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.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Happy Nurses Week May 6- 12, 2014

Thank you for all you do! SV


American Nurses Association
Nursing Informatics


Tuesday, April 29, 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 

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, 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.