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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.

New Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) Manual Released!

An updated Medisoft Clinical/LytecMD/Practice Partner Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) User’s Manual has been released!

The manual includes changes to configuration requirements for some of the measures as well as details on where the reports pull information from in order to calculate the denominators and numerators. CQM Report User’s Guide Nov 2014

Who should review the new CQM manual?

  • Providers that are participating in the EHR Incentive Program in 2014 who will be attesting under Stage 1 2014 Objectives
  • Providers who will be reporting Stage 2 Objectives in 2014
  • All providers that are participating in the EHR Incentive Program in 2015 (Remember unless 2015 is your first year to participate the 2015 reporting period is currently scheduled as a full calendar year. This means providers need to be ready to capture CQM data starting January 1, 2015)

As a reminder, providers attesting Stage 1 2014 Objectives, or Stage 2 for 2014 and in 2015 will be required to report a total of 9 measures covering at least 2 of the National Quality Strategy domains. Under 2014 rules providers are no longer required to report a core set of measures, however CMS has outlined a recommended set of 9 Adult Measures, and 9 Pediatric Measures. For detailed information please visit the EHR Incentive Website: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/2014_ClinicalQualityMeasures.html

No Threshold Requirement for CQM Reporting

For providers that are unable to find 9 out of the available measures in their CEHRT that apply to their specialty, CMS has stated: “We understand cases may exist where an EP may not find a full set of CQMs where they have data for both the numerator and denominator. We remind providers that they may submit a zero as the denominator for a CQM if that is the resulting calculation displayed by their EHR” https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/04/2014-21021/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-modifications-to-the-medicare-and-medicaid-electronic-health-record

CQM Reporting in 2014 using the Flexibility Rule

Under the new Flexibility Rule providers may be eligible for the following options for 2014 Reporting:

CEHRT Options 2014

According to the Final Rule, Providers must attest to the required set of objectives and measures applicable for the CEHRT option they choose, as well as the CQMs that relate to that option.

CQM Reporting Options Flexibility Rule

If a provider chooses the 2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures they must attest to the CQMs using the reporting requirements specified for 2013. (6 total measures comprising of 3 core/alternate core, and 3 additional measures) The reports for 2013 CQMs are only available if the provider is running Medisoft Clinical/LytecMD/Practice Partner v9.5.2.

CQM Comparison

According to the final rule, “If a provider elects to use a combination of 2011 Edition and 2014 Edition CEHRT and chooses to attest to the 2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures for its EHR reporting period in 2014, the provider would be required to report CQMs by attestation using the same measure sets and reporting criteria outlined earlier for providers who elect to use only 2011 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014. Because of the differences in how CQMs are calculated and tested between the 2011 and the 2014 Editions of CEHRT, we further proposed that a provider may attest to data for the CQMs derived exclusively from the 2011 Edition CEHRT for the portion of the reporting period in which 2011 Edition CEHRT was in place.”

Since the 2013 CQM Reports are only available in Medisoft Clinical/LytecMD/Practice Partner v9.5.2 providers are reminded that they should run the CQM report PRIOR to upgrading with a date range equal to the first day of the reporting period up to the date of the upgrade. Providers are advised to maintain copies of the report as supporting documentation for their attestation. Once the upgrade to v11 has been completed the practice will not have access to run the 2013 CQM report again.

EHR Incentive Program CQM Reporting Options for Eligible Professionals in 2014 Include:

    • Option 1: Attest to CQMs through the EHR Registration & Attestation System (Reporting Period: 90 day period for first time participants, all others must select any 3 month quarter.)
    • Option 2: eReport CQMs through Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Portal (Reporting Period: Entire calendar year)

Because the 2014 CEHRT versions of Medisoft Clinical/LytecMD/Practice Partner (v11) were not released until after the start of the year, and due to the fact that many of the measures require configuration or changes to documentation in order to capture the data in a manner that will produce numbers on the CQM reports, it is unlikely that any providers will have a full year’s worth of data in their CQM reports. In addition v11 is not currently compatible with PQRS direct EHR reporting requirements. Therefore, participants of the EHR Incentive program should report their numbers for their 3-Month quarter/reporting period in 2014 through attestation. We further recommend reporting PQRS data through a qualified registry. For more information on PQRS registry reporting visit: http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/PQRS/Downloads/2014_PQRS_Registry_Made_Simple_F01-08-2014.pdf

For assistance with configuration or training please contact us to schedule some one-on-one time with a Certified Trainer!

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 CMS programs are constantly changing, and it is the responsibility of each provider to remain abreast of the CMS program requirements.