Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NCQA PCMH 2011 Deadline is looming

Here are some important deadline and links FOR 2011 and 2014. SV

The last day to purchase the 2011 PCMH Survey Tool is June 30, 2014. All 2011 PCMH Survey Tools must be submitted by March 31, 2015. For additional information, see the Start-to-Finish PCMH Recognition page.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Eligible Professionals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

Important Medicare Deadline Approaching for Eligible Professionals
If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments.
Eligible professionals who begin participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program after 2014 will not be able to earn an incentive payment for that year or any subsequent year of participation.
If you choose to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the first time in 2014, you should begin your 90-day reporting period no later than July 1, 2014and submit attestation by October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.
Note: October 1 is the attestation deadline for eligible professionals in their first year of participation to avoid the payment adjustment. However, eligible professionals who miss this deadline can still demonstrate meaningful use during the last 90-day reporting period of the year (October - December 2014) and earn an incentive payment for 2014.
Providers Who First Begin Participation in 2014 must:
To Earn Your Maximum Medicare Incentive
  • Demonstrate 90 days of Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2014 to earn up to $11,760.
  • Demonstrate a full year of Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2015 to earn up to $7,840.
  • Demonstrate a full year of Stage 2 of meaningful use in 2016 to earn up to $3,920.
If you successfully demonstrate meaningful use each year beginning in 2014, your total payment amount could be as much as $23,520.

Additional Resources

The EHR Incentive Program website offers several helpful tools and resources so you can successfully begin participation:

Sunday, April 13, 2014

NYeHealth Collaborative: Patient Centered Medical Home Webinar

Check out this informative presentation. SV

Patient-Centered Medical Home - Transform Your Practice-20140410 1559-1 
April 10, 2014, 11:59 am New York Time 
59 mins 

oWhat is a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?
oBenefits of PCMH to your practice
oAlignment with Meaningful Use and Accountable Care Organizations
oResearch Findings
oRecognition Programs
oNational and New York State Activities

oHow NYeC Can Help Practices

NYC REACH Live Webinar Series: Meaningful Use Stage 2

NYC REACH Live Webinar Series:
Meaningful Use Stage 2

Are you preparing to start Meaningful Use Stage 2? NYC REACH invites you to our Meaningful Use Stage 2 Live Webinar Series. These upcoming four webinars will focus on different key Stage 2 topics, including:

Once registered, you will receive an email 1-2 days before the webinar with login instructions. Please be sure to provide your full name and a valid e-mail address when registering. If you have any questions about these webinars, please contact Victoria Pascoe at vpascoe@health.nyc.gov or (347) 396-4693.

Monday, April 07, 2014

ONC: A 10 year retrospective with interviews

An interesting article including interviews with the ONC leaders.

Modern Healthcare

Friday, April 04, 2014

NYC REACH Open Houses: The Bronx and Queens

Upcoming Open Houses

NYC REACH invites you to attend our 2014 Open House Series. Taking place throughout the five boroughs throughout the year, these open houses will provide an overview of what to expect in 2014. Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear a provider perspective on Health Information Technology and network with other providers from their area. 

Bronx Open House
Tuesday, April 22nd
Lehman College

50 Bedford Park Blvd W
Bronx, New York

Queens Open House
Thursday, May 1st
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

NYC Department of Health
42-09 28th Street, Room 12-22
Long Island City, Queens

If you have any questions about these events, please contact pcipcomms@health.nyc.gov

Friday, March 14, 2014

Governor Cuomo Names Primary Care Partnership as "Pay for Success" Finalist

Congratulations to the Finalists! SV

Governor Cuomo Names Primary Care Partnership as "Pay for Success" Finalist

(March 14, 2014)  Governor Andrew Cuomo last week announced that a primary care partnership is one of four finalists for New York State's "Pay for Success" initiative.  The partnership consists of the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC), three federally qualified community health centers - HRHCare Community Health, The Institute for Family Health, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc., and Hudson Information Technology for Community Health (HITCH). 

In announcing the finalists on March 6th, Governor Cuomo stated: "This public-private partnership model is one we see working over and over again and one that saves taxpayers money and improves how we deliver services here in New York." Read the Governor's press release here.

The partnership seeks to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes among adults in New York City and the Hudson Valley by improving the identification of at-risk patients, and engaging patients in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) "National Diabetes Prevention Program" (NDPP). Evidence shows that successful completion of the NDPP reduces a patient's risk of getting diabetes by 58%. The three health centers care for roughly 140,000 adult patients: an estimated 8.8% are diabetic and at least 8.3% are prediabetic. The five-year initiative is expected to benefit about 3,600 patients and save about $10 million in health care costs. Longer term cumulative savings to all levels of government are projected at $47 million. The award will be final upon approval of the State budget and completion of a contract between the partnership and the State.

"Pay for Success" projects, often financed through Social Impact Bonds, are an innovative method of funding projects that benefit the public. In New York's Pay for Success program, the state and service providers (such as healthcare providers) will agree upon performance goals, and private and philanthropic investors will fund the projects at no initial cost to the state. The state will repay investors based on the program's performance, and will only make payments if the goals are achieved. 

PCDC is a nonprofit that provides affordable capital, expert technical assistance and public advocacy to expand and transform primary care in underserved communities to improve health outcomes, lower health costs and reduce disparities. HRHCare Community HealthThe Institute for Family Health and Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc. are federally qualified health center networks that operate 50 community health centers in New York State.  The centers offer primary care, dental care and mental health care for children and adults.  All of the centers have been designated Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.HITCH is a non-profit coalition that promotes high quality health care among safety-net primary care providers.

Contact Information:
Dan Lowenstein (PCDC) - 212-437-3942, dlowenstein@pcdc.org
Lauren Candela-Katz, (HRHCare Community Health) 914-734-8555, lcandelakatz@hrhcare.org
Lindsay Farrell, (Open Door Family Medical Centers, Inc.) 914-502-1450, lfarrell@odfmc.org
Maxine Golub (The Institute for Family Health) - 212-633-0800 ext 1286mgolub@institute2000.org
Helene Kopal (HITCH), 914-488-6401, hkopal@hitch.org

Monday, March 03, 2014

Allscripts: HIMSS Analytics Announces First Certified Educator of the EMR Adoption Model

Congratulations! SV

“Allscripts is honored to be named the first Certified Educator for EMRAM,” said Paul M. Black, President and Chief Executive Officer, Allscripts. “The certification will enable Allscripts to better assist our clients in achieving HIMSS Stage 6 or 7, critical for future success for healthcare organizations.”


CMS: Meaningful Use Medicare Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals

The AMA has put together an excellent document explaining the hardship exceptions. SV