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CMS: Almost $4.5 billion in EHR payments

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Apr 25, 2012 2:16:00 PM

Nearly $4.5 billion in federal incentives to implement electronic health record systems has been paid out thus far, with program enrollments and payments still increasing in the first quarter of 2012, according to an analysis of the CMS' latest data (PDF).

There are now more than a quarter of a million (225,765) actively enrolled participants in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to the CMS. Hospitals can receive payments under both the Medicare and the Medicaid programs, and most do, but physicians and other professionals can participate only in one program or the other.

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Topics: Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks’ Users Recieve Best Level Of Patient-Centered Medical Homes Recognition

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Apr 18, 2012 7:36:00 PM

Comprehensive Electronic Health Records Solution Aids Practices in Becoming Nationally Distinguished for Care Model Based on 2011 Specifications

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—April 16, 2012—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that several customers have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for achieving Level 3 Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) status, the highest designation available. PCMHs coordinate care in a primary care setting with the goal of strengthening the physician-patient relationship, leading to better care delivered, more involved patients and reduced avoidable costs over time.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Incentive Programs

Sebelius says $3.1B paid out for EHR incentives

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Feb 21, 2012 1:04:00 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that 2,000 hospitals and 41,000 physicians have received $3.1 billion in incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs).

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

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

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

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

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

Over $1 billion in Meaningful Use Payments by End of 2011

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 20, 2011 12:57:00 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September paid out $25 million to 1400 eligible providers and $61 million to 30 dually eligible hospitals under the meaningful use EHR incentive program, according to Robert Anthony from the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

Over 100,000 Health Providers Sign Up for Meaningful Use

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 6, 2011 2:42:00 PM

At the end of September, more than 100,000 hospitals and physicians had registered for the meaningful use incentive program, according to CMS, Government Health ITreports.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Incentive Programs

Four more States Registering for Medicaid EHR Payments

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Sep 19, 2011 8:55:00 AM

FL, IL, GA, and OR Now Accept Registrations

Four more states recently opened registration for their Medicaid electronic health record incentive payment programs, bringing the total of states with functioning programs to 27, the CMS has announced.

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Topics: EHR, Incentive Programs

First Physicians in the Nation Receives Meaningful Use check

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on May 20, 2011 3:22:00 PM

May 19, 2011 | Healthcare IT News Staff

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Incentive Programs

Third time's the charm: Committee accepts Meaningful Use criteria

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Aug 17, 2009 11:44:00 AM

By Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

EHR Procrastinators could face series of tighter standards

Jessica Graham

by Jessica Graham on Jun 17, 2009 11:38:00 AM

There may soon be one more incentive for hospitals and physician offices to buy and install electronic health-record systems on or before 2011. The added push could come from the prospect of increasingly higher thresholds of initial federal eligibility requirements for EHR subsidies under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, according to discussions at Tuesday's meeting of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee.
A work group of that committee delivered its first draft of recommended definitions of " meaningful use" of EHRs, a standard that providers must meet to qualify for subsidy payments estimated at $34 billion to be handed out by Medicare and Medicaid. The work group recommended instituting a series of increasingly complex meaningful-use requirements between 2011, the first "payment year" of the subsidy program, and 2015, the final year payments will be made before financial penalties for not adopting begin.
During those discussions, Anthony Trenkle, director of the CMS' office of e-Health Standards and Services, said the requirements will not be "tiered" based on when the provider adopts an EHR after 2011. Instead, whatever meaningful use standards are applicable for the year the provider applies for an EHR subsidy are the standards that provider must meet, regardless of whether it is the provider's first year of EHR implementation.
A 10-day public comment period is now open on the work group's initial recommendations. Trenkle said the CMS hopes to have a final definition of "meaningful use" to put out for a 60-day comment period later this year, with final rulemaking not expected until early next year.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, GroupOne, EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs