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Meaningful use attestation tips

EHR Intelligence, July 12, 2012

BEI Commentary: Here are some good tips on preparing to register for the EHR Incentive program.  Note that CMS can conduct an audit for up to six years after payment is received.

Registering for EHR incentives from CMS and logging into the attestation portal may appear to be basic on the surface, but can require more work than some eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals realize. To save time during the registration process, it will help to have the information below readily available. Read More 

Alignment of e-prescribing incentive programs a step in the right direction

Fierce EMR, July 11, 2012

BEI Commentary: Three CMS programs (PQRS, Meaningful Use and e-prescribing/MIPPA) can all involve the use of EHRs.  If physicians participate in Meaningful Use, they should not have to worry about the others.  Unfortunately, CMS did not initially harmonize these programs.  Now that effort is taking place – if you qualify for Meaningful Use, you also satisfy your e-prescribing/MIPPA requirements.

Well, it isn’t perfect, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed 2013 fee schedule–set to be published in the Federal Register July 30–does provide some relief for physicians trying to avoid the penalties in the electronic-prescribing (eRx) incentive program by creating two additional hardship exemptions for prescribers also participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs. Read More

We Can’t Wait: Obama Administration takes new steps to encourage doctors and hospitals to use health information technology to lower costs, improve quality, create jobs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November 30, 2011

BEI Commentary: HHS Secretary Sebelius issued a press release detailing the progress of the incentive program to date.  EHR use by physician offices has doubled.  Primary care physician participation in the Incentive program is approximately 33% to date.  Over $1 billion of incentives have been paid out. Of significance is that Stage 2 adoption is being delayed from 2013 to 2014.  This give providers an additional year of meaningfully using an EHR in stage 1.

Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a report showing that doctors’ adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled in two years.  HHS also announced new actions to speed the use of health IT in doctors’ offices and hospitals nationwide, which will improve health care and create jobs nationwide.

While protecting confidential personal information, health IT can improve access to care, help coordinate treatments, measure outcomes and reduce costs.  The new administrative actions announced today, which were made possible by the HITECH Act, will make it easier for doctors and other health care professionals to receive incentive payments for adopting and meaningfully using health IT. Read More

Consultant shares keys to achieving Stage 1 meaningful use

EHR Watch, August 23, 2011

BEI Commentary: Many of you are starting the journey down the path to Meaningful Use.  Here is the story of one practice that has received over $300,000 in MU incentives!

Health information technology consultant Christine Kelly of CMK Consulting recently helped Diamantoni & Associates of Lancaster, Pa., achieve Stage 1 meaningful use of a certified EHR. The five-office practice and 18-provider group received more than $300,000 in federal incentive payments. In the following interview with EHRWatch, Kelly discusses success measures and offers advice for those still looking to achieve meaningful use.

EHRWatch: How is meaningful use changing employee engagement within the practice at Diamantoni & Associates?
Kelly: I think we have every single employee talking about meaningful use measures and the procedures that need to be in place to continue to achieve meaningful use. It has caused us to look at setting practice standards for a patient encounter. Large practices, to be successful, need processes to be documented. Specifically, the patient encounter needs to be defined by the practice. The process used to engage the patient needs to be established from the moment a patient enters the clinic. Paths and protocols need to be long-established before a patient enters the lobby. Read More

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