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|February 24, 2012|
Secretary Sebelius announces next stage for providers adopting electronic health records
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Two New Updates from HHS on the Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology
1) CMS Opens Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Registration
Effective January 3, 2011, registration is available to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who wish to participate in Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs.
Through Medicare, eligible professionals can receive up to $44,000 over a five-year period, and as much as $63,750 over six years under Medicaid. Under both programs, eligible hospitals may receive millions of dollars for implementing and meaningfully using certified EHR technology.
Registration in the Medicaid program is available in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. In February, registration will open in California, Missouri and North Dakota. Other states likely will launch their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs during the spring and summer of 2011.
Interested providers should visit CMS’ Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The site provides general and detailed information on the programs, including tabs on the path to payment, eligibility, meaningful use, certified EHR technology, and frequently asked questions.
Eligible providers seeking to participate in the Medicaid programs must initiate registration at CMS’ registration site but complete the process through an eligibility verification site maintained by their state Medicaid agency. Questions about state launch dates should be directed to state Medicaid agencies.
Those who meet eligibility requirements for both Medicare and Medicaid programs must select one program when they register. After receiving payment, they may change their program selection once before 2015. Hospitals that are eligible for both programs can receive payments from both Medicare and Medicaid.
2) ONC Issues Final Rule for Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a final rule to establish the permanent certification program for health information technology (HIT). The permanent certification program provides new features that will enhance the certification of HIT, including increasing the comprehensiveness, transparency, reliability, and efficiency of the current processes used for the certification of electronic health record (EHR) technology. Meaningful use of “Certified EHR Technology” is a core requirement for eligible health care providers who seek to qualify to receive incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
The temporary certification program, established through a final rule published on June 24, 2010, will continue to be in effect until it sunsets on December 31, 2011, or at a later date when the processes necessary for the permanent certification program to operate are completed. ONC expects to stand-up the programmatic activities necessary to implement the permanent certification program throughout 2011.
For more information, visit http://healthit.hhs.gov/certification
EHR Incentives - Get the Facts from CMS-Click here for more info
July 22, 2010 Training CMS EHR Incentative Programs and Meaningful Use
Final Rule Slides-Click for more info
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule outlining the Medicare and Medicaid incentive guidelines for Eligible Providers (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EH) for Stage 1 of Meaningful Use (MU). The final rule defines the minimum requirements that providers must meet through their use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology in order to qualify for the payments. The MU rule is to be used in tandem with rules that have been released by the Office of the National Coordinator that define Certified EHR Technology. Click here for more info
Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology Click here for more info
CMS Launches New EHR Website For more details click here
ONC Issues Final Rule to Establish the Temporary Certification Program for Electronic Health Record Technology - Click here to learn more about the Temporary Certification Program
MISSISSIPPI MEDICAID 2010 CODE UPDATE REMINDER
Source-December 2009, Mississippi Medicaid Bulletin, Volume 15, Issue 11.
It is time for the CPT and HCPCS codes update for 2010. Providers are required to bill with current code sets according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). Effective January 1, 2010, providers should reference the 2010 code books for all claims submitted for dates of service beginning January1, 2010. If 2009 books are used and discontinued codes are billed, the claim line will deny due to an invalid code. For easy access to up-to-date information, providers are encouraged to use the Mississippi Envision Web Portal. The web portal is the electronic approach to rapid, efficient information exchange with providers including eligibility verification, claim submission, electronic report retrieval. and the latest updates to provider information. It available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via the internet at http://msmedicaid.acs-inc.com.