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eClinicalWorks EHR Users Blog

      

eClinicalWorks EHR Users Blog

Tutorials, Tips, and Updates for eClinicalWorks EHR Users


Kaitlyn Houseman

Kaitlyn's interest in health and technology drove her to GroupOne where she works as the Marketing Specialist. She is constantly connecting healthcare professionals to expert advice on all things healthcare practice management by developing eBooks, writing blog posts, and conducting webinars.

Email: [email protected]

Author's Posts

eClinicalWorks Announces eClinicalWorks Community Analytics

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 21, 2012 12:58:00 PM

New Module Assists in Managing Population Health

LAS VEGAS, HIMSS CONFERENCE, BOOTH #531—February 21, 2012—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announces eClinicalWorks Community Analytics, a solution for data analytics. Designed for communities and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Community Analytics provides reporting, alerting and messaging capabilities necessary to manage population health.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, EHR, Practice Management, ACO, eClinicalWorks New Features

eClinicalWorks Announces eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Portal

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 21, 2012 12:53:00 PM

Cloud-based Portal Enables Care Coordination within Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-centered Medical Homes

LAS VEGAS, HIMSS CONFERENCE, BOOTH #531—February 21, 2012—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announces eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Portal for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient-centered Medical Homes (PCMH). Tied directly into the electronic medical records (EMR) system, this tool will enable care coordination and reporting functionalities essential to these healthcare models.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management, ACO, eClinicalWorks New Features

Physician Pay Rates - SGR Cut Delayed

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 17, 2012 2:21:00 PM

The House and Senate have both voted to approve legislation preventing the scheduled 27.4% SGR related cut from taking effect on March 1.  The legislation goes to the President who has indicated that he will sign the bill.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS

ICD-10 Postponement Appears Likely

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 17, 2012 11:12:00 AM

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius has announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain healthcare entities have to comply with ICD-10.

The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January 2009 and set a compliance date of October 1, 2013–a delay of two years from the compliance date initially specified in the 2008 proposed rule. HHS will announce a new compliance date moving forward.

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

Clinical Quality Measures - EHR Program

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 16, 2012 4:24:00 PM

CMS has Added a New Webpage on CQMs to the EHR Website

CMS has created a new page of the EHR website dedicated to the clinical quality measures (CQMs) and their role in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The page intends to help providers better understand the purpose of CQMs and how to report on the measures.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

ePrescribe Incentive (and Penalty) Program

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 14, 2012 12:49:00 PM

Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive (and penalty) Program – Updates for 2012

Background
The Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program, which began January 1, 2009 and is authorized under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, provides incentives for eligible professionals who are successful electronic prescribers. A Web page dedicated to providing all the latest news on the eRx Incentive Program is available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web site.

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Topics: CMS

Updated EHR Information Center

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 6, 2012 2:43:00 PM

CMS Has Updated the EHR Information Center with New Self-Service Options

Following months of review and collective input, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Center Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system has been enhanced to provide users with an increased number of options and services to make accessing and reviewing data easier than ever before.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

MGMA Protests 5010 Related Delays

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 2, 2012 3:28:00 PM

MGMA protests 5010 related payment delays, demands government action

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a letter complaining that physician practices are having trouble getting paid because of the transition to the HIPAA 5010 electronic transaction set, which went into effect on Jan. 1. MGMA demanded that CMS take action to prevent further disruptions to physicians' cash flow.

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Topics: ICD-10

Arizona Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation is Open

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 12, 2012 1:22:00 PM

Arizona Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Attestation for Eligible Professionals Opens TODAY!

Arizona Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation for Eligible Professionals (EPs) will open today, Thursday, January 12th. AHCCCS will accept EP attestations for the 2011 calendar year through February 29, 2012.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR incentive payments total $2.5 billion

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 11, 2012 8:49:00 AM

Total federal incentive payments for the use of electronic health record systems have soared to just over $2.5 billion, according to the CMS.   Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of eHealth Standards and Services at the CMS, joined with staffers Robert Anthony and Jessica Kahn in delivering the news to the ONC's Health IT Policy Committee this morning.

Tagalicod said the preliminary December numbers don't tell the full story for the first year of the dual CMS programs under Medicare and Medicaid, because so-called eligible professionals still have until February to attest that they have met meaningful-use criteria during calendar year 2011 as required under the Medicare portion of the program.

Anthony said $1.38 billion has been paid thus far under Medicare; according to Kahn, $1.15 billion has been paid under Medicaid.

Anthony also posted a chart showing a sharp rise in payments in recent months.

"I love it when I can put together growth charts that have this big of a slope on them," he said. "You love that greater-than-45-degree angle going right up the chart.”

Kahn said 43 states have launched Medicaid EHR incentive payment programs so far, with Colorado and Kansas as the newest additions. Moreover, she said, 33 states currently are making payments and some of the country's most populous states—Illinois, California, New York and New Jersey—are "ramping up" their programs and will be ready to make payments soon. Both the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"We have had a wonderful year," said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS and chairman of the Health IT Policy Committee. "Looking back on 2011, it was astounding on how much progress has been made. We hope that 2012 will be just as big if not bigger in terms of progress."

By Joseph Conn from modernhealthcare.com

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Topics: EHR, CMS

ASPS Partners with eClinicalWorks to Provide Latest EMR Technology

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 23, 2011 1:17:00 PM

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and eClinicalWorks announced today an agreement to establish a three-year joint initiative to provide a customized electronic medical record for ASPS Member Surgeons. The agreement, which brings together the world's largest specialty society of plastic surgeons with one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare IT, will leverage both organizations' respective strengths to develop and deliver the latest technological advances in electronic health records to plastic surgery practices nationwide.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, EHR

MGMA wants contingency plan on 5010

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 20, 2011 1:50:00 PM

A significant number of medical group practices as well as several state Medicaid programs are not ready for the federally mandated conversion to the ASC X12 Version 5010 electronic transaction standards, according to the Medical Group Management Association-American College of Medical Practice Executives. The group is calling on the CMS to push back the looming Jan. 1 compliance deadline on the upgrade by at least six months.

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Topics: CMS

Meaningful Use Timeline Changes

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 13, 2011 10:27:00 AM

Proposed Meaningful Use Timeline Changes Encourage Adoption of EHRs

The following comes directly from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  GroupOne is well positioned to help physicians meet Meaningful Use criteria which will entitle practices to up to $63,750 over the next few years.  Questions?  Register for a Free Demo or send us an email here.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

2011 EHR Incentive Payments Summary

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Dec 12, 2011 1:24:00 PM

CMS Has Issued Nearly $2B in EHR Incentive Pay During Past Year

During Wednesday's Health IT Policy Committee meeting, a CMS official delivered a presentation showing that Medicare and Medicaid each have distributed nearly $1 billion in incentive payments during the first year of the meaningful use program, Health Data Management reports.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks Tops Ambulatory Electronic Health Records Report

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 28, 2011 1:26:00 PM

eClinicalWorks Places in Leader Quadrant for Ambulatory Electronic Health Records Report

In a report released in November 2011 by IDC Health Insights, eClinicalWorks® earned high scores for its unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution that is used by ambulatory practices of all sizes, placing the company in the Leader Quadrant. This report, titled IDC MarketScape: U.S. Ambulatory EMR/EHR for Midsize and Large Practices 2011 Vendor Assessment, focused on electronic health and medical records for the ambulatory market, targeting the midsize and large practices.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management