CMS Posts Meaningful Use Stage 2 Specification Sheets

Looking for more detail on the Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements?  CMS has conveniently created specification sheets for each Meaningful Use measure.  These sheets explain in detail each numerator and denominator eligible professionals and hospitals much achieve to be eligible for the EHR Incentive Payments.  The sheets also contain the certification and standards criteria issued from [...]


eRx Hardship Exemption Request Extension

On November 1st CMS extended the time period for eligible professionals to request a hardship exemption under the e-Prescribing Incentive Program.  Those eligible professionals that have made at least 10 electronic prescriptions (eRx) between January 1, 2012-June 30, 2012 (for certain CPT codes) will not be subject to the Medicare penalties, and those that have prescribed 25 in [...]


Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rules Announced

After much delay and anticipation, the Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rules were announced late last week.  Though the primary focus of the new rules were to update (and increase) the meaningful use objectives and measures for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, significant additional components regarding the EHR Incentive Program were also included. [...]


CMS National Provider Call Regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Rules

Are you interested in learning more about the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 2 rules?  CMS will be hosting a national provider call on March 12th to review the proposed rules and the implications for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  Topics on the conference call will include: Extension of Stage 1Changes to Stage 1 [...]


CMS Releases Proposed Rule on Stage 2 Meaningful Use

CMS announced today its proposed rule (NPRM) on Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use requirements.  These requirements apply to both eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  As previously announced, and proposed within this NPRM, the onset of the Stage 2 meaningful use requirements will not [...]


EHR Contracting Tip: Attestation for AIU

Now that most states have their Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in full swing we have gotten a glimpse of what they are requiring for attesting to “adopt, implement and upgrade” aka “AIU”. As described in the CMS rules themselves, practices need to show that they have some skin in the game and have actually invested [...]


CMS Issues Sheets on Meaningful Use

CMS has issued information sheets on the meaningful use requirements. Releasing one sheet for eligible professionals and another for eligible hospitals, these sheets are designed to explain each meaningful use objective and its respective measure. The sheets provide links to each meaningful use objective and then explains the numerator and denominator requirements, attestation requirements and [...]


Washington Makes Changes To Patient Volume Calculation for Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments

Washington State recently announced a change to the Medicaid patient volume calculation related to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Previously, Washington announced that it would provide all eligible professionals and hospitals with ProviderOne data on their respective Medicaid encounters for the time period chosen by the provider. Pursuant to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program eligible [...]


Delay of Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

The Office of the National Coordinator announced July 6th at the HIT Policy Committee meeting its agreement that the Stage 2 meaningful use requirements should be delayed until 2014. This would mean that eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can attest to the Stage 1 meaningful use requirements in 2011, 2012, and [...]


CMS Issues Medicare EHR Incentive Checks

Beginning in late May, CMS began issuing Medicare EHR Incentive Payments to those providers who have successfully attested to meeting meaningful use.  Eligible Professionals who have met the meaningful use requirements can expect payment of $18,000.  (Note, Eligible Professionals that have not yet met the $24,000 Medicare allowed charges threshold will not receive a check until [...]