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eClinicalWorks EHR Users Blog

      

eClinicalWorks EHR Users Blog

Tutorials, Tips, and Updates for eClinicalWorks EHR Users


PQRS Program Update - Extended Deadline to October 18th

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 11, 2013 4:27:00 PM

Providers across the United States are participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. PQRS is a reporting program that uses incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information. Incentive payments for PQRS continue through the 2014 program year, and payment adjustments begin in 2015, and are based on 2013 reporting.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, EHR, Practice Management, CMS, PQRS, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks Family Practice Customer Wins 2013 HIMSS Davies Award

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Sep 17, 2013 12:46:00 PM

We are proud to announce that our partner, eClinicalWorks has announced that White River Family Practice of Vermont is the 9th eClinicalWorks’ customer in six years to receive a HIMSS Davies Award for achieving exemplary implementation and utilization of EHRs. Here is the full press release.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management

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

eClinicalWorks PM System Selected By Large Hospital Network

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jul 24, 2013 9:53:00 PM

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Topics: Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management, Hospital Networks

Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO Selects eClinicalWorks CCMR

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 9, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Medicare Accountable Care Organization Selects eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Records Solution to Assist with Clinical and Financial Goals

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, EHR, Practice Management, ACO, Care Coordination Medical Record

October 2014 Deadline Remains Intact for ICD-10 Implementation

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on May 8, 2013 10:22:00 AM

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, Practice Management, ICD-10, Coding

Main Line Health Implements eClinicalWorks EHR Across 42 Practices

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Apr 28, 2013 1:59:00 PM

Philadelphia-area Health System Adding to the 42 Practices Currently Live; More than 100 Providers Successfully Attest for Meaningful Use

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Patient Portal, Practice Management, EHR Training

Online EHR Data Access Benefits Patients

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Apr 4, 2013 3:46:00 PM

Patients "overwhelmingly" experience positive benefits when they have online access to their electronic health records, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, FierceEMR reports (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 4/1).

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Topics: Patient Portal, Medical Business, EHR, Practice Management

What the Sequestration Means to Medicare Payments for Providers

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Mar 11, 2013 3:15:00 PM

Medicare Claims processing, Sequestration and 2% Cut

As you know, on March 1st, President Obama issued a sequestration order as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Although for most federal programs the effects of sequestration began immediately, for Medicare Part A and Part B, the sequestration related cuts do not take effect until April 1st.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs

eClinicalWorks Customer Unity Health Care Receives HIMSS Davies Award

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Mar 4, 2013 12:56:00 PM

DC Health Center Achieves 106% Return on Investment for Implementing Electronic Health Records

NEW ORLEANS, Mar 04, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- eClinicalWorks, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that eClinicalWorks' customer Unity Health Care of Washington, D.C., has received a 2012 HIMSS Community Health Organization Davies Award, which honors excellence in implementing electronic health records (EHRs). The award will be presented at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, La. on March 3-7, 2013.

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Topics: eClinicalWorks, Practice Management, eClinicalWorks New Features

Holyoke Medical Center Expands eClinicalWorks Relationship

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 29, 2013 10:43:00 AM

Medical Center Chooses eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record Solution to Advance Accountable Care Organization Goals

WESTBOROUGH, Mass.—January 29, 2013—eClinicalWorks®, a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announces that Massachusetts’s Holyoke Medical Center is expanding its relationship with the company to include eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record™ (CCMR) for advancing its Accountable Care Organization (ACO)-related objectives, coordinating care across the continuum as well as evaluating population health and quality improvement activities. Holyoke Medical Center currently utilizes eClinicalWorks comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) solution, including its peer-to-peer network for sending discharge summaries to a patient’s primary care physician.

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

EMR Meaningful Use Medicare and Medicaid Payments Top $10.3B

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Jan 23, 2013 1:32:00 PM

Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December since the program's inception. December's payments of $1.25 billion were driven by the largest amount of hospital payments for an individual month, according to Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS' Office of eHealth Standards and Services.

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Topics: Practice Management, CMS, 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

Medicaid Primary Care Benefits Increase

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Nov 2, 2012 2:18:00 PM

The CMS issued a final rule late Thursday temporarily increasing primary care physician payments from Medicaid.

The rule (PDF), which implements a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, details the extent and target of the increase, which takes effect in January and lasts through 2014.

The provision is designed to match Medicare rates, but the rule specifically covers only the difference between the Medicare rate and states' Medicaid rates as of July 1, 2009. The additional federal funding may not be enough to increase the rate to Medicare levels because some states have enacted Medicare provider rate cuts since mid-2009.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Medical Practice Takes a $1.5M Hit From Meaningful Use Violations

Kaitlyn Houseman

by Kaitlyn Houseman on Oct 28, 2012 12:02:00 PM

The Office for Civil Rights appears to be sending a stern and serious message to practices nationwide as the first stage of Meaningful Use wraps up. Less than four months after the Alaska DHHS’s $1.7 million settlement we reported on in August, another practice has been slammed with a $1.5 million fine for a potential breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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Topics: EHR, Practice Management, CMS, Incentive Programs