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If you are uncertain about the EHR Incentive Program, Medscape just launched a nice CME-accredited course on the HITECH provisions.  It’s pretty quick to review and complete — and it covers the essential information eligible professionals need to know. Don’t know what an “EP” is? Take the Medscape course. Don’t know if you can get…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report from the National Center for Health Statistics. This is part of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) done annually. Since 2008, a supplemental mail-in survey on EHR/EMR adoption has been conducted. Last year (2010), the size of this additional survey was significantly expanded in…

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And so it begins. Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services opened the registration and attestation process for the EHR Incentive Program. The CMS site has detailed user guides for eligible professionals… one for Medicare and another for Medicaid. The guides provide step-by-step instructions with screen shots of the web pages you’re likely to…

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On December 10th, Dr. Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, posted a letter to the ONC site summarizing the activities of the past year.   Whether you are a full supporter of the direction that the Federal Government is taking with respect to the promotion of health IT or not, it has been a…

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Many eligible physicians may not be aware that in order to apply for incentive payments, they must be enrolled in PECOS, the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System. Separate enrollment processes exist for individual practitioners vs. provider/supplier organizations. A similar process will apply for those applying under Medicaid; however, states may add additional steps….

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Participants in the August 4 Webinar submitted a wide range of questions, answers for which will be published soon on the AmericanEHR website. Selected preliminary questions and answers are published below: Q: Does the program start 2010 or 2011? If I install and correctly use EHR now do I get first reimbursement payment any earlier…

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There are many comments about the EHR Incentive Program final rule (released on Tuesday) now being posted on the internet.  Here’s a couple of summaries from HealthcareIT News, Wall Street Journal Health Blog, the AMA statement, and, in full disclosure, ACP’s statement.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has an “official site” for…

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via content.nejm.org In coordination with the public announcement this morning by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator, the New England Journal of Medicine published a Perspective piece authored by Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT. This article provides an overview table of the Objectives and…

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Published by Falls Church, VA based Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) – A new report(.pdf) lists the top ten challenges that practices must address to meet Stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Authors: Walt Zywiak, Jane Metzger, Michele Mann describe the following 10 challenges: Capture the Data Establish Effective Workflows to Reinforce Data Entry (Including Medication Reconciliation)…

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