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Last week active CMS Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced the phasing out of Meaningful UseĀ “as we know it.” This week ONC National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo and Andy Slavitt have expanded on plans for upcoming changes to the Meaningful Use program on the CMS blog. While many media outlets (AmericanEHR included) reportedĀ that Meaningful Use…

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Road to 10: Free Online Resource for Small Clinical Practices CMS released Road to 10, a free online resource built with the help of physicians in small practices. Available on the Provider Resources page at cms.gov/ICD10, this tool is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition. Road to 10 gives providers the…

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eHealth University, A Go-To Resource for eHealth Programs CMS launched eHealth University, a new resource that helps providers find information and materials on each of the

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Reminder: Medicare Eligible Professionals Must Attest by March 31 at 11:59 pm ET to Receive 2013 Incentive Providers should submit data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays. The last day eligible professionals can register and attest to demonstrating meaningful use for the 2013 reporting year of the Medicare EHR…

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An article by Andrew Pollack in the New York Times yesterday entitled, “Roughed Up By an Orca? There’s a Code for That” highlights some of the issues that have been discussed for awhile about ICD-10 conversion. The current deadline for conversion is still October 1, 2014 – which gives health systems, private practices and everything…

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published companion final rules (CMS; OIG) on Friday, December 27th that extends the Stark Law exception to allow hospitals to donate EHRs to physicians and avoid the anti-kickback enforcement as long as 15% of the cost is covered by…

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After an ONC representative indicated that changes were unlikely for the EHR Incentive Program (aka Meaningful Use timeline), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) posted an announcement on Friday afternoon (12/6). Robert Tagalicod (Office of E-Health Standards & Services at CMS) and Jacob Reider (Acting…

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I am posting this message from CMS about ICD-10 as it identifies several potentially important resources for those practices still working towards the ICD-10 deadline (which likely means everyone): The ICD-10 compliance date is less than a year away! The October 1, 2014 transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes will affect all entities covered by…

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We’re getting close to the January 1, 2014 Stage 2 MU start – and so far, not a word from CMS or ONC about any changes to MU 2 despite major concerns expressed by several organizations (see post from October 11th). There are several major issues with the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: With less than…

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I just received this update via email regarding PQRS: CMS will extend the registration period for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) administrative claims-based reporting option and the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) to October 18, 2013 (from 10/15/13) to allow providers additional time to register for 2013. This day is the: Last day…

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John Halamaka, co-chair of the Health IT Standards Committee and CIO at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center offered some advice to the next National Coordinator on his blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO. Here are his general recommendations: ICD-10: Consider voluntary transactions for October 2014 and provide a 6 month grace period before enforcing the…

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