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

Do EMR and Practice Management systems really improve efficiency or was it a trick?

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New and seasoned Practice Managers and Physicians know that handling the day to day tasks of running a medical practice can be time consuming. Administrative tasks and responsibilities have increased with ever-changing government regulations, Medicare laws, and legal concerns.  Efficiency appears to be a losing battle, and stressful workflows take a toll on delivering compassionate patient care. A paperless office was presented as a time and cost saving endeavor that would lead to better patient care. Or was it a trick?

Sound familiar?

A polished representative came to the office to demonstrate their EMR, Practice Management, and Medical Billing system. You were convinced, “this is the solution, what a relief, Ah…!” Thousands of dollars and countless hours spent on implementation and training. Finally, the “go live” date arrived. Then, reality hit; the staff forgot how to upload documents, the doctor was in the exam room trying unsuccessfully to view an MRI with the patient, and you frantically tried to fix the issues. The workflow stopped as panic took over. You finally phoned customer support and you were placed on hold. “Ugh,” you began to question…”How much longer will the learning curve actually take?”  “Did I make the right system selection?” “Why did I try to improve efficiency?” “It really wasn’t that bad and where is that polished sales person now?”

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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

New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

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Congressman Brian Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week about the importance of electronic medical records and cites how during the Sandy hurricane that patient care kept going during the natural disaster. Continue reading: New York Congressman Calls for Expanded Use of Electronic Medical Records

Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

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Below is one of the charts included in the ONC report giving an update on where the incentives and attesting stands today.  It is broken down into several components but the one listed below gives the story in a short visual version. Continue reading: Adoption of EHR Technologies With 66% Meeting Core Objectives, ONC Report

Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

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With all the current discussions on medical records and coding, the American Medical Association today has a with a study to shed some light with a surprise change in billing with the removal of consultation fees.  Sometimes it may be hard to predict exactly how the math will work. Continue reading: Medicare End of Consultation Fees Provided Uptick in Medicare Spending–Not the EMR This Time

EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

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There’s more data to be captured from this recent report in Healthcare IT News,  but you have to consider the move to electronic medical records a real success and with current economic times the figures show the support of the government has been a tremendous asset. Continue reading: EHR Incentives Reach $9 Billion States CMS–Over 177 Physicians and Hospitals

CMS Gives HospitalsIn New York & New Jersey a Deadline Extension for Meaningful Use Attestation

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After hurricane Sandy ravaged the east cost CMS has decided to offer an extension of time for attestation.  The official details are listed below.  Some hospitals are barely up and running again, some with only outpatient services.  Both New York and New Jersey hospitals were hit hard with the storm and flooding. Continue reading: CMS Gives HospitalsIn New York & New Jersey a Deadline Extension for Meaningful Use Attestation

Coast Guard Medical Records To Go Wireless–Lockheed To Install MONAXOffice for EHR Access

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This is a pilot program for Lockheed Martin with the wireless service and initially 42,000 active duty service members will be enrolled.  This means that the EHR capabilities will be available on mobile devices, such as tablets and cell phones.  MONAXOffice will provide the access in a highly secured enterprise setting. Continue reading: Coast Guard Medical Records To Go Wireless–Lockheed To Install MONAXOffice for EHR Access