The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced the proposed requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and 2014 certification of electronic health records.
Following a 60-day comment period after the proposals are published to the federal register, the final rule is scheduled for release this summer.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) has updated its EHR Incentive Programs website with a new Clinical Quality Measures page.
The page contains information about the core and optional clinical quality measures and how to report on them. Clinical Quality Measures, also known as CQMs, are a mechanism for assessing observations, treatment, processes, experience, and/or outcomes [...]
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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 18,619 eligible professionals registered for the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs last month. That brings total registrations during 2011 to 124,089 EPs for Medicare meaningful use and 39,503 EPs for Medicaid meaningful use. For 2011, over $2.5 billion was paid out in meaningful use incentives. You can find the [...]
A new report that surveyed over 200 radiologists about the meaningful use of electronic health records has recently been released from vendor research firm KLAS Enterprises. KLAS partnered with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) to survey over 200 radiologists.
Here are some hi-level findings from the survey respondents:
60% plan to or are considering achieving [...]
CMS has developed a web tool to help providers determine in which EHR Incentive Program they are eligible to participate. The tool can be found on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. Check it out.
Here are some basics:
Incentive payments for eligible professionals are based on individual practitioners.
If you are part of a practice, each [...]
Attestations and payments for Meaningful Use of electronic health records, while off to a slow start, are starting to increase in volume. Year-to-date, under the Meaningful Use program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payouts are just under $400 million. A recent article in Fierce EMR breaks down the number of registrations and payouts by Medicare [...]
With less than 90 days until the end of 2011, providers who are eligible for stimulus funding from the CMS EHR Incentive Program should already be in the midst of their attestation period. To qualify for meaningful use funds in 2011, you must report stage 1 meaningful use compliance for a consecutive 90-day period.
Haven’t started reporting [...]
It’s time to check in on the CMS Medicare EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program timetable:
October 3, 2011. The last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2011 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is 10/3/11.
December 31, 2011. The reporting year for eligible professionals ends on 12/31/11.
February 29, 2012. If [...]
According to iHealthBeat, about 13,000 eligible health care providers signed up in August for the meaningful use program, an increase of 30% from July. That’s in addition to the 90,000 health care providers that had registered for the electronic health record meaningful use incentive program by the end of August.
In terms of stimulus funding, the [...]
Many physicians have funded their electronic health record (EHR) purchases with the CMS meaningful use incentive payments. Take a look at this article, written by Joseph Goedert and published by Health Data Management earlier this month. The article tells the story of several practices — from single docs to larger groups — who have subsidized their [...]
The Office of Clinical Quality and Standards at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar from 1-3pm EST on August 30th to explain the clinical quality measures in the Medicare electronic health records meaningful use program. The agenda calls for
an overview of the measures
why the measures are a part of achieving meaningful use
how to report the [...]
On Thursday, August 18,2011 from 1:30-3:00 EST, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host an EHR Incentive Program teleconference on “Understanding Meaningful Use.”
This is an opportunity for eligible hospitals, CAHs and eligible professionals to learn about the meaningful use requirements of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Helpful resources will be [...]
To Keep or Replace Sage Medical Manager® to comply with ‘Meaningful Use’ and 5010/ICD-10? THAT is the Question.
Achieving meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) is not the only deadline facing medical practices. By federal mandate, in January of 2012, practices must process claims in the new 5010 format, a transaction standard that will support ICD-10 codes. And then, by October of 2013, practices must successfully convert to ICD-10, an expanded [...]
According to an article published yesterday in HealthLeaders Media, Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, laid out a list of leading IT growth indicators at a recent National Health IT Summit in Washington DC:
EHR adoption by primary care physicians. After 20 years the rate of adoption of electronic health records by primary [...]
In the first two weeks of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services incentive program, $75 million was paid out in bonuses for the meaningful use of electronic medical records.
CMS announced mid-May that more than 300 physicians, hospitals and other eligible EMR users qualified for the first stage of the meaningful use incentive program and received payments.
According to Health Data Management, the meaningful use workgroup of the Health I.T. Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is recommending that Stage 2 of electronic health records be delayed by one year to 2014 for providers who attest to Stage 1 meaningful use in 2011.
The rationale [...]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program. The questions cover providing patients with an electronic copy of health information and counting patients not seen by the eligible provider.
The complete questions and answers are:
Question: To meet the meaningful use objective “provide [...]
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will conduct a two-year study to identify barriers to Medicaid providers achieving electronic health records meaningful use criteria.
The study will draw from over one dozen focus groups of eligible Medicaid providers–some of which have adopted an EHR and some of which have not. The finding from the focus groups will inform [...]
This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will start issuing the first Medicare incentive checks for meaningful use of electronic health records.
Providers receiving meaningful use incentives will be paid the same way they receive payment for Medicare services, either through an electronic funds transfer or paper check. Payments will appear on the bank [...]