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eClinicalWorks V10 Receives 2014 ONC HIT Certification

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Aug 7, 2013 9:33:00 AM

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug 05, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- eClinicalWorks announced today that the eClinicalWorks V10 system is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as a Complete EHR on July 24, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT(R)), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, eClinicalWorks New Features, Incentive Programs

Fiscal Cliff Impact on Physicians

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 2, 2013 8:49:00 AM

The House of Representatives late Tuesday approved the Senate's last-minute fiscal cliff package (PDF) that staves off a sharp Medicare physician pay cut by cutting billions from other Medicare providers, including hospitals, pharmacies and dialysis clinics.

Early on New Year's Day, the Senate voted 89-8 to approve the American Taxpayer Relief Act, an amended version of a tax bill that House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) introduced last summer. House members on Tuesday considered the Senate-passed legislation in meetings during the day and floor debate in the evening. In a vote of 257 to 167, the House passed the measure, which permanently extends middle-class tax cuts and postpones the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester for two months. The legislation also averts the expected 26.5% Medicare physician payment cut and extends current Medicare payment rates for doctors through Dec.31, 2013.

Now that both chambers have approved the package, Congress will send the legislation to President Barack Obama for his signature. Moments after the House vote, the president said in a brief news conference that Tuesday's agreement helps reduce the nation's deficit by raising $620 billion in revenue from the wealthiest households in America. He also noted there will be more deficit reduction as Congress considers how to address the sequester, and he indicated he's open to reforms in the Medicare program.

“As I've demonstrated throughout the past several weeks, I am very open to compromise. I agree with Democrats and Republicans that the aging population and the rising cost of healthcare makes Medicare the biggest contributor to our deficit," the president said. "I believe we've got to find ways to reform that program without hurting seniors who count on it to survive. And I believe that there is further unnecessary spending in government that we can eliminate. But we can't simply cut our way to prosperity."

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS, Affordable Care Act, Incentive Programs

Physician Signature and Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 16, 2011 3:17:00 PM

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) instructed its contractors on how to proceed regarding two policies - (1) the physician signature requirement for requisitions for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests that was finalized in the CY 2011 Physician Fee Schedule final rule, and (2) the face-to-face encounter requirements for home health and hospice that were mandated by Congress in the Affordable Care Act.  Both of these policies were effective January 1, 2011.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, CMS, Affordable Care Act