On November 1st the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made an adjustment to the 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Program’s payment exemptions. CMS’ adjustment finalized two new e-Prescribing hardship exemption categories pertaining to the EHR Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Program in the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule. The new eRx hardship exemptions from CMS are as follows:
- Eligible professionals who achieve meaningful use during certain eRx timeframes. For the 2013 eRx payment adjustment, this will include any eligible professional who achieved meaningful use during January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and has attested to this by January 31, 2013.
- Eligible professionals who demonstrate intent to participate in the EHR Incentive Program and adoption of Certified EHR Technology by registering for the EHR Incentive Program by January 31, 2013. Please note: EHR Incentive Program participants must provide their entire EHR Certification Number in the CMS EHR Certification ID field during registration to receive this hardship.
Prior to the adjustments made on November 1st to the eRx incentive program, CMS was acting unfairly toward many eligible professionals who were trying diligently to implement the e-Prescribing program. CMS required the use of G codes in healthcare claims to prove that providers were compliant with e-Prescribing, and then also made those very same providers attest to the utilization of eRx as part of Meaningful Use. In one of our previous blog posts titled, “Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars Lost in Penalties — Is that motivation enough?”, we stated that the “incentive” programs are, “really penalty programs with just a taste of incentive in the early years.” Healthcare stakeholders obviously felt the same as we did, and with this adjustment CMS is attempting to rectify the unfairness. Eligible professionals now only need to register or attest for the EHR Incentive Program by January 31, 2013 to avoid penalty, even if they did not use the G code method of attesting to eRx use. However, if an eligible professional previously registered for the EHR Incentive Program but did not supply the EHR Certification Number for their EHR product at that time, and has not since achieved meaningful use, they need to go back and add that piece of information to their registration before January 31, 2013.
CMS is listening to feedback from vendors and providers alike, this adjustment is evidence of that. Be sure to double check if you qualify for the new eRx exemptions, and join HealthFusion in the evolving conversation with CMS. You can always stay current on industry news and happenings with HealthFusion’s EHR Blog.
Today, August 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) released the Final Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2. With regard to timing most of the Stage 2 Rule is what we expected and planned upon, such as the delay of Stage 2 until 2014. However, there was one element of the final rule that pleasantly surprised even us, and should do the same for our MediTouch users. Continue reading…
Much has happened since the last time we reported on the state of the EHR/EMR and Healthcare IT landscape. This week we will attempt to summarize some of the major events impacting current and potential MediTouch EHR users.
Time Is Running Out to Earn Meaningful Use Incentives
As we’ve stated in a previous blog post, the Meaningful Use train is leaving the station, so time is running out to maximize the full Meaningful Use incentive payments for first year users. October 1 is the last day any practice can begin the Meaningful Use of an EHR if they want to receive their full Meaningful Use incentive payment Continue reading…
A recent article from InformationWeek Healthcare detailed the sentiment of many healthcare providers in search of an EHR/EMR system and vendor, as relayed by Mark Wagner, senior research director for KLAS, a health IT advisory firm. One provider was able to sum up the feelings of the collective:
“I want a system that can be customized but that doesn’t take an IT expert to do it. I want a system that meets meaningful use and has a PM [practice management] system to accompany it. I would love a system that meshes with our specialty without having to modify it too much. Lastly, I want an affordable system that keeps up with all the mandates pushed on our specialty and yet does not slow down our productivity.” Continue reading…
The news this week for the EHR/EMR industry is quite good. Recently released statistics show that EHR/EMR adoption continues to grow, and the benefits of electronic health records are showing up through the improved quality of patient care.
EHR/EMR Adoption Enhanced Patient Care
The CDC’s Center for National Health Statistics (CNHS) recently released the results of their 2011 Physician Workflow Services regarding EHR/EMR adoption; the study was sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). As of 2011, 55% of physicians surveyed have already adopted an electronic health record. Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, stated in his blog on July 18, “This data shows that EHRs are taking hold among a larger number of providers who believe that the use of technology leads to better, safer, more coordinated health care.”
Not only have a record number of doctors adopted an EHR/EMR system, at least 85% of those surveyed said they were satisfied with their EHR/EMR system. Two-thirds (71%) of the surveyed adopters said they would purchase their EHR/EMR system again. But beyond the record number of EHR/EMR adopters in 2011 and their overall satisfaction with their system, EHRs/EMRs are also enhancing patient care. Continue reading…