Meaningful Use

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Submission Period

BREAKING NEWS:
CMS announced on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, that it will extend the submission period for hardship exceptions applications for eligible professionals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of CEHRT.  The previous deadline for eligible professionals was July 1 2014, but this is now extended until 11:59 PM EST November 30 2014. 

Meaningful Use & Certified Medical Assistants: The Truth Regarding CPOE

On August 23,2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ruled that only “credentialed medical assistants” – including CMA’s (AAMA) – would be allowed to enter medication, laboratory, and radiology orders into the computerized provider order entry system for meaningful use purposes for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Medical Assistants that are not certified cannot participate in entering orders into the EHR. for meaningful use purposes, but there is a way for them to become qualified with Assessment-Based Recognition in Order Entry.

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Avoiding a Medicare Payment Adjustment in 2015

Eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year. EPs must demonstrate meaningful use prior to 2015 to avoid payment adjustments.  Determine how your EHR Incentive Program participation start year will affect the 2015 payment adjustments:
 

Avoiding Meaningful Use Payment Adjustments

Eligible professionals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year. Eligible professionals must demonstrate meaningful use prior to 2015 to avoid payment adjustments.
Determine how your EHR Incentive Program participation start year will affect the 2015 payment adjustments:

Prepare Now: Meaningful Use Stage 2

2014 is bringing about a bunch of changes in order to meet requirements for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.  Are you aware of what these changes are?  Is your practice ready for Stage 2?  Now is the time to invest in determining whether or not your EHR will comply, whether your providers are ready for this and whether you will earn incentive monies in 2014.  Everyone goes back to a 90-day reporting period, although it will be based on a calendar quarter rather than an 90 days you so choose.

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