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2015-2017 Meaningful Use Attestation & Audit Resources

Attestation Resources Before you attest, use this resource to organize your information and make sure your attestation will be successful: 2015 Eligible Professional (EP) Attestation Worksheet Hospital Attestation resources are available at...

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2016 Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Hospitals

Overview of the Program As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress established payment adjustments under Medicare for eligible hospitals that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology. Eligible hospitals that do not...

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Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrasctructure of APMs

This article summarizes the work of the Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group that met on Nov. 5, 2015, to discuss which technologies and tools would need to be certified as part of the HIT infrastructure for alternative payment models (APMs) set to take effect for providers in 2019...

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CMS eHealth University

CMS provides a set of fact sheets and tutorials for every provider’s level of familiarity with EHR and PQRS, including beginners, intermediates, and advanced users at eHealth University, its learning portal. This introductory video explains CMS eHealth and its eHealth University.

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CMS Final Rule on CEHRT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final rule, allowing 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. Download the PDF.

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Collection to Action: How to Manage Data for Better Patient Outcomes

The American Pharmacists Association issued a comprehensive article on how hospital pharmacists can use data to improve care featuring tangible examples.

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eCQI Resource Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created what it calls a one-stop shop for the most current resources supporting electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI).

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EHR for Eligible Professionals: What You Need to Know for 2015 Tipsheet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a tipsheet entitled, EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals: What You Need to Know for 2015. This helps providers master the final rule recently published on criteria related to CMS Incentive Programs.

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EHR Incentive Program Listserv Subscription Form

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a listerv subscription page, allowing easing access to alerts and updates regarding the EHR Incentive Program.

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EHR Incentive Program Past Requirements and Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created a new webpage on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs website containing all the program requirements and resources for previous years' EHR Incentive Programs. The webpage includes information on: 2014 Definition of Stage...

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EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Hospitals & CAHs: What You Need to Know for 2015 Tipsheet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a tipsheet entitled, EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Hospitals & CAHs: What You Need to Know for 2015. This helps hospitals master the final rule recently published on criteria related to CMS Incentive Programs.

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a tipsheet entitled, EHR Incentive Programs: 2015-2017 (Modified Stage 2) Overview. This helps providers and hospitals master the final rule recently published on criteria related to CMS Incentive Programs in 2015–2017 (Modified...

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Electronic Health Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines electronic health record reporting.

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ePSS Application (iPhone)

The Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS) is an application designed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to assist primary care clinicians identify the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.

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Fact Sheet: EHR Incentive Program and Health IT Certification Program Final Rule

Here is the fact sheet on the final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the EHR Incentive Program and Health IT Certification Program.

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Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Info

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has prepared a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. The intent of the Guide is to help health care providers—especially Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Covered Entities and Medicare Eligible Professionals from smaller organizations―better understand how to integrate federal health information privacy and security requirements into their practices. This new version of the Guide provides updated information about compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs’ privacy and security requirements as well as the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

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Higher EHR Adoption Engenders Better Quality Care

A new report from HIMSS Analytics reveals that hospitals with higher levels of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health IT use are more likely to produce better quality care with lower mortality rates.

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How to Attain Meaningful Use

HealthIT.gov has assembled a summary on Meaningful Use attainment, describing the criteria differences between all stages.

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How to Get Patients to Access Your Patient Portal

This is a blog post with easy-to-understand tips on how to engage patients in the portal selection process and how to attract them once it is built.

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How to Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use

The National Learning Consortium provides a fact sheet on How to Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement and Meet Meaningful Use Requirements.

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Legislation Calls for New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015 (HR 3940) which would give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special authority relative to meaningful use hardship exceptions in the current 2015 reporting year. This news article details...

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Meaningful Use (MU) > Eligible Professional Guide to Stage 2 MU

The Eligible Professional's Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs is 49-slide .pdf presentation produced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Missing EHR Data Rises to Top 10 List of Medical Technology Hazards to Patient Safety Missing

This is a summary of the ECRI Institute’s top ten list of healthcare technology hazards that cause the most ADEs or near misses that jeopardize patient safety. This year the report delved into EHR-related issues, such as mismatched patient record data, missing or delayed access to data, clock...

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National Learning Consortium Fact Sheet: Using Patient Portals in Ambulatory Care Settings

The National Learning Consortium (of HealthIT.gov) has designed a fact sheet for providers on how patient portals may be used in the ambulatory setting. The benefits of patient portals include increasing access, empowering patients, supporting care between visits, and improving health outcomes. Learn the all details by reading the fact sheet.

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National Learning Consortium's Fact Sheet: How to Optimize Patient Portals for Patient Engagement and Meaningful Use

The National Learning Consortium (of HealthIT.gov) has designed a handy PDF fact sheet describing how to best optimize patient portals for patient engagement and meet meaningful use.

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National Learning Consortium's Frequently Asked Questions About the Patient Portal

The National Learning Consortium (of HealthIT.gov) has designed an FAQ fact sheet (Word document) designed to help providers with the hows and whys of patient portal creation.

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ONC Relases Patient, Provider Resources for Patient Engagement

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT released two tools to connect patients with their data, a set of consumer-facing videos to educate patients on their data-access rights, and a provider-directed “Patient Engagement Playbook” to guide providers in implementing patient...

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Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals. This helps providers understand the payment adjustments that will be applied beginning on January 1, 2015.

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Public Health Measure: Register Intent Deadline is March 1

Reminder: Deadline for Eligible Professionals to Register Intent for a Public Health Measure is March 1 If you are an eligible professional (EP) participating in the Medicare or Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and are planning to meet one of the Stage 2 public health...

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Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule Change

On March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its proposed rule change for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, available for download in .pdf format. The comment period on the rule will extend to May 29. The proposed rule is also available at the Federal Register.

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Tactical Step-By-Step Instructions for Using EHR for Better Population Health Management

This article describes how providers can turn population health data into meaningful chronic disease management.

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The Final Stage Of Meaningful Use Rules: Will EHRs Finally Pay Off?

The Health Affairs Blog provides a cogent summary of where the Meaningful Use program has been and where it is heading, particularly in light of Stage 3.

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Updates for Rural Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided updates effective January 4, 2016 for Rural Health Centers (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to instruct Medicare Administrative Contractors how to bill for Chronic Care Management. Specifics of the CCM service and...

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