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2015 Medicare Electronic Record Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Critical Access Hospitals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a 2015 Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). These adjustments are stipulated by Congress for CAHs that are not meaningful users of Certified EHR Technology...

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2016 Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Hospitals

Overview of the Program As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress established payment adjustments under Medicare for eligible hospitals that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology. Eligible hospitals that do not...

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Beyond Electronic Health Records: HIT Infrasctructure of APMs

This article summarizes the work of the Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use Work Group that met on Nov. 5, 2015, to discuss which technologies and tools would need to be certified as part of the HIT infrastructure for alternative payment models (APMs) set to take effect for providers in 2019...

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CMS eHealth University

CMS provides a set of fact sheets and tutorials for every provider’s level of familiarity with EHR and PQRS, including beginners, intermediates, and advanced users at eHealth University, its learning portal. This introductory video explains CMS eHealth and its eHealth University.

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CMS Final Rule on CEHRT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its final rule, allowing providers participating in the EHR Incentive programs to use the 2011 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for calendar and fiscal year 2014. Download the PDF.

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Collection to Action: How to Manage Data for Better Patient Outcomes

The American Pharmacists Association issued a comprehensive article on how hospital pharmacists can use data to improve care featuring tangible examples.

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eCQI Resource Center

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created what it calls a one-stop shop for the most current resources supporting electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI).

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EHR Incentive Program Listserv Subscription Form

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created a listerv subscription page, allowing easing access to alerts and updates regarding the EHR Incentive Program.

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Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Info

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has prepared a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information. The intent of the Guide is to help health care providers—especially Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Covered Entities and Medicare Eligible Professionals from smaller organizations―better understand how to integrate federal health information privacy and security requirements into their practices. This new version of the Guide provides updated information about compliance with the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs’ privacy and security requirements as well as the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

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How to Get Patients to Access Your Patient Portal

This is a blog post with easy-to-understand tips on how to engage patients in the portal selection process and how to attract them once it is built.

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Legislation Calls for New Meaningful Use Hardship Exception

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015 (HR 3940) which would give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special authority relative to meaningful use hardship exceptions in the current 2015 reporting year. This news article details...

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Tactical Step-By-Step Instructions for Using EHR for Better Population Health Management

This article describes how providers can turn population health data into meaningful chronic disease management.

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