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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.

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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

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.

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.

 

Submit Your Comments on Stage 3 & 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria NPRMs

Check out this eHealth News Update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Stage 3 NPRM Comment Period Now Open: Submit by May 29

CMS and ONC invite the public to submit comments on the recently released notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) on Stage 3 requirements and EHR technology certified to the 2015 Edition for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Comments must be received by May 29 to be considered.

About the NPRMs
The CMS NPRM specifies the Stage 3 requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the EHR Incentive Programs. ONC’s proposed rule outlines the certification and standards to help providers meet the proposed Stage 3 requirements with EHR technology certified to the 2015 Edition.

If finalized, the rules would allow providers more flexibility for reporting by:

  • Establishing a single, aligned reporting period for providers based on the calendar year
  • Aligning quality data for reporting via a single submission method for multiple CMS programs
  • Simplifying meaningful use reporting requirements to eight objectives that focus on advanced use of EHR technology and quality improvement

The Stage 3 proposed rule’s scope is limited to the requirements and criteria for meaningful use in 2017 and beyond. CMS is pursuing additional changes to meaningful use beginning in 2015 through separate rulemaking.

How to Submit Comments
The public can submit comments in several ways, including via electronic submission or mail:

  1. Electronically
  2. By regular mail
  3. By express or overnight mail
  4. By hand or courier

View the Stage 3 and 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria proposed rules online for more information. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm ET on May 29, 2015 in order to be considered.

For More Information
For more information on the Stage 3 and 2015 Edition Certification Criteria proposed rules, review the press release and fact sheet

CMS Listens To Input From Health Care Providers

CMS Announces Intent to Engage in Rulemaking for EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015

***(This is a repost of an email we received from CMS January 29, 2015)

ehr incentive program logoThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements.

In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs:

  1. Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software
  2. Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs
  3. Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden

These proposed changes reflect the Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to creating a health information technology infrastructure that:

  • Elevates patient-centered care
  • Improves health outcomes
  • Supports the providers who care for patients

While CMS intends to pursue these changes through rulemaking, they will not be included in the pending Stage 3 proposed rule. CMS intends to limit the scope of the pending proposed rule to Stage 3 and meaningful use in 2017 and beyond.

To read Dr. Conway’s blog on this announcement, go to: http://blog.cms.gov/.
 

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.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips

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With 2014 all wrapped up many providers are eager to attest for Meaningful Use under the EHR Incentive Program  and our phone lines are ringing with calls from managers and providers as they begin filling out their attestations online. We’ve put together the following list of reminders and best practices, that when followed can make attestation a breeze!

Prior to attesting AZCOMP recommends that Eligible Providers:

  1. Run the Performance Metrics Report for the Stage and Reporting Period you will be attesting for. In 2014, unless it is your first year attesting for meaningful use you will select one quarter of the year as your reporting period (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, Oct-Dec). Eligible Providers attesting for the first time in 2014 can select any continuous 90 day reporting period.If you are unsure which Stage you are attesting for this year we recommend first determining which Stage you were originally scheduled to attest to by completing the EHR Participation Timeline Tool. Once you know which Stage you were scheduled to attest for this year, if you were unable to fully implement 2014 CEHRT and will be attesting under the Flexibility Rule you can complete the Flexibility Rule Decision Tool to determine what your options are for attesting in 2014.
  2. Run the Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) Report for the reporting period you are attesting for.
    Please note that if you are attesting under the flexibility rule for Stage 1 under the 2013 definition, you must have a copy of the CQM report run from the 2011 Certified Edition of the EHR (v9.5.2). If you were on the 2011 Certified Edition of the EHR for a portion of the reporting period and then upgraded to the 2014 Certified Edition during the reporting period, in order to attest under Stage 1 2013 Definitions you must have a copy of the CQM report for the portion of the reporting period that the 2011 Certified Edition was in place. After upgrading to the 2014 Certified Edition you will only be able to run the CQM report required for Stage 1 2014 Definition and Stage 2. With the exception of those providers who may be attesting to Stage 1 2013 Definition using a combination of both the 2011 and 2014 Certified versions of the EHR during the reporting period, all other providers should run a CQM report for the same reporting period they ran the Performance Metrics report for (1 Quarter of the year, or a continuous 90 day reporting period for those providers attesting for the first time)For more information on CQMs and the Flexibility Rule we recommend reviewing pages 52918-52919 of the Final Rule.AZCOMP also recommends that if you are reporting zeros for any of the CQMs that you run the report for ALL available measures. The complete report will be useful in case you are audited and need to show which measures were available to you in the EMR at the time, and that all additional measures that you chose not to report also had zeros.
  3. Complete the applicable Attestation Worksheet for the stage you will be attesting for. This will help ensure that you have gathered all the information you need in order to attest. The worksheets ask the same questions you will get when you are attesting and completed worksheets can be saved for future reference. The worksheet will also help you review the Yes/No measures to verify that you have supporting documentation. We recommend keeping supporting documentation for any of the measures you are claiming exemption from as well.
  4. Complete the Attestation Calculator for the Stage you are attesting for. The attestation calculator will simulate an actual attestation and let you know if you will pass or fail the attestation with the data you have entered. Please note that the attestation calculator does not include CQM reporting in the simulation, this will be required when you actually attest.
  5. Reference the Attestation Guide. CMS has put together a step-by-step walk through of the attestation process with valuable tip as a tool for all providers, including a guide on how to attest using the flexibility rule:  CEHRT Flexibility Attestation Guide
Attestation WorksheetAttestation GuideWhich Users it Applies to
2013 Stage 12013 Stage 1 Attestation Guide
  • Attesting for Stage 1 and used the 2011 Edition of the EHR the entire reporting period.
  • Attesting for Stage 1 and Used a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition of the EHR during the reporting period. (You must have a copy of the CQM report run from the 2011 Edition for the portion of the reporting period the 2011 Edition of the EHR was in place in order to use this option.)
2014 Stage 12014 Stage 1 Attestation Guide
  • Attesting for Stage 1 and used the 2014 Edition of the EHR for the entire reporting period.
  • Attesting for Stage 1 and used a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition of the EHR during the reporting period. (Providers must have the web portal in place and will be required to report a total of 9 CQMs from the 2014 Edition in order to meet 2014 Stage 1 Requirements)
Stage 2
  • Attesting for Stage 2 using the 2014 Edition of the EHR for the entire reporting period.

