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Stay informed on important updates regarding Health IT in Massachusetts by frequently checking this page. We will routinely post announcements on program updates, new and revised regulations, deadlines and extensions, and other relevant notices.  

Mass HIway Regulations and Policies & Procedures

March 2, 2017

Source: Mass HIway

The state regulations, 101 CMR 20.00: Health Information Exchange, also known as the "Mass HIway Regulations" took effect February 10, 2017.
To assist stakeholders in reviewing these final regulations, the Mass HIway has released the following documents: Mass HIway Regulations Summary and Mass HIway Regulations FAQs.

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Final Mass HIway Regulations Available

February 10, 2017

Source: The Mass HIway

The final Mass HIway Regulations are now available online, and will be in effect as of February 10, 2017.

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New Official CMS Resources for Participation in the EHR Incentive Programs for CY 2017 and Stage 3

December 5, 2016

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Visit the CMS Website for Updated Information on CY 2017 and Stage 3 Program Requirements.

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Notice of Important Changes to the Mass HIway Policies and Procedures

November 18, 2016

Source: The Mass HIway

Updated versions of the Mass HIway Policies & Procedures along with a reminder regarding the public comment period for Mass HIway Regulations.

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Mass HIway Proposed Regulation Summary

November 7, 2016

Source: the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS)

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) has announced that proposed Mass HIway Regulations are open for public comment.

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MA EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline Extension for Eligible Hospitals

October 4, 2016

Source: MassHealth

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received approval from CMS to extend the MassHealth Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Year 2015 application deadline for Eligible Hospitals from Tuesday, November 1, 2016, through Tuesday, November 22, 2016.

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ONC Resources Published: EHR Contract Guide and Health IT Playbook

September 26, 2016

Source: ONC Media Affairs HHS.gov

New tools will serve as practical, easy-to-understand resources to help health care providers increase information flow to improve health care delivery

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CMS Proposed Rule on 90-Day EHR Reporting Period in 2016

August 5, 2016

Source: MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

CMS is proposing a 90-Day EHR reporting period in 2016 for all Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals. The agency has stated that the change would further assist healthcare providers by increasing flexibility in the program. The EHR reporting period would be any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

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Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists Are Now Eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

July 27, 2016

Source: MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

The Massachusetts Medicaid EHR Incentive Program recently received approval from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCNS) will now be eligible to participate in the incentive program as Eligible Professionals (EPs). The inclusion of PCNS makes the EHR incentives more widely available to the Behavioral Health sector.

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2016 PQRS GPRO Registration is Now Open

April 4, 2016

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Groups can register to participate in the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value - Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System.

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