This webinar will provide a visual step-by-step guide for eligible professionals to use to prepare for attestation. The videos also answer common questions a…
On Thursday August 23, 2012, CMS announced the final rule for Stage 2 requirements and other changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Thi… Video Rating: 4 / 5
Timeline and details on how Medicare will be paying out incentives for providers who qualify for the Meaningful Use program. Southern California Regional Extension Center, Director of Meaningful Use, Mary Mitchell presents at the Institute for Health Technology Transformation (iHT2… Video Rating: 5 / 5
Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, discusses the importance of registering for the Electronic Health Record Incent… Video Rating: 4 / 5
Drs. Melissa and Jeffrey Gastorf describe their experience of upgrading to electronic health records, and receiving their CMS Incentive Program payment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a National Provider Call on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to Address the 2012 Physician Quali… Video Rating: 5 / 5
Dr. Scott Jens provides a very informative discussion on EHR Meaningful Use and why EHR Certification alone will not earn you incentive payments. Video Rating: 0 / 5
CMS has posted an update to their FAQ that more fully answers the question of Sequestration and Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments. The short answer to the question of whether or not the sequestration will affect EHR incentive payments is yes, sort of. If you’re scheduled to receive payments through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program then those payments are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending, as long as the final day of your reporting period is on or after April 1st, 2013. However, if you’ll be receiving Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments then you’ll be receiving the full amount. The more complete answer, direct from the CMS website is below: Will incentive payments earned in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive programs be affected by sequestration? Incentive payments made through the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for 2 months. As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2%. This 2% reduction will be applied to any Medicare EHR incentive payment for a reporting period that ends on or after April 1, 2013. If the final day of the reporting period occurs before April 1, 2013, those incentive payments will not be subject to the reduction. Please note that this reduction does not apply to Medicaid EHR incentive payments, which are exempt from the mandatory reductions.
More than 85 percent of eligible hospitals are participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and more than 75 percent have received incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health record (EHR) technology as of March 2013, according to a fact sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). More than 85 percent of eligible hospitals are participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, and more than 75 percent have received incentive payments for meaningfully using electronic health record (EHR) technology as of March 2013, according to a fact sheet read more
EHR Provider Sevocity has analyzed the December 2012 CMS report EP Recipients of Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments to determine which Menu Objectives were most often selected by providers attesting to Meaningful Use under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. To qualify for an EHR incentive payment under the program, eligible providers must attest to 15 Core Objectives and select 5 of 10 possible Menu Objectives. Sevocity analyzed the results of the 117,285 eligible providers on the December 2012 report to determine which Menu objectives were most often selected by attesting providers. The most popular Menu objective was “Implement Drug Formulary Checks” with almost 85% of providers electing this as one of their 5 Menu items. This was followed by “Generate lists of patients by specific conditions to use for quality improvement, reduction of disparities, research, or outreach” with over 74% of providers electing the objective. The least often-selected menu objective was “Summary Care Record for Transition of Care” with less than 16% of providers electing this objective. “Because most of the Stage 1 Menu objectives become Core objectives with Stage 2, it is important to understand those items which may currently be the most difficult for providers to achieve,” stated Elaine Mendoza, President and CEO of Sevocity. “Understanding these trends will help EHR vendors work closely with customers and offer training and other support to ease their path to Stage 2.” Sevocity has created a free White Paper titled Selecting Your Stage 1 Meaningful Use Menu Objectives containing information to help practices determine which Menu objectives they may wish to target for Stage 1. The White Paper also includes the statistics for all of the Menu objectives from the December 2012 Medicare EHR incentive payment report. You can learn more about the whitepaper at the Sevocity Website .
AHA expresses concern about “significant burden placed on providers who are trying to meet multiple, often non-aligned quality measurement and reporting requirements.” In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) asked stakeholders for input regarding ways it might better align clinical quality measure reporting under the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and other reporting programs. The deadline to respond was April 8, and the American Hospital Association and several specialty societies made suggestions of changes CMS could make. read more