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Join the Next eHealth Provider Webinar on Stage 2

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 31, 2013

If you are an eligible professional preparing for Stage 2, you are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on Stage 2 health information exchange requirements, which will be held on Tuesday, November 5th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled, “Exchange Criteria in Stage 2,” and will focus on three measures in Stage 2 that require the exchange of health information. CMS experts will be presenting on the following topics:

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Stage 1 Meaningful Use Calculator

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 25, 2013

Stage 1 Meaningful Use Calculator Includes Updated Measure Requirements

The Stage 1 Meaningful Use Attestation Calculator can help you prepare to enter your meaningful use information into the CMS attestation system. Enter your meaningful use data into the calculator to learn if you have met all of the objectives and the associated measures prior to completing attestation for Stage 1 of the EHR Incentive Programs.

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Topics: CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

3 Months of Meaningful Use in 2014 For Medicare Providers

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 10, 2013

CMS Permitting a One-Time 3-Month Reporting Period in 2014 

In order to allow for adequate time for providers to upgrade to 2014 Certified EHR technology, CMS is permitting this one-time three-month reporting period in 2014 for eligible hospitals and eligible providers.  Eligible Hopsitals have until July 1, 2014 and Eligible Providers have until October 1, 2014 to begin their three month reporting period with 2014 Edition software. Therefore, some providers will be able to achieve Meaningful Use in the first quarter, rather than the last, and receive incentives earlier.

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

Insurance Exchanges & Your Practice Part 1: What to Expect

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 9, 2013

Health Insurance Exchange Impact on Medical PracticesBy now you have probably read a number of articles and blog posts regarding the exchanges created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In case you have been hiding under a rock the past couple of days, the federal government opened the exchanges on October 1st to Americans which will offer them four tier levels of health insurance plans.  The lower monthly premiums will come with substantially higher deductibles however the exchanges will ultimately provide Americans with healthcare plans at a low cost.  On top of the low costs, some Americans will be eligible for tax credits and subsidies.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act

Effect of Government Shutdown on Medicare

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 1, 2013

The federal Fiscal Year runs from October 1 through September 30th.  This means that Fiscal Year 2014 begins today on Tuesday, October 1.  In order for the government to operate, the Congress must pass and the President must sign appropriations bills that release the money necessary to fund the operation of the federal government. 

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

There's an ICD-10 Code For That?

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 29, 2013

Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? - There's an ICD-10 Code For That!

Struck by a Turtle? Walked Into a Lamppost? Hurt While Crocheting? Burn Due to Water Skis on Fire? – There’s a Code for that.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, ICD-10, Coding, Denial Management

New CMS Eligibility Fact Sheet Available

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 24, 2013

New Eligibility Fact Sheet Helps Health Care Professionals Determine eHealthProgram Participation

CMS released a new resource that will help you as a health care professional determine your eligibility for eHealth programs. The tool outlines eligibility for eHealth programs based on your area of practice.

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Topics: CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs

Now Available: New EHR Interactive Timeline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 17, 2013

Plan Ahead: Review Upcoming eHealth Milestones Using New eHealth Interactive Timeline

CMS posted a new interactive timeline that highlights key 2013 and 2014 milestones for its eHealth programs. The timeline helps you identify key program dates and corresponding required actions, as well as resources to help you complete each milestone.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs

CMS eHealth Provider Webinar on Clinical Quality Measures

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 17, 2013

Join the Next eHealth Provider Webinar on Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) and Reporting Beginning in 2014 for Eligible Professionals

Eligible professionals are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar on clinical quality measures (CQMs), which will be held on Tuesday, September 24th from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled “CQMs for 2014” and will focus on reporting CQMs beginning in 2014. CMS experts will be presenting on the following topics:

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Electronic Prescribing Requirements for Meaningful Use Stage 1

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 5, 2013

Spotlight on the Electronic Prescribing Measure for Stage 1 Meaningful Use

Eligible professionals have sent more than 190 million electronic prescriptions for Stage 1 of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs since the programs began in 2011. Learn more about the requirements for the Electronic Prescribing (eRx) core measure, and join these providers who are advancing our health care system through the meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

2013 PQRS Program: What Providers Need to Know

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 3, 2013

Providers are encouraged to join the next CMS eHealth webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, September 11th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. The webinar is titled, “2013 PQRS Program: What Providers Need to Know about Upcoming PQRS Deadlines.” CMS experts will focus on upcoming deadlines for the 2013 PQRS and Value Based Payment Modifier programs, with topics including the following:

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

The Real World Impact of Meaningful Use

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 25, 2013

A CMS press release from a few weeks ago provided an update on the EHR Incentive Programs. Specifically, the release discussed the real impact of Meaningful Use requirements on the nation’s health care system.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

Improve the Health of Your Medical Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 15, 2013

You Are Not Alone

1 in 5 Physicians Are Worried  But One Visit Can IncreaseYour Practice's Financial Health
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS

EHR Incentive Program Milestones | Key Deadlines Coming in 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 13, 2013

2014 will be a big year for CMS eHealth programs— there are key deadlines for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs; an expansion of eReporting will be coming up; the implementation of quality reporting program alignment begins; and the ICD-10 transition takes place on October 1st. Each of these milestones supports the overall goals of the eHealth initiative—helping health care providers deliver better patient care by simplifying the use of electronic standards and encouraging the adoption of health information technology.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, Affordable Care Act

Annual Wellness Visit Increases Profitability

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 6, 2013

300% More Revenue Than an Office Visit?

New Technology Greatly Simplifies Medicare Program Requirements

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS

Learn How the New ACA Benefit Leads to Boost in Practice Revenue

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 1, 2013

The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit Simplified - Free Webinar

Find Out How the Underutilized Program Can Increase Medical Practive Revenue Significantly 

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Medicare ePrescribe (eRx) Deadline Approaching This Month

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 5, 2013

A significant deadline for the Medicare eRx Incentive Program is fast approaching.   This June 30, 2013 deadline affects any provider who submits Medicare Part B Fee for Service (FFS) claims.  Act now to ensure that you avoid the 2.0% payment adjustment (penalty) that would be imposed in 2014. 

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, PQRS

Meaningful Use: Pre-Payment Audits in 2013

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 12, 2013

It’s not just about demonstrating Meaningful Use in 2013.  CMS will now be performing pre-payment audits in addition to the post-payment Meaningful Use audits.  Before mailing out some bonus checks, CMS says the audits (which will affect 5-10% of incentive applications) will be random and start with attestations submitted during and after January 2013.

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

Medicare PECOS Edits Begin May 1, 2013 - Claim Denials Possible

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 6, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will turn on the Phase 2 denial edits. This means that Medicare will deny claims for services or supplies that require an ordering/referring provider to be identified and that provider is not identified, is not in Medicare's enrollment records, or is not of a specialty type that may order/refer the service/item being billed. 
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Topics: EHR, CMS, Affordable Care Act

CMS U-turn on Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 4, 2013

Medicare Advantage Payments to be Increased Instead of Cut

Medicare Advantage customers need not fear the painful benefit cuts in 2014 as anticipated by Health Insurers. CMS backtracked on plans to cut Medicare Advantage payments to insurers by 2.2% in 2014 and instead decided on a 3.3% increase. 

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, CMS