CMS News Update: Attest to 2016 Program Requirements by February 28

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As circulated by CMS on 1/17/17 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period… Read more »

Meaningful Use Penalty to Hit 171,000 Clinicians Next Year

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Next year 171,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians will take a 3% pay cut from Medicare for failing to demonstrate that they met the government’s requirements for meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) system in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. Lucky Patcher for iOS Download A… Read more »

Here We Go Again…

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Meg Bryant over at Healthcare Dive reports that CMS released an API tool to ease MACRA reporting. Dive Brief: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched an online tool enabling clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Quality Payment Program. The tool is the first in a series of efforts aimed at easing the… Read more »

Here are the MACRA final rule changes you need to know

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Last week, HHS released a barrage of regulations and guidance under it’s various arms. One final rule focused on health IT but the big news centered on CMS’ release of the highly anticipated Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2105 (MACRA) implementation final rule (link removed). The announcement differed somewhat from CMS’ previous releases. For… Read more »

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Application Deadline Extended

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The Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Application Deadline for All Providers is Now July 1, 2016 Today, CMS is extending the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that reduces burden on clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals… Read more »

Office-Based Docs’ Use of Certified EHRs Increasing, CDC Data Show

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Nearly 75% of office-based providers in 2014 had a certified electronic health record system, up from 68% in 2013, according to new CDC data, STAT News‘ “Morning Rounds” reports (Thielking, “Morning Rounds,” STAT News, 1/27). Eligible professionals must use EHRs certified by the federal government under the meaningful use program. The program was created under… Read more »

Ringing in Zip, Zero, Zilch

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For those I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting with in the first 15 days of the month, Happy New Year!  I’m excited about what 2016 will bring to medical practices and billing services over the next 350 days. After peering inside the plethora of healthcare news, I found some recurring hot topics that we’ll… Read more »

Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions Bill Signed into Law

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Providers will have an easier time claiming a meaningful use hardship exception now that S.2425 has been signed into law. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), according to a White House press release. 2425 covers legislation regarding Medicare payments for certain rehabilitation technologies,… Read more »

CMS Fact Sheet: EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 and Beyond

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make, electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to be able to readily, safely, and securely exchange that information. The final rules for 2015… Read more »