The HHS’ Office of Inspector General is auditing payments made under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR meaningful use incentive program to ensure funds are being properly used. Findings from two states involving Medicaid data are mixed. In Florida, Medicaid data involving 42 hospitals indicate incentive payment calculations were accurate under federal and state laws. However, […]Read more
In a Gallup study of 200 hospitals, they found that the engagement level of nurses was the number one variable correlating to mortality, even beating out the number of nurses per patient day.
Another review of engagement and clinical outcomes at the NHS in England showed that for every 10% increase in engagement there was a reduction in MRSA […]
During the most recent meeting of the Health IT Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided financial figures for both meaningful use penalties and incentives.The latest EHR Incentive Programs update from CMS estimates howmeaningful use penalties will affect eligible professionals in 2015.The figures related to Medicare payment adjustments (i.e., meaningful use penalties), however, are only estimates. […]Read more
The total sum of EHR incentive payments grew to $28.1 billion through the end of 2014. Medicare and Medicaid EPs have received $6.8 billion and $3.4 billion, respectively. Eligible hospitals, meanwhile, account for $17.4 billion in EHR incentive payments.
As for 2014 meaningful use attestations through February 1, the number of successful attestations by EPs grew by nearly […]
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT announced Wednesday that 90% of almost 5,000 eligible hospitals had demonstrated EHR meaningful use as of December. According to the agency, 5% of the eligible hospitals had been paid to adopt, implement or upgrade their EHR platforms, 4% were not participants and the remaining 1% were […]Read more
As of December 2014, more than 431,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In May 2013, CMS announced that more than half of all eligible health care providers had been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
More than $18.8 billion in […]Read more
Incentives and penalties have driven EMR decision-making.
62% of physicians who adopted an EHR between 2010 and 2013 reported that financial incentives or penalties had a major influence in their decision to adopt EHRs.
Prior to 2009, only 23% of physicians were influenced by incentives or penalties.
51% of physicians not using an EHR said availability of incentive payments […]
Who is getting hit with meaningful use penalties?
257,000 of the 537,600 professionals eligible for meaningful use incentives received a penalty
200 of the 4,993 hospitals eligible for meaningful use incentives were penalized since Oct. 1, 2014.
55,000 eligible professionals out of 57,000 applicants were approved for hardship exemptions.
More than three dozen hospitals across the U.S. will be penalized more than 3% on most of their CMS reimbursements in 2015, the first year in which the agency’s three Medicare quality and safety incentive programs will be in effect.
According to a Modern Healthcare analysis of CMS data on penalties for fiscal 2015, when readmission, hospital-acquired condition […]
According to The Advisory Board’s 2013 Population Health Survey (June 02, 2014):
A majority of respondents deploy high-risk care managers who coordinate care for 200 patients or less
57% of respondents will convert the majority of practices (75% or more) to the medical home model across the next three years
45% of respondents are integrating behavioral health support […]