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CMS Considering Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 2, 2015

CMS Announces Intent to Engage in Rulemaking for EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015

In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs:

  1. Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software Electronic Health Record (EHR) 

  2. Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs

  3. Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden

These proposed changes reflect the Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to creating a health information technology infrastructure that:
  • Elevates patient-centered care
  • Improves health outcomes
  • Supports the providers who care for patients

While CMS intends to pursue these changes through rulemaking, they will not be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS intends to limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017 and beyond.

Read  Dr. Conway’s blog on this announcement. Visit the  EHR Incentive Programs web page for more information.
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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Eligible Professionals 2014 EHR Attestation Deadline on February 28

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 26, 2015

2014 EHR Reporting Deadline Approaching

If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year. If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Last Chance to Earn Medicare Meaningful Use Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2014

2014 is the last year to begin participation in the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Program and earn incentives.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

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

100 Hours of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation: A Success Story

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 15, 2014

Stasia Kahn, a physician in the Chicago suburbs, spent 100 hours attesting to meaningful use stage 2 requirements. Many were easy. Some were hard. She feels it was worth the work she invested in it.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

Learn about Changes in the Meaningful Use Vital Signs Core Objective

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 8, 2014

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Topics: Incentive Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

eClinicalWorks Maintains Top Spot Across the Board

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 22, 2014

As the EHR industry continues to expand rapidly, eClinicalWorks maintains a top spot across a number of studies.  View the slideshare below to learn more about how eClinicalWorks ranks among the competition today.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

New Proposed EHR Incentive Program Timeline and How it Affects You

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 20, 2013

How will the proposed new timeline affect you?

CMS and ONC announced the intent to change the Stage 3 timeline and extend Stage 2 of meaningful use through 2016. 

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Topics: Incentive Programs

[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