Cindy Paul, Consultant, Professional Services

Cindy, a registered nurse with more than 20 years experience in Clinical Nursing and Public Health Education, is a Consultant in our Professional Services Division at Iatric Systems. She is experienced in hospital Compliance & Quality Improvement, Meaningful Use attestation, and Audit readiness for hospitals. Cindy’s primary role at Iatric Systems is Meaningful Use Project Management & Consulting, and Clinical Informatics.

Just When We Think We Understand eCQMs….it all changes!

Many hospitals are gearing up to start another reporting period for electronic Clinical Quality Measures. As you may know, with proposed CMS changes released in April, the requirements were reduced for 2017 reporting. The final rule is not out, but historically CMS follows through with proposed rules, so we can plan for these changes.

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CMS Extends the EHR Incentive Program Deadline to March 11

As of February 11, 2016, CMS has announced an extension to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. For eligible hospitals and providers participating in the program, this extension should bring relief from unrealistic reporting deadlines.

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Meaningful Use: Don’t Go It Alone Despite Tight Budgets

With hospital budgets shrinking and any remaining dollars being allocated in many directions, we often hear from customers that they don’t have funding for one initiative or another — and end up putting increased strain on their own staff to do more.

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NPRM Changes to Core 6.2 Patient Engagement

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