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Help With Browser Settings Within Practice Choice

In this post, we will show you the steps to follow after Practice Choice has been updated or a problem occurs when logging into your Practice Choice system.

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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

It Is Time To Embrace ICD-10

CMS recently released this information about the ICD-10 delay.

healthcare software industry updatesWhen the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) was passed on April 1, 2014, a lot of people read the part about the ICD-10 delay thinking it meant that it was a fixed one year delay.  In actuality, the law stated that “the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015.”  So October 1, 2015 was the soonest it would be allowed.

This recent release of information about the ICD-10 delay by CMS states that “the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015.  The rule will also require HIPPA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.”

44% of Physicians Were Unprepared for ICD-10 Prior To The Delay

In a report called the Practice Profitability Index, 2014 Edition, of the 5,064 physicians that contributed insights to the report, 44% of them reported that they didn’t know whether they would be ready for the ICD-10 transition.  Another 25% stated that they were certain they would not be prepared.

Luckily for the nearly 70% who were either not prepared or weren’t sure they were prepared that the date for implementation of ICD-10 has been delayed.  Not being prepared for the adoption of the new code set would have caused major disruptions to a practices billing and collections processes.

So, don’t you think it is time to get prepared for ICD-10 in 2015?  There is no time like right now to start preparing.  Don’t leave your practice in a position where your billing and collections processes are majorly disrupted.

How To Prepare For ICD-10

The first and best thing to do right now if you are not already prepared is to create a plan to become prepared.  Several months back AZCOMP put together The Small Practice Guide To ICD-10 Deadlines to help small practices prepare for the adoption of ICD-10 Codes.  The guide still references 2014 as the time to switch, but the information is all still relevant and useful to your practice in making preparations.  Use the guide and make preparations.  If you need to consult with someone on the best way to make your preparations, please give us a call at AZCOMP.

We understand that there is definitely a cost associated with adopting and implementing ICD-10, and also associated with many of the other regulations bearing down on the health care industry.  This is a stressful situation for everyone involved, including us at AZCOMP.  We spend a lot of time trying to understand the impact of each regulation, and of each change to the regulations.  We try to take this information and provide solutions that are helpful and useful.

Getting More Efficient Has To Be Part Of The Long Term Plan

While the cost of running your practice increases due to trying to comply with regulations, your practice must look for ways to become more productive and efficient.  Do more with less.  That is the challenge in every industry and with every business.  How do you do it?  It is a difficult task to say the least.

We advise you to take a look at some solutions we have to offer that should truly help your small practice become more efficient allowing you to get more done (see more patients) with fewer resources (the same amount of staff you currently have).  The patient statements tool built into Medisoft and Lytec is an easy thing you can implement right now to help your practice get more done with less.  The appointment reminder system that we have to offer may also be a useful tool for you in that it automatically reminds patients of their appointment without your staff having to do anything (they can be working on other things instead of making time consuming phone calls).

If you haven’t already, switching to an EMR is also a way to increase productivity, increase efficiency, allow your practice to get more done with fewer resources, and most importantly provide better patient care.  There are a lot of benefits to EMR that totally overshadow any meaningful use credits or trying to avoid penalties.  Your practice should take a look at how using an EMR system can improve your practice for the long run.  AZCOMP offers a very affordable solution to get into EMR and start reaping the benefits of the system.

 

With BillFlash, You Can Send Patient Statements In Just A Few Minutes Instead Of Hours Or Days

Wouldn’t You Rather Send All Of Your Patient Statements In Just Minutes Instead of Hours Or Days?

You Can Test Drive BillFlash FREE For 60 Days (You Only Pay For Postage).  Offer Expires May 31, 2014.

What is the best way to sent patient statements?

What is the best way to sent patient statements?

BillFlash is a service that sends your patient statements for you.  It is a feature inside of Medisoft, Lytec & Practice Choice that is already included, you just need to sign up for the service to unlock the feature. For only a quarter (25¢) per statement – BillFlash will automatically send all your statements for you. (This 25¢ fee is waived the first 60 days of service as long as you sign up before May 31, 2014.)


Using BillFlash, when you are ready to send out your statements, you can review each billing file and add custom messages to all or none of your patients. You can delete or adjust any bill.  You can change the color of individual statements.  You can make all of these adjustments and changes and more BEFORE you approve the billing file.  Then you send it to BillFlash and the rest is taken care of for you.

There is no set up fee and no long-term contract.  You can cancel at anytime with no penalty.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up today and start sending patient statements the easy way.

To learn more about BillFlash and to sign up, go to our BillFlash webpage.

EMR Meaningful Use July 1 Deadline

What Every Medicare Participating Provider Should Know!

