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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has revoked certifications for two electronic health records, previously certified as products to be used as part of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society’s (HIMSS) EHR Association, a non-profit trade group, has expressed its discontent with a portion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) 2014 Budget that would implement a user fee for vendors that would get their products certified Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Certification Program. The Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society’s (HIMSS) EHR Association, a non-profit trade group, has expressed its discontent with a portion of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) 2014 Budget that would implement a user fee for vendors that would get their products certified Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Health IT Certification Program. read more

Citing the crush of an increasing workload and dwindling government funding, the Office of the National Coordinator has proposed a health IT user fee that would be imposed on health IT vendors who certify their products through the ONC Health IT Certification Program. The HIMSS EHR Association opposes ONC’s proposal

The CMS awarded thousands of new contracts in Medicare’s competitive-bidding program for medical supplies, an initiative growing substantially in its reach amid persistent criticism from many companies that distribute the products.

Electronic health record vendors need to improve the usability of their products and provide more guidance to their provider clients, according to a new study by Orem, Utah, research firm KLAS. read more

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