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eClinicalWorks EHR Users Blog

Tutorials, Tips, and Updates for eClinicalWorks EHR Users


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

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

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

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

CMS Delays 5010 Enforcement until March 2012

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 17, 2011 12:14:00 PM

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services Announces 90-Day Period of Enforcement Discretion for Compliance with New HIPAA Transaction Standards

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) announced that it would not initiate enforcement action until March 31, 2012, with respect to any HIPAA covered entity that is not in compliance with the ASC X12 Version 5010 (Version 5010), NCPDP Telecom D.0 (NCPDP D.0) and NCPDP Medicaid Subrogation 3.0 (NCPDP 3.0) standards. Notwithstanding OESS’ discretionary application of its enforcement authority, the compliance date for use of these new standards remains January 1, 2012 (small health plans have until January 1, 2013 to comply with NCPDP 3.0).

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

Changes to 2012 Physician Fee Schedule

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 15, 2011 10:47:00 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rates final rule.  The payment rate adjustment is effective for services delivered on or after January 1, 2012.  As you will note, the announced rate reflects a 27.4 percent SGR downward adjustment.  This downward adjustment is slightly less than the 29.5 percent reduction previously projected by CMS.  Unless Congress intervenes to prevent this cut from taking place, physicians will experience a dramatic reduction in their Medicare fee schedule payments.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, CMS

Six States Launch Medicaid EHR Payment Programs

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 14, 2011 2:15:00 PM

Six more states have launched programs to register providers for Medicaid electronic health-record incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, bringing the total number of active states to 39, and the total number of states making payments under the program to 23, the CMS announced.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Medicaid claims audits to begin in January

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Sep 27, 2011 2:07:00 PM

CMS adjusted the RAC program in several ways supported by doctors, including requiring auditors to employ them as medical directors.

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Topics: EHR, CMS

CMS Finalizes Changes to 2011 eRx Incentive Program

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Sep 5, 2011 9:31:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced Changes to the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program for Calendar Year 2011.  The three main changes for the 2011 ePrescribe (eRx) Incentive Program include:

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Topics: CMS

CMS Experts to Discuss EHR Incentive Programs

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Jul 12, 2011 3:52:00 PM

Hear the Experts Talk about the EHR Incentive Programs

Register Now: National Provider Call on Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Basics for Eligible Professionals (EPs)

Date: Thursday, July 14
Time : 1:30-3:00pm  ET

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, GroupOne, CMS

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

CMS National Provider Call: Understanding Meaningful Use

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 13, 2011 3:03:00 PM

Wish you knew more about how to use electronic health records (EHRs) to earn incentive payments from CMS? CMS will hold a national provider education call to help you learn more about meaningful use on Thursday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, CMS