Medicare Payment Adjustments

meaningful use understanding 2014 deadlinesStarting January 1, 2015, Eligible Providers (EPs) that bill Medicare and have not successfully attested for meaningful use are subject to a 1% adjustment to their Medicare reimbursements. Adjustments are scheduled to increase to 2% in 2016, and 3% in 2017. Penalties in 2018 and beyond may vary depending on whether or not enough EPs become meaningful users, but the maximum it can reach is 5%.

 

Providers that ONLY bill Medicaid

Currently there are no scheduled Medicaid Adjustments for providers that fail to become meaningful users.

Providers that bill Medicare and Medicaid

Providers that are eligible to participate in both the Medicaid and Medicare programs may choose which program to demonstrate meaningful use under. Successfully attesting to meaningful use under the EHR Incentive program would exempt a provider from the Medicare payment adjustment as long as the provider has demonstrated meaningful use prior to 2015.

Keep in mind that the first year Medicaid incentive payment, which is based on simply “adopting, implementing and upgrading”, is not considered Meaningful Use.

Therefore, a provider that receives the Medicaid incentive for their first year in 2014 will still be subject to the Medicare payment adjustment in 2015. Providers that participated in the Medicaid Incentive Program for the first time in 2011, 2012, or 2013 and then continued to successfully attest to meaningful use in each subsequent year will be exempt from the Medicare payment adjustment.

All Providers that Bill Medicare – The last 90-day reporting period begins July 1, 2014.

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Because the payment adjustment is mandated to begin January 1, 2015, CMS must determine whether or not a provider is subject to the payment adjustment based reporting periods prior to 2015.

Providers that successfully attested to meaningful use in 2013 (regardless of whether or not it was their first year) are exempt from the payment adjustment in 2015 and will not be subject to future payment adjustments as long as they continue to demonstrate meaningful use each subsequent year.

Providers that participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive program for the first time in 2014 must demonstrate meaningful use for a 90-day reporting period and attest to meaningful use NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1, 2014, in order to avoid the payment adjustment.  The last 90-day reporting period begins July 1, 2014.

Hardship Exceptions

Under special circumstances some providers may avoid payment adjustments by demonstrating that there are circumstances that pose a significant barrier to their ability to achieve meaningful use.  

The Last Year for Incentives!

2014 marks the last year that providers can begin participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive program and receive incentive payments which can be as much as $24,000!

ACT NOW! If you wait it may be too late!

All users that are attesting for Meaningful Use in 2014 regardless of which stage they are in must upgrade to the 2014 certified versions of their EHR.

If you have not attested for meaningful use prior to 2014 you must install, implement and train your staff on the new EHR prior to starting your 90 day reporting period, and complete a Security Risk Analysis either prior to or during your reporting period. Remember- the last reporting period you can choose for 2014 begins July 1st! You can not wait any longer to get started as an average implementation timeline is 1-2 months and trainers schedules are filling up FAST!!

If you successfully attested to meaningful use in 2013 you must continue to attest each year in order to avoid payment adjustments.

Checklist for Existing EMR Users:

  1. Choose a Reporting Period: Regardless of which stage you are in this year you will attest for a 90 day reporting period that is tied to a quarter. The two remaining reporting periods are July 1-Sept 30, and October 1-Dec 31.
  2. Upgrade: Prior to your reporting period you must upgrade to the 2014 certified version of your EHR.
  3. Review System Requirements: There are new system requirements for Medisoft Clinical and LytecMD Users that may require hardware or network upgrades. In addition all providers are required to implement an online patient portal in order to meet meaningful use which may in turn require new hardware. Please contact us for a Hardware/Network Analysis prior to upgrading.
  4. Plan for Configuration and Training: Prior to your reporting period you must configure your software and train your staff on the new requirements for the applicable Stage of meaningful use you are in. Even if you are still in Stage 1 there are NEW REQUIREMENTS that take effect this year! We offer meaningful use assessments that can be done prior to upgrading so you can properly plan for the configuration and training that will be involved in your implementation.
  5. Complete a Security Risk Analysis: Not only is this a meaningful use requirement, all providers who are “covered entities” under HIPAA are required to perform a security risk analysis (SRA). Security requirements address Physical Safeguards, Administrative Safeguards, Technical Safeguards, Policies and Procedures, Organizational Requirements, and all electronic protected health information you maintain, not just what is in your EHR. The SRA can be done PRIOR to or during your reporting period and must be conducted every year you attest to meaningful use. AZCOMP encourages practices to complete a thorough and professional risk analysis that will stand up to a HIPAA compliance review, as well as a Meaningful Use Audit. We offer complete security risk analysis completed by an ONC Certified Professional.

