Meaningful Use

2017-18 Best Hospitals Honor Roll and Overview

By Avery Comarow and Ben Harder for U.S. News and World Report U.S. News ranks the top 20 hospitals in the nation, plus the best hospitals in each state and metro area. Somewhere in America, at a pace of about once per second, a patient checks into a hospital. With more than 33 million hospitalizations…

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CMS backs off proposal to make hospital accreditor investigations public: 5 things to know

By Brian Zimmerman for Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality Federal health officials withdrew a proposal to require healthcare facility accreditors to publicly release details on safety issues they encounter during inspections of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, according to a ProPublica report. Here are five things to know. 1. In April, CMS issued a…

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OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

By Kate Monica for EHR Intelligence OIG estimates 12 percent of the total Medicare EHR incentive payments issued to EPs between 2011 and 2014 were made incorrectly. CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG)…

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CMS’ 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule: 9 Things to Know

By Ayla Ellison for Becker’s Hospital CFO CMS released its 2018 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule on Friday, which increases payments to acute care hospitals next year. The rule also includes proposed rates for long-term care hospitals. Overall, the proposed rule would apply to about 3,330 acute care hospitals and 420 long-term care…

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