EMR VS EHR

EMR vs EHR? Understand the Difference

EMR vs EHR? To begin differentiating between the two, it’s important to understand the shift in the medical industry. The growing advancements in the medical field within the past 50 years have tremendously improved our medical knowledge, as well as transformed research and development for treatment options. Because of this, those with chronic conditions have been living much longer.

MACRA, The New Payment Reform: How To Avoid Penalties

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Welcome to the world of MACRA!  In this video webinar the EHR team explains the difference between MIPS and APM as well as the requirements they have.  Changes from existing programs (MU & PQRS) happening in MIPS are discussed and suggestions for practice work flow to meet the requirements are provided.  

MIPS Track, What’s the MACRA Quality Payment Program?

MACRA: MIPs Track

MIPs, is one of the MACRA tracks, during this webinar recording, we will take you into a deep dive into the composite score and four performance categories that make up the Merit-Based Incentive System which include: Quality, Clinical Improvement Activities, Cost, and Advancing Care Information.
We will go over how they relate to Meaningful Use and PQRS,

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EHR Incentive Programs: 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) Overview

 

CMS recently released a final rule that specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

Meaningful Use Usergroup: February

There is an extremely important deadline coming up in February 2016 for Meaningful Use Core Objective #10 – Public Health Reporting. EVERY provider attesting to MU in 2016 must attest to two (2) Public Health Objectives. The options are:

(1) Immunizations State Reporting;
(2) Syndromic Surveillance Reporting; and
(3) Clinical Data Registry Reporting.

Providers MUST be registered and actively engaged with the registry by FEBRUARY 29th, 2016. If they are not, they will NOT be able to attest to Meaningful Use for the reporting year of 2016.

The Future of the Meaningful Use Program

Recently the American Medical Association (AMA) released a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) Karen B. DeSalvo and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Marilyn B. Tavenner. The 30 page letter states, “After three-and-a-half years of provider participation, we are at a critical crossroad where we believe it is important and necessary to pause and fully assess what is working and what needs improvement before moving ahead to Stage 3 of the program.”  They have released a blueprint to improve the Meaningful Use program giving 4 steps they feel need to be considered:

  • Adopt a more flexible approach for meeting Meaningful Use
  • Expand hardship extension for all MU stages
  • Improve quality reporting
  • Address physician EMR usability challenges

The AMA further states that while over 78% of office-based physicians are using an EHR,

CMS Payment Adjustments Set to Begin January 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.gov) recently updated their ‘Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals’.  The information pertains to Medicare Eligible Professionals who are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) and the payment adjustments that will be applied beginning January 1, 2015.  Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to: improve quality,

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