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CMS Estimates that Medicare EHR Incentive Program Will Penalize Hundreds of Thousands of Eligible Professionals

At the ONC’s HIT Committee meeting on February 10, 2015, CMS presented data about the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program.  The presentation included CMS’s estimate that over two hundred and fifty thousand professionals participating in Medicare will receive a downward payment adjustment for failing to meet meaningful use standards in 2015, which is the … Continue Reading

President’s Budget Includes Funding for Precision Medicine Initiative

As we described in an a post last month, in the State of the Union the President announced a new “Precision Medicine Initiative” to foster the development and delivery of personalized treatments for illnesses such as cancer and diabetes.  The FY 2016 budget released by the President yesterday includes $215 million in funding to launch … Continue Reading

CMS Submits Proposed Rule on Stage 3 Meaningful Use to OMB

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the proposed rulemaking for Stage 3 meaningful use, which is the next stage of compliance for eligible professionals and hospitals in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program.  Stage 3 is scheduled to begin in 2017. The … Continue Reading

PCORI Announces $150 Million to Support Continued Development of Clinical Research Network

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the nonprofit corporation tasked with advancing comparative clinical effectiveness research, recently released two funding announcements to support Phase II of its effort to create a National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet. PCORnet is intended to be a national network providing wide access to health data for clinical outcomes … Continue Reading

Cromnibus Explanatory Statement Urges ONC to Demand Interoperable EHR Technology

On December 17, 2014, President Obama signed a combination long-term omnibus spending bill/short-term continuing resolution into law (the “Cromnibus”).  The Explanatory Statement that accompanied passage of the Cromnibus includes several instructions to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) designed to improve the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHR).… Continue Reading

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Open for Comment

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020.  “The Strategic Plan represents a coordinated and focused effort to appropriately collect, share, and use interoperable health information to improve health care, individual, community and … Continue Reading

Welcome to Covington eHealth

While Covington eHealth is a new publication, lawyers at Covington & Burling LLP have been writing on topics related to eHealth for many years, including on other Covington blogs. Below is a selection of eHealth-related articles posted to other Covington blogs in the first half of 2014. We encourage you to visit our other sites … Continue Reading

ONC Names Acting Deputy National Coordinator

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named Dr. Jon White to replace Dr. Jacob Reider as the Acting Deputy National Coordinator.  Dr. White joined ONC in October on part-time detail from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Since then, he has served as interim head of ONC’s Office … Continue Reading

CMS Extends Attestation Deadline for Hospitals in Medicare EHR Incentive Program

On November 24, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it would extend the deadline for hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) to attest to meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year in the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program.  The deadline was extended for a month, from November 30, 2014 to … Continue Reading

Recovery Act Reviews Outlined in HHS OIG’s Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015 Focus on EHR Incentive Payments

On October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Work Plan for fiscal year 2015.  Appendix B of the Work Plan outlines OIG’s plans for continued oversight of HHS agencies’ use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) funds.… Continue Reading

HHS Secretary Names Members for Health Information Technology Policy Committee and Health Information Technology Standards Committee

On November 4, 2014, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell named a new member to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HITPC) and renewed appointments for three members of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC).… Continue Reading

JASON Task Force Issues Final Report

Last year, JASON, an independent group of scientists, issued a report criticizing the state of electronic health records (EHR) and health information interoperability and exchange in the United States. Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) JASON Task Force issued its report analyzing JASON’s findings and recommendations.  The JASON Task Force … Continue Reading

AMA Recommends Improvements to Meaningful Use Program

On October 14, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) outlined its vision for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use (MU) Program in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.  Despite the MU program’s achievements since its creation in 2009, … Continue Reading

CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Period

On October 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications to allow eligible professionals and hospitals to avoid 2015 meaningful use penalties.  Penalties for failing to demonstrate meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) were applied beginning October 1, 2014 for hospitals, and … Continue Reading

Legislation Introduced to Require CMS to Allow Three-Month EHR Reporting Period in 2015

In September, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Congressman Jim Matheson introduced H.R. 5481 — the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act of 2014 (“Flex-IT Act”).  This legislation would provide a three-month reporting period, instead of a full year reporting period, for demonstrating meaningful use in the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Payment Program in 2015.… Continue Reading

ONC Finalizes Changes to 2014 Edition EHR Certification Criteria

On September 11, 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a final rule updating the 2014 Edition Electronic Health Records (EHR) certification criteria.  The certification criteria are technical standards that EHR technology must meet in order for hospitals and health care professionals to achieve meaningful use of EHR (and … Continue Reading

ONC Releases Ten-Year Plan for Health IT Interoperability

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a plan entitled, “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure.”  ONC explained that the release of the plan “is an invitation to health … Continue Reading

CMS and ONC Delay EHR Deadlines

On May 23, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) jointly published proposed rules extending certain deadlines for meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) and implementation of certified electronic health records technology (CEHRT).  See 79 Fed. Reg. 29,732 (May 23, … Continue Reading

HHS Plans to Require ICD-10 Implementation by October 1, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced an expected ICD-10 implementation deadline of October 1, 2015.  HHS plans to release an interim final rule “in the near future” that will set the deadline and require HIPAA-covered entities to continuing using ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015. As we discussed in a recent post, Congress … Continue Reading
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