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Some Practices Still Don’t Run Analytics on EHR Data

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A new survey from MGMA has found that medical practices have mixed approaches to analyzing their electronic health record data.

The survey found 31 percent said they use their EHR analytics capabilities to the fullest extent; another 31 percent said they deploy a combination of EHR analytics along with help from an external vendor partner; 22 percent said they use some of their EHR’s analytic capabilities; and 5 percent said they rely on an external vendor.

But a not-insubstantial 11 percent of survey-takers said they don’t perform analytics at all on their EHR data, according to the poll.

MGMA Principal Derek Kosiorek said he understands the wide disparity in providers’ analytic maturity. After all, most EHRs weren’t built for data analytics, but as electronic information repositories.

In the post-meaningful use EHR rush, many systems, in order to be more palatable to paper-reliant physicians, were designed to emulate paper records, he said in a blog post, rather than to interpret, aggregate or organize the records.

“For many practices, reports produced by the EHR were either pre-installed with the product or configured by the vendor during implementation,” said Kosiorek. “To these groups, the ability to generate new analytics walks out the door with the product implementation team.”

Even savvy medical staffs are forced to rely on assistance or add-ons from outside vendors to help them with analytics.

But even though many physician practices don’t have the resources to do so, the imperatives of value-based care make the ability to leverage clinical, administrative and financial data vital, he said.

The good news is that EHRs and analytics tools are “improving in exciting ways and will soon live up to the promise that brought us into the electronic age,” said Kosiorek. “I often say that clinical providers do not dislike EHRs as a concept – they dislike the EHRs they have been given. Today, it is more difficult to get the job done with the tool than it is without it. But data analytics have the power to change all that.”

CMS Launches Long-Promised Public Health, Clinical Data Registry Repository


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Public health, clinical data or specialized registry electronic reporting options are intended to help with meaningful use requirements.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has created a centralized repository for public health agency and clinical data registry reporting to provide an additional, centralized source of information for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals.

This will help organizations seeking to comply with Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. In the Stage 2 of Meaningful Use final rule, released in 2012, CMS stated it would develop this repository.

The CMS Centralized Repository is not the authoritative source of all reporting options currently available, CMS said. The information within the repository was collected in September and October 2016.

Participation in the repository by public health agencies, clinical data registries and specialized registries is voluntary.

For the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the absence of an entry on the CMS Centralized Repository is not sufficient documentation for claiming an exclusion and does not prevent a provider from attesting to reporting to a registry, CMS said. Providers must still check with jurisdictional public health agencies or specialty societies to which they belong and document that information to satisfy Medicare or Medicaid reporting.

CMS Proposal Relaxes EHR Reporting Requirements

A new proposed payment rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would ease up on EHR reporting requirements over the next two years.

The new rule, issued on Friday, follows recent calls from providers and the health IT community to scale back on Meaningful Use and quality data reporting requirements.

The proposed regulation, which covers the 2018 Medicare payments for hospital inpatient services, relaxes data reporting requirements for Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) that are part of the EHR Incentive program. In 2017, eligible hospitals demonstrating meaningful use for the first time would need to submit two self-selected quarters of CQM data and report at least six selected CQMs, down from eight.

For physicians, CMS wants to limit CQM reporting requirements to 90 days and align the program with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

The agency also plans to ease the Meaningful Use attestation period for hospitals and physicians from one full year to any continuous 90-day period in 2018. A new exception would be added to Medicare payment adjustments for physicians and hospitals that show meaningful EHR use “is not possible because their certified EHR technology has been decertified under ONC’s Health IT Certification Program.”

Although this is the first major payment regulation issued under Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, CMS offered similar flexibility when it released its Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule in November. However, providers have continued to resist the transition to Meaningful Use Stage 3.

Last week, HIMSS was the most recent organization to call for Price to delay the 2015 Edition EHR Certification, which has been a point of contention for organizations that argue vendors are not prepared to meet the updated requirements.

Meaningful Use Training 11.9.2016

This training will include an overview of Meaningful Use based on the 2015 final rule, including what Meaningful Use means and how these changes affect your practice.

Learn more about the qualifications, the program overview and how to meet each measure with supporting documentation.

Top takeaways include:

  • – How to meet all 10 Meaningful Use objectives
  • – How to run reports for Meaningful Use and PQRS
  • – Navigating attestation preparation

 

Complete the form below to sign up for this event.

 

 







    Meaningful Use Training 10.21.2016

    This training will include an overview of Meaningful Use based on the 2015 final rule, including what Meaningful Use means and how these changes affect your practice.

    Learn more about the qualifications, the program overview and how to meet each measure with supporting documentation.

    Top takeaways include:

    • – How to meet all 10 Meaningful Use objectives
    • – How to run reports for Meaningful Use and PQRS
    • – Navigating attestation preparation

     

    Complete the form below to sign up for this event.

     

     







      Meaningful Use Training 10.12.2016

      This training will include an overview of Meaningful Use based on the 2015 final rule, including what Meaningful Use means and how these changes affect your practice.

      Learn more about the qualifications, the program overview and how to meet each measure with supporting documentation.

      Top takeaways include:

      • – How to meet all 10 Meaningful Use objectives
      • – How to run reports for Meaningful Use and PQRS
      • – Navigating attestation preparation

       

      Complete the form below to sign up for this event.

       

       








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