Meaningful Use in 2016

Don’t miss out on what’s happening in 2016 with Meaningful Use!

Providers that wait until 2016 to review what they need to be doing for meaningful use in 2016 may miss the mark!

Remember that unless you are in your first year of participating in the EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use), providers will be required to attest for the entire calendar year of 2016. Since there are certain measures that require providers to attest that the functionality was enabled the entire reporting period, there is a high risk to missing the mark. It’s all or none when it comes to meaningful use, therefore we are encouraging providers to take time to review the changes and make sure you are on track well before January 1st. Providers that wait may find it is too late!

Get Started before January 1st!

A great resource to review is this recently released overview document of what has changed in the program and what is REQUIRED in 2016:

Providers are also encouraged to keep supporting documentation at the beginning of the reporting period (January 1st) for yes/no attestation measures, for more information review the Supporting Documentation for Audit Tipsheet from CMS.

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Let us help you along the way. We have many resources available on our blog to help answer questions about the EHR Incentive Program and Meaningful Use. Click here to find previous articles.

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Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the Medicare/Medicaid programs are constantly changing, and it is the sole responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of  program requirements by consulting the authorities and documentation found directly at http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html

Important Update on CQM Reporting for 2015

Please take note of the changes to Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Reporting for 2015:

Providers participating in the EHR Incentive Program (Meaningful Use)  or electronically reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Program are required to use the 2014 eCQM Specifications for their 2015 calendar year reporting.

Run The Updater On Your Server

This important update is to notify users that McKesson has now released a software patch on 11/4/2015 for Medisoft Clinical, LytecMD, and Practice Partner that will update the CQM reporting tool from the 2013 eCQM specifications to the new 2014 eCQM Specifications. Practices must run the updater on the server to apply the patch.
If there are any questions on running this update, feel free to contact our Support department for further assistance.

Review Your Selected Reporting Measures

Depending on the specific quality measures the provider is reporting, installing the software patch alone may not be enough as a number of the measures require configuration and workflow training in order to ensure the data is being captured in a manner that the report can read the data.
We are advising all providers to both update the software and review the measures they have selected for any changes to the configuration and workflow. A new user guide was released in conjunction with this update which includes all of the details on configuration and reporting.
Access and Download the guide here: CQM Report User’s Guide 2015

Need Any Assistance? Our Trainers Can Help.

If you need assistance with configuration, implementation and training on CQMs we recommend working one-on-one with one of our Certified Trainers. Call us at (888) 799-4777 to get set up with your training.

Windows 10 Support Is Now Available For Medisoft & Lytec

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You Can Now Upgrade to Windows 10

In a recent announcement, e-MD’s stated that Windows 10 support is now available for Medisoft and Lytec users.

Using Medisoft Clinical or Lytec MD? You Still Need To Hold Off

Within the same announcement, e-MD’s stated that they currently do not support Windows 10 for Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD products. They continue to test but do not have a date for when support will be available.

Medisoft v20 Hotfix for Freezing on Startup

There is an intermittent issue with Medisoft v20 freezing on startup with some Windows 10 devices. When you upgrade to Windows 10, if you experience this problem you can download and install the Medisoft v20 Hotfix to resolve the issue.

Click here to go to our Medisoft downloads page to get the hotfix.

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Meaningful Use 2015 Final Rule Webinar Replay

Meaningful Use: What you need to know about the CMS Final Rule Changes from October 16, 2015.

In mid October, CMS created a new Final Rule to update a portion of the EHR Incentive Program.

We held a webinar on October 29, 2015 to address the changes and show how this impacts your practice if you plan to attest for Meaningful Use.

Need Meaningful Use Help?

If you need additional help, call our office to schedule some time with one of our EHR trainers and we’ll help you make it through. Call us at (888) 799-4777.

Watch The Webinar Replay Here:

It’s a long one, so block out some time to review and grab some popcorn, Redvines, and any other snacks for the show…

Read the full text of the Final Rule as published on the Federal Register website.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the EHR Incentive program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the EHR Incentive program requirements.

Meaningful Use 2015 Final Rule Webinar

Meaningful Use: What you need to know about the CMS Final Rule Changes from October 16, 2015.

This webinar was held on October 29, 2015. To watch the recording of the webinar, click here.

