(From Dark Daily)
(From Dark Daily)
Louisiana is the first state in the nation to issue an incentive payment to a Medicaid eligible professional (EP) for demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals made the payment to the Winn Community Health Center, a federally qualified health center (FQHC), on behalf of three EPs. The Winn Community Health Center, a small rural community center staffed by a physician, a nurse practitioner, and a physician's assistant, was also the first FQHC in Louisiana to enroll with the state health information exchange (HIE).
After determining your eligibility for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, you should then register as early as possible for the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. CMS’ EHR Information Center is open to assist the EHR provider community with registration and other program-related inquiries.
CMS has released February 2012 data that highlights program-to-date (since January 2011) participation and payment totals under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The February report documents continued growth in registrations and payments, including:
CMS recommends that all eligible professionals (EPs) register as early as possible for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.
The debut next week of the iPad3, or "the new iPad" as Apple officials are calling it, has the IT world at large abuzz. But is it a slam-dunk for healthcare? A few of its new functions have certainly caught the eyes of healthcare providers.
We want to help keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. CMS has recently added five new FAQs on meaningful use and attestation. Take a minute and review them below:
On January 1, 2012, all electronically submitted HIPAA covered health insurance claims were supposed to be submitted using the 5010 platform. Although CMS had previously announced it would not take any enforcement action against any plan or provider who was not 5010 ready until after March 1, 2012, the January 1 deadline for compliance remained in effect.
As the HIPAA compliance audit program draws near, healthcare organizations must take five steps to prepare, compliance specialist Bob Chaput urges.
We at GroupOne can appreciate what a daunting task it can be to compare all the various electronic medical records (EMR) systems currently available in the marketplace. An “apples to apples” comparison of features and usability can be difficult and costly if the EMR system selected does not meet the unique needs of your specific practice. Many of our customers ultimately choose GroupOne and eClinicalWorks because eClinicalworks is built in ONE unified application, ONE database.
January 17, 2012 National Provider Call with Question & Answer Session on 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program; 1:30 - 3:00pm ET.
Even with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently announced 90-day discretionary enforcement period (March 21 versus Jan. 1) for physicians to transition to HIPAA Version 5010 for claims transmission, physician practices must stay on task, making a "good faith effort" toward on-time compliance.
According to a report released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, almost every state is cutting costs related to Medicaid. Many states are implementing cost-cutting initiatives, such as restricting Medicaid benefits, implementing new and higher copayments for beneficiaries, and/or enacting provider rate restrictions. In fact, since July 1, 2010, 22 states have already slashed physician pay rates.