Use New Quality Reporting Training Modules to Help Ensure Satisfactory 2014 Reporting

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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. If you are eligible to participate in the 2014 Physician… Read more »

EHR Incentive Programs: Learn More About Patient Electronic Access Requirements

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If you are an eligible professional participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, you will be required to meet Patient Electronic Access measures.  Patients’ access to their EHRs can help them make more informed decisions about their health care and improve efficiencies in health care delivery. In order to meet 2014 Stage 1 requirements, you must… Read more »

CMS Publishes Final Rule for Meaningful Use Flexibility

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Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rule, set… Read more »

2014 CQM Electronic Reporting Guides for Eligible Professionals

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2014 CQM Electronic Reporting Guides for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals Are you an eligible professional or eligible hospital participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program? If so, CMS has posted new two materials to help you report clinical quality measures (CQMs) in 2014, including: An Introduction to EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals: 2014… Read more »

CMS News: Open Payments System Reopens, Extends Physician Registration and Review Period

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CMS announced today that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from health care manufacturers. The system was taken offline on August 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the… Read more »

Eligible Professional's Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program

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>> Click here to view a CMS created guide for Eligible Professionals planning to attest for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program. How to use this guide: This guide is intended to provide eligible professionals (EPs) with an overview of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The guide discusses changes to Meaningful Use objectives and to Clinical… Read more »

CMS-1500 Claim Form Updates: Medicare to Accept Revised Form Starting January 2014

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September 5, 2013: From the CMS Newsletter The CMS-1500 Claim Form has been recently revised with changes including those to more adequately support the use of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set. The revised CMS-1500 form (version 02/12) will replace version 08/05. The revised form will give providers the ability to indicate whether they are using ICD-9… Read more »

CMS: Deadline Nears to Avoid Medicare eRx Payment Penalty

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Originally posted from HealthData Management May 8, 2013 The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published guidance on avoiding a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments for physicians who are not participating in the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program by June 30, 2013: “A major Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program deadline is approaching for both… Read more »

CMS Issues Guidance on EHR Meaningful Use Audits

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published guidance on Medicare electronic health records Meaningful Use audits being conducted by its contractor, Figliozzi and Company. States also are conducting their own audits for the Medicaid EHR incentive program. Post-payment audits of organizations that received meaningful use incentive payments began in 2012 and pre-payment audits… Read more »

Mandatory Payment Reductions in the Medicare FFS Program – "Sequestration"

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Originally posted from CMS – As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013 requiring across-the-board reductions in Federal spending. In general, Medicare FFS claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments. Therefore, to prevent making overpayments, interim… Read more »