Join us for a live webinar hosted by AZCOMP’s EMR and Meaningful Use expert Loree Olsen.

When: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:00AM Pacific

The webinar will last approximately 60 minutes with a Q&A period.

What: Electronic Health Records Incentive Program – Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015-2017

On October 16, 2015, a final rule was published in the Federal Register that changes meaningful use Stage 1 and Stage 2 as we know it. In this webinar we will focus on what you need to know in order to report for 2015.

What we will cover:

  • The adjustment to the reporting period
  • The new outline of objectives
  • Alternate measures and exclusions
  • How these changes impact your practice and workflow

This is a great opportunity to do a self-check to ensure your practice is on track to successfully attest for 2015!

Register for the webinar!

Registration is required, and the webinar is FREE!

 

AZCOMP Technologies, along with McKesson is committed to providing the resources you need to get educated, to avoid penalties, and to earn your EHR incentives.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the EHR Incentive program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the EHR Incentive program requirements.

New WebView Setting – Patients Can Only View Lab Results or Notes AFTER Signed by Doctor

There is a new setting in WebView that stops patients from seeing lab results and notes BEFORE the provider.

This is an announcement for all users of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD. You can now set up WebView so that patients will not be able to view lab results or the notes in WebView until after the provider has reviewed and signed them.

If you have upgraded to version 11 of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical or Lytec MD, there is a patch available that will turn off viewing of unsigned lab results and notes.

To add this setting, do this:

  1. Make sure that all of your patches are up to date.
    1. To keep your patches up to date, review this User’s Guide.
    2. Or, if you have a support contract with AZCOMP, we’d be happy to help out with this. Give us a call.
  2. Add the following highlighted settings to the WebView section of the ppart.ini file.

[Webview]

Installed=OFF

TimeToSendEmailToPatCons=1200A

ViewUnsignedNotes=OFF

ViewUnsignedLabs=OFF

If you need any assistance in completing any part of this, please contact the AZCOMP support department and we’ll be happy to help you out. Contact us at (888) 799-4777.

 

Medisoft and Lytec Users Should Wait to Upgrade to Windows 10

This post has been replaced. Windows 10 support for Medisoft and Lytec is now available.  Click here to read the new post.

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Customers who are considering upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10 need to wait.

Microsoft has announced that it will release Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. Customers who are using the following products should NOT upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released:

  • Medisoft
  • Lytec
  • Medisoft Clinical
  • Lytec MD
  • Practice Partner

DO NOT use Windows 10 until McKesson has announced that the Medisoft, Medisoft Clinical, Lytec, Lytec MD and Practice Partner products are supported on Windows 10. For more information on the current list of supported operating systems, please visit our website.

Medisoft system requirements.

Lytec system requirements.

Please stay tuned for future posts announcing the target release date on the Windows 10 certification for the above products.

Updated Stage 2 Summary of Care FAQ Provides Guidance on Measure #3

Updated Information on Measure #3 for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has notified us of updated information regarding Meaningful Use Stage 2. We understand that this is a concern for many of our providers so we want you to be aware of this latest announcement (read below for the announcement).

In addition to this accouncement, please be aware that we are all still waiting for the final rule on the proposed changes to Meaningful Use Stage 2 that was published April 15, 2015. The public comment period for the proposed changes closed on June 15, 2015 and we are still waiting for the final rule to be published. You can view the summary CMS posted to their website here.

We will continue to keep everyone up to date when we receive any announcements or changes to meaningful use.

Discontinuation of NIST EHR-Randomizer Application; Effective July 1

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, CMS has recently updated an FAQ about Stage 2 Summary of Care objective. We encourage you to stay informed by taking a few minutes to review the new information below.

Question: When reporting on the Summary of Care objective in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, how can eligible professionals and eligible hospitals meet measure 3 if they are unable to complete a test with the CMS designated test EHR (Randomizer)?

Answer: CMS is aware of difficulties related to systems issues that eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) are having in use of the CMS Designated Test EHRs (NIST EHR-Randomizer Application) to meet measure 3 of the Stage 2 Summary of Care objective, therefore, we will be discontinuing this option effective July 1, 2015.