 

Don’t forget to Update Attestation Information:

  • Login to the attestation site at https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action
    If you have forgotten your user name and password please contact the EHR Incentive Program Information Center at 888-734-6433 / TTY 888-734-6563
  • Go to the Attestation Tab or Topic, find program year 2014 in the attestation selection section and hit to “Attest” button in the far right column. (If you have already started your attestation for 2014 it should show a status of “In Progress” and the button will say “Modify” instead of “Attest”)

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  • Verify that you have updated the Attestation Information section with the correct EHR Certification Number. (We have seen it defaulting to the previous attestation years EHR Certification Number which may or may not be correct if you upgraded before or during your reporting period.)

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You can locate your EHR Certification number by going to the “How do I find my EHR Certification Number hyperlink which will take you to the Certified Health Record IT Product List Website.

2014 meaningful use attestation tips: EHR certification number

The Certified Health Record IT Product List Website will ask you which edition of the EHR you are attesting with. You should select the Edition or combination of Editions that you were using during the reporting period.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation tips: Certified Health IT product List

Tip when searching for your product, do not hit the “Enter” button on your keyboard after typing the product name as it will not produce any results. You must hit the “Search” button to see results.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips: Search For Certified EHR products

Once you locate the product used during the reporting period, click the “Add to Cart” button.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips: search for CEHRT product add to cart

If only one product was used during the reporting period, and that product is visible in the cart then click the “Get CMS EHR Certification ID” to view the certification number. If you upgraded during your reporting period you will need to add both products to the cart before generating the CMS Certification ID. You can an additional product version by clicking on one of the return to search options in the lower right corner.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips: Request CMS EHR certification ID

Once the Certification ID is displayed we recommend copying and pasting it into the Attestation Information window. This will reduce the likelihood of human error that could result from manually typing in the code. We also recommend printing a copy of the certification ID page to retain with your Attestation records.

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips: Your CMS EHR certification ID number

The following table is the list of codes that were obtained for McKesson EHR products through the Certified Health Record IT Product List Website and can be used to verify the Attestation Information you are entering.

2011 Editions

ProductVersionCMS EHR Certification ID
Lytec MD201130000001SWXMEA0
McKesson Practice Choice1.030000004QG3GEAA
Medisoft ClinicalV1730000001SVX5EAC
Medisoft ClinicalV18A000001CDIRVEAF
Practice Partner9.5.230000004RUDIEAU

2011 & 2014 Editions

Lytec MD2011 & 2014 SP113H1301OSXW6EAF
Medisoft ClinicalV17 & V19 SP1A0H1301O2UQNEAF
Medisoft ClinicalV18 & V19 SP1A0H1301NDSXLEAT
McKesson Practice ChoiceV1.0 & V3.013H1301PLWBWEA1
Practice PartnerV9.5.2 & V11.0A0H1301O4XWUEAZ

2014 Editions

Lytec MD2014 SP1A014E01O2UOWEAF
McKesson Practice Choice3.01314E01PGZTNEA5
Medisoft ClinicalV19 SP1A014E01NDL4UEAT
Practice PartnerV11.0A014E01NDGJBEAT

Once you have entered in the EHR Certification Number you will be asked to select your reporting period for 2014.

Depending on the Stage you are scheduled for and the EHR product version you chose, the Stage Selection section may vary.

We have included the most common example below, which is for providers that were scheduled for Stage 2 in 2014 and were using the 2014 Certified version of the EHR during the entire reporting period. These providers will be asked whether or not they will be attesting for Stage 2 or Stage 1. If Stage 1 is selected they will be asked to confirm that they are attesting for Stage 1 due to the fact that they were unable to fully implement the 2014 CERT due to delays in availability (meaning they qualify to use the flexibility rule).

2014 Meaningful Use Attestation Tips: Select your reporting period for 2014

For more information on qualifying for the options under the flexibility rule view our Meaningful Use 911 Webinar.

Things to Watch for When Entering Attestation Numbers:

  • Both Core and Menu Objectives require providers to exceed the minimum thresholds in order to pass. (If the objective requires 50% then provider must report 51% or higher)
  • Pay attention to whether or not you are keying the numerators and denominators in the correct fields, a simple check is to make sure you haven’t keyed in a numerators that is larger than a denominator can help you avoid a costly mistake.
  • Verify that all measures that ask for the number unique patient seen during the reporting period, that do not have any other requirements to them such as patient’s age, minimum number of visits, etc), all have matching denominators. Note that reporting denominators that are inconsistent for “Unique patient” measures can be a red flag for auditors. Here is a list of the measures that should produce the same denominator:Stage 1:
    – Maintain Problem List
    – Maintain Active Medication List
    – Maintain Allergy List
    – Record Demographics
    – Patient Electronic Access
    – Patient EducationStage 2:
    – Record Demographics
    – Patient Electronic Access (for both measures 1 & 2)
    – Secure Messaging
    – Electronic Notes
    – Structured Family History
  • If any of the reports look off Please contact support immediately!
    (Ex: denominators higher than numerators, denominators that do not match for unique patient count) A number of patches have been released the past few months and if you have not kept your software up to date it is possible that report may be off as a result.

Review Menu Objective Requirements for 2014

If reporting for Stage 1 CMS has recently acknowledged a flaw in the attestation system regarding reporting menu objectives under Stage 1, this may or may not apply to all providers. Please see the highlighted area below for further details. (This information that was provided by CMS in an email communication on January 15, 2015)

Guidance on Reporting Menu Objectives

Eligible professionals participating in Stage 1 of the EHR Incentive Programs are required to report on a total of 5 meaningful use objectives from the menu set of 9 objectives. When selecting five objectives from the menu set, eligible professionals must choose at least one option from the public health menu set.

If an eligible professional is able to meet the measure of one of the public health menu objectives but can be excluded from the other, the eligible professional should select and report on the public health menu objective he or she is able to meet.

If an eligible professional can be excluded from both public health menu objectives, the eligible professional may meet the menu requirement one of two ways:

  1. Claim an exclusion from only one public health objective and report on four additional menu objectives from outside the public health menu set.
  2. Report on five menu objectives from outside the public health menu set

Eligible professionals participating in Stage 2 are required to report 3 meaningful use objectives from the menu set of 6.

We encourage eligible professionals to select menu objectives that are relevant to their scope of practice, and claim an exclusion for a menu objective only in cases where there are no remaining menu objectives for which they qualify or if there are no remaining menu objectives that are relevant to their scope of practice.

For example, we hope that eligible professionals will report on 5 measures, if there are 5 measures that are relevant to their scope of practice and for which they can report data, even if they qualify for exclusions in the other objectives.

The Registration and Attestation System may prompt an eligible professional to report on additional measures if he or she claims an exclusion. This is because starting in 2014, the exclusion criteria will no longer count as reporting a meaningful use objective from the menu set. An eligible professional must meet the measure criteria for the objectives or report on all of the menu set objectives through a combination of meeting the exclusions and meeting the measures.

However, some eligible professionals who elect option 1 above may be asked to report on non-public health measures when they claim that exclusion in the Attestation System. These providers should document this issue for their records, and then claim the exclusion for the remaining measures in order to allow the system to accept their attestation.

Retain Supporting Documentation

Remember to retain supporting documentation for 6 year! We recommend keeping electronic copies of all reports and screen shots on your server where you know it is being backed up and will be easily retrieved in case of an audit.

 

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.