EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use Criteria And Vendor Delays Cause Concern, Complaints From Provider Representatives

Meeting in Washington D.C. on February 4, 2014, the federal government’s Health Information Technology Policy Committee fielded complaints about the progression of criteria for meaningful use for the electronic health record incentive program.  According to an article in Modern Healthcare, the discussion, led by the meaningful use working group co-chairmen Dr. Paul Tang and Dr. George Hripcsak, caused representatives of hospitals and other providers to voice concern about the difficulty in meeting the timelines and requirements for meaningful  use due… Read More >

AHA RACTrac 2013 Third Quarter Results: Increase in RAC Activity

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently released the third quarter results of its RACTrac survey.  RACTrac is a free, web-based survey aimed at collecting information regarding the impact of CMS’s Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program on hospitals nationwide. Results for the third quarter included 1,269 participating hospitals.  Overall, participating hospitals reported a considerable increase in RAC activity, both in terms of medial record request and complex audit denials.  Medical record requests were reportedly up 13 percent since the first quarter… Read More >