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CMS Launches New eHealth University

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 27, 2014

New eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs

This week at HIMSS14, CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the eHealth programs in one location.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Now Available: "Road to 10" Resource to Help with ICD-10 Transition

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 26, 2014

The transition to ICD-10 is going to change how you do business from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades.  However CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

Use New PQRS Interactive Timeline to Prepare for Upcoming Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 24, 2014

If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS

New CMS and ONC Tool to Help Meet Transitions of Care Measure

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 21, 2014

Are you a provider who is demonstrating Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, a new CMS and ONC tool called the Randomizer will let you exchange data with a Test EHR in order to meet measure #3 of the Stage 2 transitions of care requirement.  Measure #3 requires at least one summary of care document sent electronically to a recipient with a different EHR vendor or to a CMS test EHR. Click here to learn more about the Randomizer application

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Less Than 10% of Physician Practices Ready for ICD-10

by Toshya Griffin, CPC on February 10, 2014

Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.

“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”

MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

Medicare Eligible Professionals Must Attest by March 31 at 11:59pm ET to Receive 2013 Incentive

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 7, 2014

Due to the large volume of providers attesting, please submit your data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

New EHR Data Brief Takes a Closer Look at EHR Participation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 31, 2014

This week, we released a new data brief outlining how providers are progressing with participation in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Today, let's take a closer look at the EHR Data Brief, and some of the exciting progress we saw as we begin our fourth year of the programs.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Next eHealth Provider Webinar: Overview of ACOs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 23, 2014

Are you interested in learning more about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)? Join CMS for the next eHealth provider webinar on Tuesday, January 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET to receive more information about ACOs and how they are improving health care quality and delivery.

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Topics: ACO, CMS

The End of SGR Cuts As We Know It

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 14, 2014

Ending the sustainable growth rate cuts this year would be one resolution for Congress in 2014 that could dramatically change physician payment as we know it.  Recently, the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees reported out nearly identical bills to repeal the Medicare SGR formula.  With the end goal being to move Medicare at a faster pace to paying physicians based on quality improvement activities.   This is by far the closest Congress has ever gotten to reaching a bipartisan, bicameral accord on permanently repealing the SGR. 
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, PQRS

24% Cut in Medicare Payments Averted For 3 Months

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 27, 2013

CMS has released the following statement now that President Obama has signed into law the legislation necessary to prevent the SGR related cut from taking place on January 1, 2014.  According to this announcement, additional revisions may be made in the conversion factor.  It is not clear when those revisions will be announced but once they are we will be posting the updates to our website. 

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

[Infographic] Important Healthcare Deadlines to Remember

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 19, 2013

Healthcare Deadlines Over the Next Few Years

Still trying to figure out the who, what, when and where of the upcoming healthcare deadlines? It can be hard to stay up-to-date with all of the changes with policies and payments. Check out the following timeline to plan for the changes over the next couple of years.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

7 Reasons to Purchase an EMR in 2013

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 12, 2013

  1. Expiring Favorable Tax Law – Tax Savings
  2. Patients Prefer Patient Portals and EHRs
  3. Free iPad 3 promotion through 12/31/2013
  4. Deferred financing on license fees by 12/31/2013
  5. 2014 is Final Year to Qualify for Medicare EHR Incentives
  6. No down payment required with GroupOne
  7. Become a Modern and Paper Free Practice in 2014 – New Year’s Resolution

1. Expiring Favorable Tax Laws – Tax Savings

There are several tax law changes pending for 2014 that will significantly revise favorable business tax provisions for medical practices.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

CMS Tip Sheet: Conducting a Security Risk Analysis for Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 11, 2013

Have you reviewed your practice processes to make sure that your patients’ personal health information is protected and secure?

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use Extensions Announced

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 7, 2013

If you read it carefully, a joint CMS and ONC post divulges their intentions to elongate meaningful use stages 2 and 3 via a proposed new schedule.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule Impact

by Keith Lage on December 4, 2013

Last Wednesday, while most of us were stuffing the turkey and preparing for a long weekend, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized payment rates and policies for 2014 in the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule.  Care management outside of the routine office visit and policies to promote high quality care and efficiency in Medicare were a major focus in the proposal.  The final rule sets payment rates for physicians and non-physician practitioners paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 and addresses the policies included in the proposed rule issued in July. CMS projects that total payments under the fee schedule in 2014 will be approximately $87 billion.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

Join the Next CMS eHealth Webinar on Program Milestones

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 3, 2013

Join Next Provider Webinar on 2014 CMS eHealth Program Milestones for Eligible Professionals

Eligible Professionals (EPs) are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on milestones for 2014 eHealth programs, which will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will help you prepare for major eHealth deadlines, transition milestones and benchmarks in 2014. CMS experts will present on eHealth programs including the EHR Incentive ProgramsICD-10, and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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Topics: EHR, CMS, ICD-10, PQRS, Incentive Programs

New EHR Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 25, 2013

If you are an eligible professional preparing for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs, check out our new CMS tipsheet on Stage 2 health information exchange requirements.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Phase 2 Denial Edits Will Begin January 6, 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 14, 2013

Several years ago, CMS mandated that payment for referral services would only be paid if the referring provider were properly enrolled in Medicare.  Due to industry pressure, the effective date for this policy was continually delayed to allow providers sufficient time to meet the enrollment criteria.  According to the following announcement, CMS intends to instruct their Contractors to turn on the ordering and referring edits on January 6, 2014.  

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Coding, Denial Management

4 Major Risks with ICD-10

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 13, 2013

According to CMS, 1 in 5 physician practices will see their Medicare denials double for up to 6 months after October 1, 2014, the deadline for ICD-10. Your practice does not have to be one of them. Get started early with planning for ICD-10.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding

EHR Incentive Programs: Important Payment Adjustment Information

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 1, 2013

Medicare EPs participating in the EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. 

CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year. EPs must demonstrate meaningful use prior to 2015 to avoid payment adjustments. Determine how your EHR Incentive Program participation start year will affect the 2015 payment adjustments:

If you began in 2011 or 2012
If you first demonstrated meaningful use in 2011 or 2012, you must demonstrate meaningful use for a full year in 2013 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015. 

If you began in 2013
If you first demonstrate meaningful use in 2013, you must demonstrate meaningful use for a 90-day reporting period in 2013 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015. 

If you plan to begin in 2014
If you first demonstrate meaningful use in 2014, you must demonstrate meaningful use for a 90-day reporting period in 2014 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015. This reporting period must occur in the first 9 months of calendar year 2014, and EPs must attest to meaningful use no later than October 1, 2014, to avoid the payment adjustment. 

Avoiding Payment Adjustments in the Future
You must continue to demonstrate meaningful use every year to avoid payment adjustments in subsequent years.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs