Sunday, November 23, 2014

Show Support for HR 5481, Flexibility in Health IT Reporting Act

Attesting to Meaningful Use has its challenges.

This is a request to make the reporting period for 2015 only 3 months instead of 12, thus giving us all more time to comply with the standards. SV

I recommend going to the link by the end of the month.


In early September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on 2014 Meaningful Use reporting that offered some level of flexibility for providers who are attempting to use Certified EHR Technology to report on their adherence to Meaningful Use Stage 1 or Stage 2 in 2014. The final rule gives flexibility for 2014, but requires a full-year of Meaningful Use reporting for 2015, which for hospitals starts in one week on October 1, 2014, and in three months for eligible professionals (January 1, 2015). The short implementation window is an incredibly difficult challenge for even the most prepared providers. On September 16, Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC-02) introduced H.R. 5481 - The Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2014. Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-04) has signed on as an original co-sponsor. This important legislation would ensure health care providers receive the flexibility they need to successfully comply with HHS’ Meaningful Use Program in 2015. The Flex-IT Act will allow providers to report on their meaningful use compliance in 2015 for a three-month reporting period as opposed to a full year. This shortened reporting period is an important first step in helping to ensure providers remain in the Meaningful Use program and continue to use IT to support healthcare transformation. Your immediate attention and action is needed to help Congress understand the importance of this legislation! Use the HIMSS Legislative Action Center to get your member of Congress involved!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Educational Dinner Presentation: Deja MU: Finding New Insights in “Old” Data

Educational Dinner Presentation: Deja MU: Finding New Insights in “Old” Data

Please join your industry peers for dinner, networking, and a brief presentation
led by Encore, A Quintiles Company, showing how you can leverage existing data assets
(such as your Meaningful Use data) to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Dr. Jon Morris, VP Provider Solutions & CMIO,
will show how existing data can provide further insights and
help you succeed in the shift to value-based payments.

November 4, 2014 -6:30 PM
Cocktail & Dinner
Presentation co-hosted by Encore & HIMSS NYS Chapter

Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel,
714 7th Ave W 48th St, New York, NY 10036
http://www.rloungetimessquare.com/

Please RSVP by (October 31, 2014) to Jean Parker, jparker@encorehealthresources.com

For more information, please visit:



Jean Mahoney Parker | Client Services Executive
Encore, a Quintiles Company

phone: 773-603-4063

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NYeHealth Collaborative: Patient Centered Medical Home Webinar 09/18/2014

Check out tomorrow's informative presentation. SV


Here is a link to April's presentation:

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

Agenda:
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

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

CMS Telemedicine proposal for 2015 Fact Sheet

This a a good first step towards acknowledging that managing care requires multiple reimbursable approaches. SV

Primary care and complex chronic care management
Medicare continues to emphasize primary care management services by beginning to make separate payment for chronic care management (CCM) services beginning in 2015. In last year’s final rule, we established policy to make separate payment for non-face-to-face chronic care management services for Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple, significant chronic conditions (two or more). Chronic care management services include regular development and revision of a plan of care, communication with other treating health professionals, and medication management.
This proposed rule addresses three aspects of CCM services. We propose a payment rate of $41.92 for the code that can be billed no more frequently than once per month per qualified patient. We also propose to allow greater flexibility in the supervision of clinical staff providing CCM services. Finally, we are not proposing to establish separate standards that practitioners and practices furnishing this service would have to meet, as we had indicated last year. Upon further review, we believe the scope of service requirements for CCM, most of which were finalized last year, would be sufficient for practitioners to deliver CCM. We are proposing one additional requirement – standards for electronic health records – and seek comment on whether additional standards are needed. Payment for CCM is only one part of a multi-faceted CMS initiative to improve Medicare beneficiaries’ access to primary care. Models being tested through the Innovation Center will continue to explore other primary care innovations.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dr Farzad Mostashari launches Aledade

Dr Farzad Mostashari has launched Aledade a company that will help primary care doctors form Accountable Care Organizations or ACOs. SV

Aledade

Aledade's Founding Team

Twitter Search #Aledade

Articles on Aledade

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Dr Steven Stack, named President-Elect of AMA!

Congratulations Steven. Well Deserved! SV

Steven J. Stack, MD, an emergency physician residing in Lexington, Ky., was first elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees (BOT) in June 2006. Board-certified in emergency medicine, Dr. Stack currently practices in Lexington and surrounding central Kentucky.
Dr. Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including St. Joseph East (Lexington), St. Joseph Mt. Sterling (rural eastern Kentucky) and Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). He is the first emergency medicine board-certified physician to serve on the AMA-BOT.
Dr. Stack has special expertise in health information technology (IT) and has been chair of the AMA’s Health Information Technology Advisory Group from 2007 to 2013. He has also served on multiple federal advisory groups for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), including the Information Exchange, PCAST Report, and Strategic Plan workgroups.
Dr. Stack will be the youngest AMA president in the past century.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CMS and ONC Release NPRM Allowing CEHRT Flexibility and Extending Stage 2

Keep sending in the feedback. SV

Today, CMS and ONC released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014. 
The NPRM will grant flexibility to providers who are experiencing difficulties fully implementing 2014 Edition CEHRT to attest this year. The proposed rule would allow providers to use EHRs that have been certified under the 2011 Edition, a combination of the 2011 and 2014 Editions, or the 2014 Edition.
Beginning in 2015, all eligible providers would be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT.
2014 Participation Options
Under this proposal, valid only for the 2014 reporting year, providers would be able to use 2011 Edition CEHRT for either Stage 1 or Stage 2, would have the option to attest to the 2013 definition of meaningful use core and menu objectives, and use the 2013 definition CQMs.
Providers currently working on Stage 1 in 2014 would be able to demonstrate:
  • Stage 1 (2013 Definition) using 2011 Edition CEHRT, or using a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT; or
  • Stage 1 (2014+ Definition) using 2014 Edition CEHRT.
Providers currently working on Stage 2 in 2014 would be able to demonstrate:
  • Stage 1 (2013 Definition) using 2011 Edition CEHRT, or using a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT;
  • Stage 1 (2014+ Definition) using 2014 Edition CEHRT; or
  • Stage 2 (2014+ Definition) using 2014 Edition CEHRT.
Extending Stage 2
The proposed rule also includes a provision that would formalize CMS and ONC’srecommended timeline to extend Stage 2 through 2016. If finalized, the earliest a provider would participate in Stage 3 of meaningful use would be 2017.
For More Information
Visit the CMS Newsroom to read the press release about the NPRM.