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Register Today for eCQMs 101 Webinar on September 18

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 16, 2014

National Health IT Week is September 15-19, 2014. CMS will mark the week by hosting several webinars and launching new resources on eHealth University that help providers participate in eHealth programs. For the latest news and updates on CMS’ Health IT activities, visit the CMS eHealth website.

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Topics: CMS

Register Today for CMS and ONC Webinar on September 16th

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 11, 2014

CMS invites you to join a joint webinar with ONC about recent regulatory updates, including the  CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility final rule, and the  ONC 2014 Edition Release 2 final rule. The presentation will be held on  September 16th from 2:30 – 3:30pm ET during National Health IT Week.
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Topics: CMS

Broadband Access: Exclusions and Hardship Exceptions May Apply

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 10, 2014

CMS offers exclusions and hardship exceptions for eligible professionals who face challenges in meeting meaningful use objectives that require that they and their patients have broadband access and Internet connectivity.

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Topics: CMS

New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 2, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on August 29, 2014, that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Review New FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 28, 2014

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added three new FAQs to the  CMS FAQ system . We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

Now Available: Reporting Guides to Help Providers Submit 2014 Clinical Quality Measures

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 18, 2014

2014 CQM Electronic Reporting Guides for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals

Are you an eligible professional or eligible hospital participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program? If so, CMS has posted two new materials to help you report clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2014, including: 

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Topics: CMS

Review Your 2014 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 28, 2014

If you are an individual eligible professional who has reported at least one PQRS quality measure this year via claims-based reporting, you can now view first quarter data (January 2014 – March 2014) regarding your submission(s) using the 2014 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard.
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Topics: CMS, PQRS

Now Available: Interactive Tool to Help Providers Understand 2014 CEHRT NPRM

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Possible Issue with EHR Hardship Exception Application Filings

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 6, 2014

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Topics: CMS

Review Latest Resources Posted to CMS eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2014

Are you eligible to participate in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS)CMS has added several new intermediate-level materials to eHealth University to help you successfully participate in PQRS and receive an incentive payment. These include:

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

EPs Must Submit Hardship Exception Applications by July 1, 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 28, 2014

Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate  meaningful use for 2013? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2015 reporting year.

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Topics: CMS

CMS and ONC Release NPRM Allowing CEHRT Flexibility and Extending Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 20, 2014

Today, CMS and ONC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Resources Explain How to Report Once for Multiple Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 14, 2014

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

CMS Cancels July ICD-10 Testing; Industry Reacts to New Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 6, 2014

On Friday, CMS announced that it has canceled ICD-10 testing scheduled for late July for a  small sample group of health care providers as a result of the ICD-10 compliance deadline delay, Health Data Management  reports (Slabodkin,  Health Data Management , 5/2).

Background

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Information: Hardship Exception

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 22, 2014

EPs: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

EPs Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 16, 2014

Important Medicare Deadline Approaching for Eligible Professionals

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

New Meaningful Use Calculator Helps Providers Attest to Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 8, 2014

Are you a provider participating in Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, use the new CMS Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator to determine if you will successfully meet Stage 2 requirements.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Holding April 2014 Claims Paid Under Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 31, 2014

Information Regarding the Holding of April 2014 Claims for Services Paid Under the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule stipulated a negative update to the MPFS that was to be effective January 1, 2014. That reduction was averted for three months with the passage of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which provided for a 0.5 percent update for services paid under the MPFS through March 31, 2014.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

New Online Resources to Help You Prepare for eHealth Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 6, 2014

Register for eHealth Webinar on March 11

CMS recently launched a new online resource—CMS eHealth University—to help providerunderstand, implement, and successfully participate in the CMS eHealth programs, including the EHR Incentive Programs, Physician Quality Reporting System, Administrative Simplification, and ICD-10. Whether you are just beginning participation in the eHealth programs, or further along in the process, CMS eHealth University will assist you in successfully participating in and meeting eHealth implementation requirements.

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Topics: CMS

CMS' Tavenner: ICD-10 Deadline Will Not Be Delayed

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 28, 2014

During a keynote address at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Florida, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed. However, she is offering relief to providers, payers, and HIT vendors struggling with Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requirements.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs