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Register Now: PQRI National Provider Information Call

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 3, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a national provider call on the Physician Quality Reporting System & Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, PQRS, Incentive Programs

New Resources for Physicians Considering Hospital Employment

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 2, 2011

As part of its commitment to keeping physicians up-to-date on evolving issues in medicine, the American Medical Association (AMA) today released a new chapter in its physician resource manual, “ACOs, CO-OPs and other Options: A "How-To" Manual for Physicians Navigating a Post-Health Reform World.” The new chapter provides an overview of the process and issues to be considered when negotiating a physician-hospital employment agreement.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Differences Between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 1, 2011

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

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

Free Live Webinar - eClinicalWorks EMR & the Cure for MU

by Keith Lage on July 26, 2011

Registration is now open for the the September and October 2011 live webinar slots.  Reserve your spot today.

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

Helpful EHR Meaningful Use Attestation Tools and Resources

by Keith Lage on July 22, 2011

Take a Look at CMS' Attestation Resources

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Topics: EHR, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

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

EHR Certification Can Be A Challenge

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 10, 2011

For the last 12 months, one of the biggest tech challenges for practices has been achieving meaningful use through of a certified EHR. Note the word “certified.” Getting an EHR to achieve certification is not always an easy feat for practices that had EHRs pre-meaningful use, judging by the results of our 2011 Physicians Practice Technology Survey.

Of the 642 physician practices — both hospital-owned and independent — who answered a question about whether their existing EHR Is certified under CMS’ rules governing eligibility for stimulus, just 60 percent answered a definitive “yes,” while 11 percent said “not yet” and 23 percent said “not sure.”

It should be noted that independent practices were more certain of their EHR’s certification status (only 15 percent of independent practices answered “not sure” versus 38 percent of practices that are part of a hospital or integrated delivery network).

Often the vendor is to blame for those practices whose EHR certification status is in limbo. A handful of smaller EHR vendors were bought out by bigger corporations, so patches and upgrades weren’t available for those legacy systems. In other cases, the vendor is slow to roll out updates.

Then there’s the issue of finances — the money a practice must fork over to upgrade its EHR to make it eligible for federal stimulus dollars. According to our survey, 13 percent of practices paid more than $10,000 on their EHRs or other technology to do this.

Either way, if your practice purchased an EHR more than a year ago, don’t wait until the end of 2011 to see if your system is up to snuff (meaningful-use ready). Doing that could cause your practice to miss key deadlines and lose out on some of the incentive dollars.

Recently, healthcare consultant Susanne Madden, president of The Verden Group, told us the most important thing you can do if you have a pre-meaningful use EHR is to assess whether your system is appropriate for your practice's long-term goals.

“Practices need to talk to their EHR vendors," said Madden. "What are they doing? When are they doing it? How's this going to roll out? What are the costs going to look like? And really be able to make a good, solid assessment on what the costs are going to be for the practice. Then compare it to some of the options out there in the marketplace."

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Meaningful Use Changes: #1 Patient Interaction

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 9, 2011

Patients Will Be More Involved in Their Care

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Topics: Patient Portal, Incentive Programs

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

Five Meaningful Use Helpful Hints

by Kaitlyn Houseman on April 14, 2011

Below is information on Meaningful Use that might be of interest to you and your practice:

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Topics: 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 [email protected]  Learn more about these Meaningful Use Stimulus programs by registering for a free eClinicalWorks Demonstration.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs