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Practice Partner 11.2 EHR Earns ONC Health IT Certification

eMDs announces that Practice Partner v11.2 has earned the ONC Health IT Certification from the Drummond Group LLC

Practice Partner is an all-in-one EHR and Practice Management program offered by eMDs and sold by AZCOMP Technologies. On January 8, 2019, eMDs announced that Practice Partner achieved Office of the National Coordinator for HEalth Information Technology (ONC-Health-IT) 2015 Edition Health IT Module Certification through the an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) named Drummond Group LLC. Drummond Group LLC is a certification group, authorized to test software for compliance with the requirements of the federal government’s program. This certifies that the software offers the functionality that enables eligible providers and hospitals to meet the requirements of various regulatory programs that require use of certified EHR technology.

To read more about this announcement, please visit eMDs website here: http://www.e-mds.com/news/emds-practice-partner-112-earns-onc-health-it-certification-drummond-group-llc.

AZCOMP Technologies is proud to have this certified software to provide to its customers. This is a good solution for our customers who are looking for a very stable and powerful program with a lot of customization options, and that runs on a server. Practice Partner, along with Medisoft Clinical and Lytec MD, is a technology that is trusted and has been proven nationwide to help independent practices and healthcare providers to be productive, to be profitable, and most importantly helps to deliver the best care to their patients.

About AZCOMP Technologies

AZCOMP Technologies is the industry leader and expert in Practice Partner EHR, Medisoft Clinical EHR, and Lytec MD EHR software, training, support and more for independent medical practices and medical billing companies. We offer electronic health records, practice management systems, revenue cycle management solutions, fully management IT services for computers and networking, security and HIPAA compliance for physicians and medical practices and other small businesses. We have also been the #1 eMDs reseller in the nation since 2005. For more information please visit www.azcomp.com.

About eMDs

eMDs is a leading provider of healthy solutions for healthy patients, healthy practices, and healthy partners. We offer integrated electronic health records, practice management software, revenue cycle management solutions, and credentialing services for physician practices and enterprises. Founded and continually influenced by physicians, the company is an industry leader for usable, connected software and services that enhance physician productivity and focus on patients with superior clinical and financial experience. eMDs software has received top rankings in physician and industry surveys including those conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Family Practice Management, American EHR Partners, MedScape, and Black Book. For more information please visit www.emds.com.

CMS Extends (PQRS) Deadline for EHR Submission

CMS Extends Deadline for 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Submission

***(This is an email we received from CMS March 13th 2017)***

CMS extends the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (DSVs) now have until Friday, March 31, 2017 to submit 2016 EHR data via QRDA. The deadline is extended to March 31, 2017 for EPs to electronically report electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQMs) for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Please Note: The deadline for eCQM data submission for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program and to meet the electronic reporting of Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) portion of the EHR Incentive Program is Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The deadline for reporting via attestation and Meaningful Use objective and measure submission for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

A complete list of 2016 data submission timeframes is below:

March 13, 2017 deadline:

  • eCQM reporting for hospitals – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17
  • CQM reporting via attestation – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17
  • Meaningful Use objectives and measures – 1/3/17 – 3/13/17

March 17, 2017 deadline:

  • Web Interface – 1/16/17 – 3/17/17

March 31, 2017 deadlines:

  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor (QRDA I or III) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
  • Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QRDA III) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
  • Qualified Registries (Registry XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
  • QCDRs (QCDR XML) – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17
  • eCQM reporting for EPs – 1/3/17 – 3/31/17

Submission ends at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the end date listed for PQRS reporting. An Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account with the “Submitter Role” is required for these PQRS data submission methods. Please see the EIDM System Toolkit for additional information.

EPs who do not satisfactorily report 2016 quality measure data to meet the PQRS requirements will be subject to a downward PQRS payment adjustment on all Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) services rendered in 2018. For questions, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 or via email at Qnetsupport@hcqis.org from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Complete information about PQRS is available here.

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 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.

Tell me more…

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

New Meaningful Use Guide for 2015

New Meaningful Use Guide for 2015

This notice is intended for McKesson Practice Choice Users participating in the EHR Incentive Program.

In response to the recent changes to the Meaningful Use Program (Modified Stage 2), McKesson has released a 2015 Meaningful Use Attestation Guide. This guide is intended to be a companion to information on CMS site as well as details in McKesson Practice Choice’s online Help for past reporting years.

Here’s a preview of what will be discussed in this guide:

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You can access the guide by Clicking Here.

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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.

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.

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.

Medicare Eligible Professionals: Take Action by July 1 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustment

News Updates from CMS Regarding Meaningful Use And Hardship Exceptions

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 EHR Incentive program is constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the EHR Incentive program requirements.

 

Congress Passes Historic Medicare Reform

Bipartisan Bill Headed to President’s Desk for Signature

(The content of this post is from a letter received from McKesson on April 15, 2015 as a McKesson Public Affairs ALERT.)

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Yesterday, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2 which reforms the Medicare physician payment system, helps slow healthcare cost growth, and extends healthcare coverage for children. The measure also passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 392 to 37. The President plans to sign the bill.

The passage of these critical reforms is both substantively and politically important.  The measure avoids the threat of draconian cuts to Medicare providers. Politically, the bipartisan negotiating process and the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote show that in the newly controlled Republican Congress both parties can work together to get things done.

McKesson has advocated for these Medicare reforms in recent years and strongly supports this measure as it will have a positive impact on our physician customers and business partners.

What is the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)?

Medicare payments to physicians are determined under a formula, commonly referred to as the “Sustainable Growth Rate” (SGR).  SGR was first passed into law in 1997 and intended to control physician spending by linking it to the nation’s economic growth.  The formula has called for reductions in physician payment rates since 2002, but Congress has spent nearly $150 billion in 17 short term patches to avoid the cuts.  The most recent patch was to expire on March 31st.  If Congress hadn’t acted, providers would have received a 21% reimbursement rate cut in April.

For several years, a bipartisan group of legislators had been working to permanently reform the SGR formula, but an agreement had proved politically elusive.  However, a few weeks ago, Speaker Boehner and Democratic Leader Pelosi announced they had reached a deal.

What Does the Bill Do?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2) returns certainty to Medicare reimbursement, incentivizes quality and value, slows the growth of health care spending, and extends health coverage for children.  Specifically, the bill:

  • Reforms the Medicare physician payment system by providing a 0.5% annual increase for Medicare providers for the next four years;
  • Transitions to an incentive-based payment system in 2019 with potential for increased payment rates for providers participating in alternative payment models based on patient outcomes;
  • Requires Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to be interoperable by 2018 and prohibits providers from deliberately blocking information sharing with other EHR vendor products;
  • Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Community Health Centers for an additional two years, and
  • Extends for six months a moratorium on enforcement of the “two-midnight” rule for short inpatient hospital stays.

What Does This Mean for McKesson Customers?

The guaranteed payment increase over the next four years will introduce mid-term stability and predictability for Medicare providers before they are transitioned to a new value-based system. The bill also supports providers as they navigate participation in alternative payment models, with the potential for increased reimbursement rates.

Though hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation centers will only see a base pay increase of 1% in 2018, about half of the increase without passage of the legislation, they largely backed the bill. In a letter, the American Hospital Association commended Congress for delaying cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program an additional year, until 2018, and extending the partial enforcement delay on Medicare’s “two-midnight” policy for an additional 6 months.

This bill is also good news for hospitals, clinics, and providers who treat children enrolled in the CHIP program; without the two year extension, approximately two million children would lose access to healthcare, and more than eight million children could lose access to specialty care.

Finally, the bill requires EHRs to be interoperable by 2018 and prohibits providers from deliberately blocking information sharing with other EHR vendor products.  It also leverages EHRs for quality reporting and requires the exchange of healthcare information to manage patient care across care settings.

For More Information

To read more about this legislation, see the official House Energy and Commerce Committee detailed summary here.