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National EHR Provider Call: Understanding Meaningful Use

by Keith Lage on July 28, 2011

Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs: Understanding Meaningful Use
Thursday, August 18, 2011
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Americas) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

ICD-10 National Provider Call

by Keith Lage on July 26, 2011

Registration Now Open for the ICD-10

 Implementation Strategies for Physicians

National Provider Call

Is your office preparing for a smooth transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2013? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a National Provider Call on "ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Physicians." CMS subject matter experts will discuss ways that physician offices can prepare for the change to ICD-10 for medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10, EHR Training

Video: Meaningful Use Attestation Tutorial

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2011

CMS Registration & Attestation Tutorial - 11 min guide on how to register and attest for EHR incentive payments

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Topics: EHR, CMS

The Effects of the ICD-10 Transition on Provider Practices

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 27, 2011

Posted by Dana Deardorff 

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

CMS: More Exemptions Needed for Docs to Avoid e-prescribing Penalties

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 13, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed giving physicians additional "hardship" exemptions that will prevent them from being penalized by Medicare for not prescribing electronically this year. The only catch is that the proposed rule won't be finalized until sometime after July 25, when the comment period ends. With a deadline for obtaining an exemption set for Oct. 1, doctors will have roughly two months to apply for an exemption.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

HIPAA HAPPENS

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 2, 2011

HIPAA HAPPENS is a film produced by the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas to highlight the pitfalls many health care professionals make in violating HIPAA laws. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. For more information about HIPAA please visit http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/

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Topics: EHR, CMS

Series: 5 Ways Meaningful Use Will Change Your Practice

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 3, 2011

Complying with Meaningful Use regulations can earn additional revenue for your practice through the Medicaid or Medicare Stimulus programs -- but it also can change the way your office operates and the way you interact with patients.  Over the next  few weeks, GroupOne will look at 5 important ways that the Meaningful Use criteria will alter the future of your practice.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Differences between the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 6, 2011

Stimulus payments have begun but do you understand the differences between the Medicare and Medicaid Stimulus programs?  Consult the following chart to make sure you sign up for the correct stimulus program. 

Medicare

Medicaid

Federal Government will implement

(will be an option nationally)

Voluntary for States to implement (may not be an option in every State)

Payment reductions begin in 2015 for providers that do not demonstrate Meaningful Use

No Medicaid payment reductions

Must demonstrate MU in Year 1

A/I/U option for 1st participation year

Maximum incentive is $44,000 for EPs

(10% bonus for EPs in HPSAs)

Maximum incentive is $63,750 for EPs

Meaningful Use definition is common for Medicare

States can adopt certain additional requirements for Meaningful Use

Last year a provider may initiate program is 2014; Last year to register is 2016; Payment adjustments begin in 2015

Last year a provider may initiate program is 2016; Last year to register is 2016

Only physicians, subsection (d) hospitals and CAHs

5 types of EPs, acute care hospitals (including CAHs) and children’s hospitals

Please note: AIU = Adopt, Implement and Upgrade

CAH = Critical Access Hospital

HPSA = Health Professional Shortage Area

For any questions regarding the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Stimulus Programs do not hesitate to visit the GroupOne Stimulus section of the website or send an email to services@g1hs.com.  Learn more about these Meaningful Use Stimulus programs by registering for a free eClinicalWorks Demonstration.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs