIT framework

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Challenges essential hospitals may face when implementing HIT

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About America’s Essential Hospitals

America’s Essential Hospitals is the leading association and champion for hospitals and health systems dedicated to high-quality care for all, including the most vulnerable. Since 1981, America’s Essential Hospitals has initiated, advanced, and preserved programs and policies that help these hospitals ensure access to care. We support members with advocacy, policy development, research, and education.