Contact your AZCOMP sales representative NOW at 888-799-4777 to discuss an action plan tailored to your practice!

For more information visit:
http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html
CMS Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions Tipsheet for Eligible Professionals
Medicare EHR Incentive Program Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program Comparison

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 cms.gov.

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What’s New for Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2014?

Starting in 2014 new requirements go into effect for Eligible Providers (EPs) who are attesting for Meaningful Use Stage 1.

Who does this effect?

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program who:

  • Attested for their first year of Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2013, and therefore will be attesting for their second year of Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2014.
  • Will be attesting for the first time in 2014, making this their first year of Meaningful Use Stage 1.

Providers participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program who:

  • Attested to Adopting, Implementing, or upgrading in 2012 or 2013, and are attesting for Meaningful Use Stage 1 in 2014.

To verify which Stage you are in you can use the Timeline tool created by CMS by clicking on the link below.

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After entering which program you are participating in and entering your first year of participation you can click on 2014 and it will tell you which stage you will be in this year as demonstrated below.

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New Requirement:

  • Patient Electronic Access: Addition of new core objective to provide patients with ability the view online, download, and transmit health information for all providers.

Modifications to Existing Requirements:

  • Record and Chart Changes in Vital Signs: Increase in age limit for recording blood pressure in patients to age 3 (was formerly age 2); removal of age limit requirement for height and weight.
  • Record and Chart Changes in Vital Signs: Change to the exclusions for EPs.
    (1) See no patients 3 years or older are excluded from recording blood pressure
    (2) Believe that all three vital signs of height, weight, and blood pressure have no relevance to their scope of practice are excluded from recording them.
    (3) Believe that height and weight are relevant to their scope of practice, but blood pressure is not, are excluded from recording blood pressure.
    (4) Believe that blood pressure is relevant to their scope or practice, but height and weight are not, are excluded from recording height and weight.

Requirements that have been removed:

  • Electronic Copy of Health Information: The objective for providing electronic copies of health information will no longer be required for Stage 1. CMS is replacing this objective and electronic access to health information with the objective to provide patients the ability to view, download, or transmit their health information online.
  • Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs): The separate objective to report CQMs will no longer be required; however, the actual reporting of CQMs will still be required in order to achieve meaningful Use.
  • Electronic Access to Health Information: The menu objective for timely access to health information will no longer be an option for Stage 1 as CMS is replacing this objective and the electronic copy of health information objective with the new objective to provide patients the ability to view, download, or transmit their health information online.

What do you need to do in order to comply with these changes?

Medisoft Clinical, LytecMD, and Practice Partner clients must upgrade to v11.0 of the EHR PRIOR to starting their attestation period in 2014. Please contact your account manager at AZCOMP to coordinate this upgrade.

Practice Choice customers will automatically be upgraded to the 2014 certified version on June 30, 2014, therefore they cannot begin their 2014 reporting period until July 1, 2014.

Special Reporting Periods in 2014:

For 2014 only, all providers regardless of their stage of meaningful use are only required to demonstrate meaningful use for a 3-month EHR reporting period. For Medicare providers, this 3-month reporting period is fixed to the quarter of either the fiscal (for eligible hospitals and CAHs) or calendar (for EPs) year in order to align with existing CMS quality measurement programs, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The 3-month reporting period is not fixed for Medicaid EPs and hospitals that are only eligible to receive Medicaid EHR incentives, where providers do not have the same alignment needs. CMS is permitting this one-time 3-month reporting period in 2014 only so that all providers who must upgrade to 2014 Certified EHR Technology will have adequate time to implement their new Certified EHR systems.

Remaining Reporting Periods for 2014: (For those participating in the Medicare program)

  • July 1- September 30, 2014 (If you did NOT attest in 2013 you should select this reporting period and complete your attestation no later than October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the 1% payment adjustment that will be applied January 1, 2015 for those providers who have not demonstrated meaningful use.)
  • October 1- December 31, 2014

Providers that successfully attested in 2013 will be exempt from the payment adjustment and have until the end of February 2014 to attest for Meaningful Use for either of the above reporting periods.

Under Medicare, providers must continue to demonstrate meaningful use every year to avoid payment adjustments in subsequent years.

If a provider is eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, they must demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment, however they  may select to demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.

Providers that only bill Medicaid are not subject to any payment adjustments.

Helpful Resources:
For more information on Changes to Stage 1, view the EHR Incentive Programs: What’s New for Stage 1 in 2014 document available at cms.gov.

For information on the EHR Incentive program visit http://cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html

For information on payment adjustments visit http://cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/PaymentAdj_Hardship.html

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 cms.gov.