Impact Insights

CMS Eases MIPS/MACRA Reporting Requirements with “Pick Your Pace” Program

September 16, 2016

On September 8, 2016, CMS’ Andy Slavitt announced a “Pick Your Pace” program in the CMS Blog. This clarifies the reporting requirements for MIPS/MACRA for... More

Week in Review 1/8/16 – New MU Hardship Exception; Next Generation of Wearables

January 8, 2016

RELIEF (AND ALSO MORE CONFUSION) WITH MEANINGFUL USE… Last week, President Obama signed a bill into law that essentially establishes a blanket hardship exception for... More

Week in Review 10/23/15: MU Clarifications from CMS; New Interoperability Metrics Coming?

October 23, 2015

IMPORTANT CLARIFICATIONS FROM CMS ON THE MU FINAL RULE… In the time since the MU Final Rule was released in early October, CMS has issued... More

Week in Review 10/16/15 – and new White Paper on the MU Final Rule

October 16, 2015

REACTIONS TO THE MEANINGFUL USE FINAL RULE… Now that the dust has settled somewhat, industry stakeholders have finally had a chance to digest the MU... More

Week in Review 9/25/15

September 25, 2015

THE TRANSITION TO ICD-10 IS THIS WEEK… After a number of delays, the conversion to ICD-10 code sets is finally set to take effect this... More

Week in Review 9/18/15

September 18, 2015

THE MEANINGFUL USE STAGE 3 SAGA CONTINUES… Earlier this week, the chairman of the Senate HELP Committee (Sen. Lamar Alexander), called on CMS to hold... More

Week in Review 9/4/15

September 4, 2015

THE WORLDWIDE WEARABLES MARKET GREW 223% IN Q2 OF 2015… Even though Apple just entered the wearables space last quarter, the Apple Watch is already... More

Week in Review – and new EHR Optimization survey – 8/28/15

August 28, 2015

NEW IMPACT ADVISORS SURVEY FINDS OPTIMIZATION IS A TOP PRIORITY… Impact Advisors has just published a report based on results from an online survey of... More

Week in Review 8/21/15

August 21, 2015

PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN AS PROVIDERS WAIT FOR THE FINAL RULE ON MEANINGFUL USE CHANGES… A number of hospitals and IT stakeholders recently sent separate... More

Week in Review 8/14/15

August 14, 2015

HIE PROGRESS – OR LACK THEREOF? … A survey presented at a recent HIT Policy Committee meeting suggests an increase in the number of hospitals... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 6 – Coordination of Care through Patient Engagement

July 14, 2015

Perhaps the most complex proposed objective of Stage 3 is next: Coordination of Care. This proposed objective has multiple parts, and is a consolidation and... More

Week in Review 7/10/15

July 10, 2015

NEW ICD-10 FLEXIBILITY FOR PHYSICIAN PRACTICES… Earlier this week, CMS and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced what essentially amounts to a compromise on the... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 5 – Patient Electronic Access to Health Information

July 6, 2015

Half-way home now, we’ll address Objective 5 today, and one of the more interesting proposed objectives, Patient Electronic Access to Health Information. This is an... More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Meaningful Use Stage 3: Objective 3 – Clinical Decision Support

June 19, 2015

Today we’ll address the third of the proposed Stage 3 objectives, “Clinical Decision Support”. As a reminder, the complete Stage 3 proposed rule can be downloaded here.... More

Week in Review 6/5/15

June 5, 2015

In public comments submitted to CMS, many industry stakeholders were highly critical of the proposed meaningful use Stage 3 requirements. The College of Healthcare Information... More