Meaningful Use Updates – Financial Hardships & CMS Final Rule 2015
December 4, 2015
There have been many questions surrounding the recent changes to the Meaningful Use 2 EHR Incentive Program Rules. There’s no question that the Meaningful Use program has been a bit difficult to navigate over recent years. Initially, the program offered significant financial incentives, with easy to attain attestation marks, and required “low-tech” EHR systems to help facilitate the process of attesting.
With the introduction of Meaningful Use 2, reimbursement has decreased, and attesting categories have become more stringent (which has required the use of “higher-tech” EHR systems), likely increasing costs to maintain these upgraded technologies.
The recent changes that CMS has provisioned within the Meaningful Use program have made it simpler, and easier for clinicians to attest. Below is a link to the 2015 Tip Sheet document that CMS recently posted that outlines the FINAL Meaningful Use Program Rules – (click here)
Even with the new rule set recently provided by CMS, there has been some debate about medical practices not having enough time to properly attest during a 90-day window in 2015. The new rule set was not announced until October 16, 2015, which would extend the 90-day attestation period well into January of 2016. “CMS has stated that it will grant hardship exemptions for 2015 if eligible providers are unable to attest due to the late publishing of the rule.” To view the complete article on the CMA website (click here).
The California Medical Association will continue to track and monitor this situation.
Proposed Incentive Rule, eCW Day in LA: June 3, ICD-10 Training and Resources
May 19, 2015
Physicians Trust: May Newsletter
Welcome to our New Customers
The Physicians Trust network of customers continues to grow not only for our EMR solutions and services but also our financial services. Please join us in welcoming our new customers.
Aumbria Health (NV)
Community Physicians IPA (CA)
Complete Health Services (TX)
Digestive Associates (NV)
Dr. Jessie Licuanan (CA)
Drs. Giles Scuderi & Fred Cushner (NY)
Novak Medical Group (CA)
Overhead Medical Mgt (TX)
Prospect Medical Urgent Care (CA)
CMS Introduces New Proposed Rule
On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3, to build progress toward program milestones, to reduce complexity, and to simplify providers’ reporting. These modifications would allow providers to focus more closely on the advanced use of certified EHR technology to support health information exchange and quality improvement.
eCW Day: June 3 in Los Angeles: DoubleTree in Norwalk, Calif.
eClinicalWorks Day features educational and training sessions for your practice. Each week eCW will visit a new city in the U.S.There Product Specialists and Trainers will provide an afternoon of sessions about eClinicalWorks products and services, incentive programs, patient engagement strategies, and more.
eClinicalWorks Day will also provide an opportunity for you to network and connect with local eClinicalWorks users and meet with eClinicalWorks Support Representatives and Trainers.
Click here for more information on eCW webinars that can help you earn the following credits.
AMA Credit (AMA PRA Category I Credit™)- For all physicians. Antidote® Education Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AAPC Credit – For all billers and coders. A number of live webinar classes are approved by the AAPC for billers and coders.
eCW ICD-10 Training and Resources
eCW has recently posted new ICD-10 educational opportunities. This information can be found on Myeclinicalworks.com. See the page below for details on the new offerings.
Physicians Trust has also posted free webinars online here. October 1 will be here before you know it.