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CMS Considering Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 2, 2015

CMS Announces Intent to Engage in Rulemaking for EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015

In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs:

  1. Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software Electronic Health Record (EHR) 

  2. Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs

  3. Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden

These proposed changes reflect the Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to creating a health information technology infrastructure that:
  • Elevates patient-centered care
  • Improves health outcomes
  • Supports the providers who care for patients

While CMS intends to pursue these changes through rulemaking, they will not be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS intends to limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017 and beyond.

Read  Dr. Conway’s blog on this announcement. Visit the  EHR Incentive Programs web page for more information.
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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Eligible Professionals 2014 EHR Attestation Deadline on February 28

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 26, 2015

2014 EHR Reporting Deadline Approaching

If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year. If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to your state’s deadlines for attestation information.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Expands Telehealth Physician Reimbursement in 2015

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 3, 2014

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Topics: CMS, Telehealth

How to Report Once in 2014 for Medicare Quality Reporting Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 14, 2014

Providers participating in the 2014 PQRS program may be eligible to report their quality data one time only to earn credit for multiple Medicare quality reporting programs.

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Topics: CMS, PQRS

Now Available: 2012 eRx Supplemental Incentive Payments

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 12, 2014

CMS is pleased to announce that the 2012 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Supplemental Incentive Payments are now available for eligible professionals who submitted data for the reporting period of January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 and met criteria for satisfactory reporting. 2012 eRx Supplemental Incentives are provided to those eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices that submitted an eRx Informal Review (IR) request that was approved by CMS. The incentive is 1.0% of total estimated 2012 Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) allowed charges for covered professional services furnished during reporting period

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Topics: CMS

Register Now: National Provider Call on CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 27, 2014

Are you an eligible professional or eligible hospital that has not fully implemented 2014 Edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for an EHR reporting period in 2014? Join CMS this Thursday, October 30 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET for a National Provider Call providing guidance and instructions on how the provisions of the 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule can help you report for 2014.

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Topics: CMS

Last Chance to Earn Medicare Meaningful Use Incentives

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 24, 2014

2014 is the last year to begin participation in the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Program and earn incentives.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Hardship Exception Application for 2014 CEHRT Issues Due 11/30

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2014

Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment Due November 30, 2014 

CMS reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The deadline is 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.

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Topics: CMS

PQRS GPRO Registration Extended Until Friday, October 3

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 1, 2014

The PV-PQRS registration system, initially scheduled to close on September 30, 2014, allows group practices to register to participate in the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) in 2014 via Qualified PQRS Registry, EHR, or Web Interface (for groups with 25 or more eligible professionals (EPs) only). 
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Topics: CMS, PQRS

CMS: Medicare ACOs have saved $372M

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 19, 2014

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) have improved patient care and produced $372 million in savings for the program, according to performance results released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Topics: ACO, CMS

Register Today for eCQMs 101 Webinar on September 18

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 16, 2014

National Health IT Week is September 15-19, 2014. CMS will mark the week by hosting several webinars and launching new resources on eHealth University that help providers participate in eHealth programs. For the latest news and updates on CMS’ Health IT activities, visit the CMS eHealth website.

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Topics: CMS

Register Today for CMS and ONC Webinar on September 16th

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 11, 2014

CMS invites you to join a joint webinar with ONC about recent regulatory updates, including the  CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility final rule, and the  ONC 2014 Edition Release 2 final rule. The presentation will be held on  September 16th from 2:30 – 3:30pm ET during National Health IT Week.
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Topics: CMS

Broadband Access: Exclusions and Hardship Exceptions May Apply

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 10, 2014

CMS offers exclusions and hardship exceptions for eligible professionals who face challenges in meeting meaningful use objectives that require that they and their patients have broadband access and Internet connectivity.

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Topics: CMS

New CMS Rule Allows Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014

by Kaitlyn Houseman on September 2, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on August 29, 2014, that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

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Topics: EHR, CMS, Incentive Programs

Review New FAQs for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on August 28, 2014

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently added three new FAQs to the  CMS FAQ system . We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.
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Topics: EHR, CMS

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