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Don’t Miss the Chance to Earn EHR Incentive Payments

Posted by Matthew Smith on Apr 16, 2014 11:46:00 AM
EHR, EMR, Electronic Health Record, Meaningful UseEligible Professionals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments.

Eligible professionals who begin participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program after 2014 will not be able to earn an incentive payment for that year or any subsequent year of participation.

If you choose to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the first time in 2014, you should begin your 90-day reporting period no later than July 1, 2014 and submit attestation by October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.

Note: October 1 is the attestation deadline for eligible professionals in their first year of participation to avoid the payment adjustment. However, eligible professionals who miss this deadline can still demonstrate meaningful use during the last 90-day reporting period of the year (October - December 2014) and earn an incentive payment for 2014.

Providers Who First Begin Participation in 2014 must:

To Earn Your Maximum Medicare Incentive

  • Demonstrate 90 days of Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2014 to earn up to $11,760.
  • Demonstrate a full year of Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2015 to earn up to $7,840.
  • Demonstrate a full year of Stage 2 of meaningful use in 2016 to earn up to $3,920.

If you successfully demonstrate meaningful use each year beginning in 2014, your total payment amount could be as much as $23,520.

Additional Resources

The EHR Incentive Program website offers several helpful tools and resources so you can successfully begin participation:

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

Topics: EHR, EMR, Meaningful Use, CMS, Electronic Health Record, Stage 1, Patient Engagement, Stage 2

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

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