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New Download: Meaningful Use In 2014--Changes to Stage 1 & Challenges for Stage 2

Posted by Matthew Smith on Mar 19, 2014 11:45:00 AM

Download, Meaningful Use, EHR, Stage 1, Stage 2CMS published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 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. All providers must achieve meaningful use under the Stage 1 criteria before moving to Stage 2.

This new download from Health Directions will help readers learn about the changes to Stage 1 in 2014 and understand the challenges confronting providers in Stage 2.

Specific content includes:

  • Updated stateus of CMS EHR Incentive Program
  • Financial Impact of Non-Participation in the EHR Incentive Program
  • Changes to EMR Technology Certification
  • Stage 1 Changes
  • Stage 2 Overview
  • Core Measures: Stage 1 vs. Stage 2
  • Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs)
  • CQM Reporting Period
  • Reporting Options for Providers
  • Stage 2 Challenges and Solutions
  • Implementing a Patient Portal
  • Engaging Your Patients
  • Changing Behavior
  • Program Audits

Simply click the button, below, to access the download.

Meaningful Use, Stage 1, Stage 2, EHR, EMR

Topics: EHR, EMR, Meaningful Use, CMS, Stage 1, Patient Engagement, CQM, Stage 2

Free Webinar: Implementing Quality-Based Programs in a Medical Practice

Posted by Matthew Smith on Jan 28, 2014 4:47:00 PM

Health Directions, Webinar


Wednesday January 29, 2014

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

Beginning this year, the reporting of clinical quality measures (CQMs) has changed for all providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

All providers will be required to report CQMs, based on the new criteria, in order to demonstrate Stage 1 and Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

Target Audiences:

  • Providers
  • Physician Office Practice Managers
  • Nurses
  • Quality Improvement Staff
  • Health IT Personnel


This webinar will:

  • Provide information on Clinical Quality Measuresto facilitate reporting quality data reporting for Meaningful Use and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) programs
  • Use a case study to demonstrate how to implement a quality-based program


Lucy Zielinski, CCSP, Vice President of Health Directions, LLC

Zielinski has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of practice management, population health management, clinical integration, physician alignment, PQRS and PCMH initiatives. She has a broad background in practice management and is well recognized for her ability to assist physicians in making and executing complex business decisions. She has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of practice management from business operations to quality programs.

Cindy Barrett, LPN, Senior Associate of Health Directions, LLC

With more than 30 years of clinical experience in the ambulatory environment, Barrett collaborates with EMR implementation support teams to facilitate and build process, workflows, post-implementation support and optimization as it applies to the EMR module. She is recognized for her expertise in EMR clinical workflow analyses, technical EMR system builds, training oversight, and practice support during pre-implementation, implementation, go-live and post go-live. Additionally, Barrett works with health care teams on several quality reporting programs, including Meaningful Use, PQRS and PCMH initiatives.


Topics: EHR, Electronic Health Records, Health Directions, CQM, Webinar, Telligen, Lucy Zielinski, Cindy Barrett

How to Participate in the 2013 PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot

Posted by Matthew Smith on Sep 17, 2013 3:40:00 PM

PQRS, EHRCMS has released a new fact sheet on how to participate in the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Pilot Program. The PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot Program allows eligible professionals to meet the clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting requirements for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program while also reporting for the PQRS program by submitting their CQM data electronically.

PQRS-Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot Participation

Eligible professionals who wish to participate in the electronic reporting pilot must submit 12 months of CQM data. Participants must submit the data between January 1, 2014 and February 28, 2014. Below are steps to guide you through participation in the pilot.

  1. Determine eligibility for participation in PQRS and the EHR Incentive Programs
  2. Indicate intent to participate in the pilot program through the EHR Incentive Program Attestation Module
  3. Determine which clinical quality measures apply 
  4. Verify your EHR/data submission vendor is PQRS-qualified and your EHR is certified
  5. If you are not using a data submission vendor, register for an IACS account (for direct EHR submission only) 
  6. Document patient information in EHR system 
  7. Generate required reporting files 
  8. Test data submission
  9. Submit quality data by February 28, 2014 

-By data submission vendor, OR 
-Directly through your EHR

10. Complete EHR Incentive Program attestation by February 28, 2014 

Opting Out

If you signed up for the electronic reporting pilot, but are unable to continue or determine that you no longer wish to participate, you may opt-out and complete your attestation through the EHR Incentive Program Attestation System. If you have questions please contact the QualityNet Help Desk:

  • By Phone: 866-288-8912 (available 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday, TTY 877-715-6222) 
  • By e-mail at

Receiving Payment

If you complete the pilot, successfully attesting to meaningful use and submitting your PQRS data properly, you should receive a payment for your 2013 participation in both PQRS and the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Payment will not be received prior to 2014, as you must submit 12 months of CQM data (Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013).

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs or PQRS?

Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs. You can also visit the PQRS Incentive Program website or contact the Help Desk.


Topics: EHR, Medicare, CMS, PQRS, CQM

Timing of Quality Reporting Alignment at CMS

Posted by Matthew Smith on May 7, 2013 12:09:00 PM

CMS, ReportingIn order to reduce the burden of multiple quality reporting initiatives, CMS is working to align quality measurement across programs. As part of the eHealth initiative, CMS has created a timeline of quality measurement alignment for both eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals.

This timeline includes upcoming activities that CMS is taking or that EPs and eligible hospitals can take to prepare for this alignment.

For Eligible Hospitals
By 2013:

  • Complete alignment of Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (HVBP) and Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program CQMs reported on Hospital Compare.
  • Implement the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Electronic Reporting Pilot for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals. (Note: This electronic reporting pilot will be the basis for electronic reporting in other reporting programs.)

By 2014:

  • IQR will introduce EHR-based reporting. Additional details will be included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule that is targeted for publication later this year.

Beyond 2014:

  • CQMs will be transitioned to electronic EHR-based reporting in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, and then to IQR and other hospital reporting programs.

For EPs
By 2013:

  • Individual EPs: Implement the PQRS-EHR Incentive Program Pilot (Note: EPs can fulfill the CQM component of meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as well as PQRS if reported using QRDA I).

Group Practices:

  • Align PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) web interface CQMs with those in the ACO GPRO measure set and the Physician Value-Based Modifier (VBM) GPRO measure set.
  • Align PQRS with the VBM, whereby the quality component of the 2015 VBM for group practices with 100 or more EPs that elect quality tiering will be based on the groups' performance on PQRS measures.

By 2014:

  • Individual EPs: PQRS EHR reporting options align, including CQMs, reporting criteria, and reporting mechanism in the calendar year 2013 Physician Fee Schedule and the Stage 2 rules for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.
  • Group Practices: Group practices participating in the PQRS GPRO or Medicare ACOs using certified EHR technology and reporting via the GPRO web interface fulfill the requirement of the CQM component of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs.

Group practices can also report the CQMs as a group directly to CMS to fulfill the requirement of the CQM component of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Program.

Learn more about quality program alignment efforts at CMS by visiting

Meaningful Use, Meaningful Use Incentives

Topics: EHR, CMS, PQRS, CQM, GPRO, Eligible Hospitals, Eligible Professionals

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