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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:07 AM
To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website .

These resources include:

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:28 AM
Broadband access is required to meet certain objectives outlined in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs final rule. Therefore, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has maintained exclusions for providers in areas with limited broadband availability as identified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

Objective 8, Patient Electronic Access - Eligible providers (EPs) and eligible hospitals/CAHs Measure 2 Only:...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 02, 2016 9:53 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched important changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception process that will reduce burdens on clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes are a result of recent Medicare legislation – the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), Pub. L. No. 114-115 – and the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve the program.

CMS has released an FAQ outlining the documentation requirements for submitting the new hardship application to avoid the 2017 payment adjustment.

FAQ #14113 - On the new hardship application form for the 2017 payment adjustment there is nothing which says documentation is required to be submitted with the application form. Does this mean that CMS will only require the selection of a hardship category and the completion of the provider’s identifying information in order to approve a hardship exception? Or will CMS be reviewing the application...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:42 AM
On January 22, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched important changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception process that will reduce burden on clinicians, hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). These changes are a result of recent Medicare legislation – the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (PAMPA), Pub. L. No. 114-115 – and ongoing efforts to improve the program.

CMS has posted new, streamlined hardship applications, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for a hardship exception from the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program 2017 payment adjustment are available here....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, December 10, 2015 9:06 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 16 published a final rule with comment for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program that makes modifications to meaningful use requirements in 2015 through 2017 and sets the start date for Stage 3 of the program. For more details on the rule, see the AHA Regulatory Advisory.

CMS is accepting comments on the provisions of the meaningful use Stage 3 final rule through December 15. AHA will submit comments, and hospitals are strongly encouraged to submit their own comments to the agency. AHA has also provided a model comment letter to assist you. The model comment letter includes recommendations on how to improve the structure of the meaningful use program and increase flexibility to ensure program success by the greatest number of eligible providers. It also includes specific comments on the Stage 3 objectives.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 04, 2015 8:41 AM
To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2015, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals/CAHs: What You Need to Know for 2015 Overview of the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015-2017 What’s Changed for the EHR Incentive Programs in 2015-2017 Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals/CAHs Attestation Worksheets Alternate Exclusions and Specifications Fact Sheet Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals/CAHs Objectives and Measures Tables Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals/CAHs Specification Sheets CMS will continue to update the EHR Incentive Programs website to include additional information and resources for eligible professionals and...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:56 AM
On October 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To support provider participation in 2015, CMS has released two additional FAQs in response to inquiries about the public health reporting objective in 2015.

FAQ 13409 Question: For 2015, how should a provider report on the public health reporting objective if they had planned to be in Stage 1 meaningful use which required sending a test message and continued submission if successful, but did not require registration of intent?

Answer: We did not intend to require providers to engage in new activities during 2015, which may not be feasible after the publication of the final rule in order to successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2015. Since providers in Stage 1 in 2015 were not previously required to submit a registration of intent to submit data to meet Objective 10 measures, providers may meet the measures by having...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 8:37 AM
On October 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule with comment for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. To keep providers informed of changes to the programs and how to participate in 2015, CMS has also released three new FAQs providing clarification on how to attest to certain measures for health information exchange, patient electronic access and other objectives that require patient action.

FAQ 12817 Question: For the Health Information Exchange objective for meaningful use in 2015 through 2017, may an eligible professional (EP), eligible hospital or critical access hospital (CAH) count a transition of care or referral in its numerator for the measure if they electronically create and send a summary of care document using their Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) to a third party organization that plays a role in determining the next provider of care and ultimately delivers the summary of care document?...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, November 05, 2015 9:25 AM
On October 16, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule with comment for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program that makes modifications to meaningful use requirements in 2015 through 2017 and sets the required start date for Stage 3 of the program as January 1, 2018. Although this is a final rule, CMS seeks comment on the final policies for the Stage 3 objectives and measures and the EHR reporting period for Stage 3 in 2017 and subsequent years. Public comments received may be considered as CMS plans for the incorporation of meaningful use into implementation of the new physician payment models introduced by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and in future hospital payment rulemaking. The deadline for comments...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:01 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program fact sheet on the 2016 payment adjustments for Medicare eligible hospitals.

Visit the Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:23 AM
To keep providers updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently updated an FAQ about the Stage 2 Summary of Care objective.

An important update was added regarding the NIST EHR-Randomizer Application:

Question: When reporting on the Summary of Care objective in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, how can eligible professionals and eligible hospitals meet measure 3 if they are unable to complete a test with the CMS designated test EHR (Randomizer)?

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