• New CMS Guidance for When to Complete a Security Risk Analysis

    November 3, 2014

    If you are a provider participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis is required to meet Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use. This meaningful use objective complements, but does not impose new or expanded requirements on the HIPAA Security Rule.

    How This Objective Improves Care
    Security ...
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  • CMS releases final payment rules for the Medicare program

    November 3, 2014

    New policies focus on value, improve how care is provided, and increase transparency of information on quality 

    October 31, 2014
    WASHINGTON – Over the past several days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final rules outlining how Medicare will pay major health care providers and suppliers in 2015. Important provisions of the Affordable Care ...
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  • CHITREC Executive Director and Northwestern Team Linking Electronic Health Records Across Chicagoland

    October 8, 2014


    CHITREC’s Abel Kho, MD and his team of researchers at Northwestern University are collaborating with other Chicago area institutions to address the lack of scientific evidence needed to support healthcare decisions made by patients and their doctors.


    They are creating the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a city-wide system of electronic health ...
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  • CMS Hardship Exception Application Extended to 11/30

    October 7, 2014

    CMS reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The new deadline is 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.

    Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that have never met meaningful use ...
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  • CMS Announces 2013 PQRS and eRx Incentive Program Feedback Reports are Now Available

    October 6, 2014

    CMS is pleased to announce that the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and 2013 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program feedback reports are now available for eligible professionals who submitted quality data on Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Part B services between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.

    Individual eligible professionals who submitted 2013 PQRS data, ...
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  • MLN Connects™ National Provider Call: Transitioning to ICD-10

    October 6, 2014

    Wednesday, November 5; 1:30-3pm ET

    To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2015,as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10.

    During the MLN Connects™ ...
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  • CHITREC Congratulates Fall 2014 Health IT Fellow – Dr. Michael Rakotz!

    October 1, 2014

    CHITREC is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Rakotz, MD of Northwestern Medical Group will be joining the ONC’s Fall 2014 Health IT Fellows class.

    Health IT Fellows are are an elite group of Meaningful Use Vanguards (MUVers), empowered to be an active voice in their community and on a national level. They are nominated and ...
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  • CMS System Announcements

    September 30, 2014

    On September 30, 2014, CMS released two new announcements pertaining to the Medicare Incentive Program:

    Stage 2 Flexibility – Certified EHR technology or CEHRT Flexibility Options will be available mid-October 2014. The rule will allow Eligible Providers to: use 2011 or 2014 Edition CEHRT or a combination, attest in 2014 to either Stage 1 or Stage ...
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  • CMS Releases Final Rule Allowing CEHRT Flexibility for 2014 and Extending Stage 2

    September 15, 2014

    CMS released a final rule granting flexibility to providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) for an EHR reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 CEHRT availability.

    Eligible Providers (EPs) can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT ...
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  • CHITREC Celebrates HIT Week

    September 10, 2014

    CHITREC is happy to participate in the 9th annual Health IT Week September 15-19, 2014. Keep in touch with us about HIT Week activities:  @CHITREC,, and LinkedIn.

    Two CHITREC webinars will highlight special HIT topics:

    Improving Your Practice Through EHR Optimization
    Already meeting Meaningful Use? Join us to learn additional ways ...
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