Providers may still meet the Stage 2 Summary of Care objective measure #3 by using one of the following actions:

  1. Exchange a summary of care with a provider or third party who has a different CEHRT as the sending provider as part of the 10% threshold for measure #2 (allowing the provider to meet the criteria for measure #3 without the CMS Designated Test EHR). This exchange may be conducted outside of the EHR reporting period timeframe, but must take place no earlier than the start of the year and no later than the end of the EHR reporting year or the attestation date, whichever occurs first.
  2. If providers do not exchange summary of care documents with recipients using a different CEHRT in common practice, they may retain documentation on their circumstances and attest “Yes” to meeting measure #3 if they have and are using a certified EHR which meets the standards required to send a CCDA (170.202).

For more information, visit the frequently asked questions page on the CMS website.

Have questions? Be sure to ask them in the comments below.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the EHR Incentive program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the EHR Incentive program requirements.

2016 EHR Hardship Exception Applications Due

News Updates From CMS: Medicare Eligible Professionals –  To Avoid 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustments, Take Action by July 1

This information was sent to us in an email from CMS dated May 14, 2015.

Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

The hardship exception applications and instructions for an individual and for multiple Medicare eligible professionals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website, and outline the specific types of circumstances that CMS considers to be barriers to achieving meaningful use, and how to apply.

To file a hardship exception, you must:

  • Show proof of a circumstance beyond your control.
  • Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet meaningful use.

Supporting documentation must also be provided for certain hardship exception categories. CMS will review applications to determine whether or not a hardship exception should be granted.

You do not need to submit a hardship application if you:

  • are a newly practicing eligible professional
  • are hospital-based: a provider is considered hospital-based if he or she provides more than 90% of their covered professional services in either an inpatient (Place of Service 21) or emergency department (Place of Service 23), and certain observation services using Place of Service 22; or
  • Eligible professionals with certain PECOS specialties (05-Anesthesiology, 22-Pathology, 30-Diagnostic Radiology, 36-Nuclear Medicine, 94-Interventional Radiology)

CMS will use Medicare data to determine your eligibility to be automatically granted a hardship exception.

Apply by July 1

As a reminder, the application must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1, 2015 to be considered.

If approved, the exception is valid for the 2016 payment adjustment only. If you intend to claim a hardship exception for a subsequent payment adjustment year, a new application must be submitted for the appropriate year.

In addition, providers who are not considered eligible professionals under the Medicare program are not subject to payment adjustments and do not need to submit an application. Those types of providers include:

  • Medicaid only
  • No claims to Medicare
  • Hospital-based

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
Visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the programs.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for eligible professionals. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the Medicare program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the Medicare program requirements.

REMINDER: Final Surescripts Compliance Deadline

This is a reminder of the Surescripts 10.6 Sunset Policy for Routing and Medication History

If you are currently using an older version of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical or Lytec MD, and if you plan to continue to send Routing (New e-prescriptions and Refill Requests), Medication History, or Eligibility transactions, you have until June 30th, 2015 to upgrade to an EMR that is compliant with the Surescripts 10.6 protocol.

The compliant versions of EMR that we have available for you are Practice Partner v11.0, Medisoft Clinical v19 SP1, and Lytec MD 2014 SP1.  No previous versions of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical or Lytec MD are/will be compliant with the Surescripts requirement.

The Surescripts 10.6 Protocol

The Surescripts 10.6 Sunset Policy for Routing and Medication History is that Surescripts will reject all pre 10.6 or 4010 transactions starting on July 1, 2015.  Users of Medisoft Clinical, Lytec MD and Practice Partner EMR systems have until June 30th, 2015 to upgrade to one of the compliant EMR versions.

Reminder About ICD-10

In addition to the Surescripts requirement, ICD-10 is still scheduled to be implemented in October 1, 2015.  Practices using older versions of Practice Partner, Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD will need to be on these same updated releases in order to be ready for ICD-10.  So even if you are not affected or using e-prescribing, but continuing to use older versions, those versions will not support ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015.

Please contact us at (888) 799-4777 if you have any questions or need any help on this matter.

Disclaimer: AZCOMP Technologies, Inc, (AZCOMP) is providing this material as an informational reference for healthcare providers. Although every reasonable effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information within these pages at the time of posting, the Medicare/Medicaid programs are constantly changing, and it is the sole responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of  program requirements by consulting the authorities and directly from their the source