CMS Updated the Deadline to Attest for Medicare Eligible Professionals

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New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals: March 20, 2015

Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.

This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch”, to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs. Continue reading: CMS Updated the Deadline to Attest for Medicare Eligible Professionals

“It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

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Today we have an opinion piece from Dr. Edmund Billings from Medsphere relaying a message that we have all probably thought about at one time or another if you are in the Health IT business.  How did all of this transpire in the medical record business?  Continue reading: “It’s the System Stupid”, And the Laws of Unintended Consequences Reviewed

HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

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Have you ever wanted a simplistic look at the framework of HITECH?  This is it which is from the website of the Health IT Dashboard where you can find all kind of statistical and other information as it relates to the adoption of medical records through the anticipated goals. Continue reading: HITECH Framework At a Glance On How The Structure Is Organized

Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

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Medscape today carried a quite an depth look at what’s ahead for Meaningful Use part 2 and lays out some of the areas to where confusion and and stumbling blocks stand to occur.  The article begins with speaking with a doctor who is currently using eClinical Works EMR and how he is already using a patient portal. Continue reading: Meaningful Use Part 2, To Portal or Not to Portal And Alternatives

Over 10 Billion Paid in EHR Meaningful Use Incentives Through End of December 2012

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Government Health IT reports December 2012 was one of the biggest months for incentives with current estimates and this is due to hospitals leading the pack being there were more hospitals collecting incentives than any other month according to CMS.  Year to date numbers for incentives comes in to over $10 billion.  CMS is still working to finalize the exact numbers. Continue reading: Over 10 Billion Paid in EHR Meaningful Use Incentives Through End of December 2012

EHR Incentive Deadline, December 31, 2012 Countdown for First Year Eligibles Is 4 Days

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Feb. 28, 2013 is the deadline for attesting.  There are only 4 days left for the first year eligibles to begin their 90 day reporting period.  Most are probably already deep in here with the incentives; however there are always those who may wait until the last minute thus we thought a friendly reminder could be beneficial to get you to the websites.  Continue reading: EHR Incentive Deadline, December 31, 2012 Countdown for First Year Eligibles Is 4 Days

What Makes Up an EHR Template Relative to Reimbursement; CMS To Begin Reviewing

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Medical record templates have been in and out of the news quite frequently today.  All medical record templates for one are not the created equally.  Which templates are the “so called troublemakers”?  We may see some additional complexities develop here since this seems to be an area where the discussion has lead to capturing bigger dollars when billing. Continue reading: What Makes Up an EHR Template Relative to Reimbursement; CMS To Begin Reviewing

AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use

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We don’t know exactly what may be required or if actual audits with hospitals and providers will take place, but as a precautionary measure the American Medical Association offers some guidelines and answers as to what you may need should an audit of your incentive funds take place.  Continue reading: AMA Offers Preparation Advice In Case of CMS Audits for Meaningful Use

EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform

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We certainly have come a long way since the early days of electronic medical records.  When you reflect back to the early days you might remember when e-prescribing and charting were two different types of technology offerings and of course today almost nobody operates an medical record system without e-prescribing being an included module.  Continue reading: EMR Platforms and 3rd Party Data Solutions Grow Closer -Cerner Selects Scalable Payer Platform