• Couldn’t Meet 2015 MU? Hardship Exception Applications Due — July 1, 2016

    June 15, 2016

    CMS has streamlined the hardship exception application process for eligible providers (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and CAHs allowing “categories” of EPs, EHs, and CAHs, and groups of providers to apply for a hardship exception on a single application.


    EPs, EHs, and CAHs who did not meet MU for 2015 can apply for a hardship exception prior ...
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  • 2016 PQRS GPRO Registration Open Through June 30

    June 6, 2016

    Groups of two or more eligible professionals (EPs) can avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) payment adjustment by meeting the satisfactory reporting criteria through the 2016 PQRS Group Reporting Option (GPRO). The Physician Value – PQRS (PV-PQRS) Registration System is now open through June 30 for groups to select a GPRO ...
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  • CMS Proposes MACRA Requirements

    May 11, 2016

    On April 27, CMS released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Supported by a bipartisan majority and stakeholders, such as patient and medical associations, the MACRA legislation ended more than a decade of last-minute fixes and potential payment cliffs for Medicare doctors and ...
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  • Now Available: 2016 CME PQRS Educational Materials

    May 11, 2016

    CMS is pleased to announce the posting of several 2016 PQRS educational materials. Some highlights include:

    The “2016 Implementation Guide,” available on the PQRS How To Get Started webpage, contains information for individual eligible professionals and PQRS group practices participating in 2016 PQRS.
    The 2016 PQRS measures documents, for those reporting via the claims and registry ...
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  • New Resources to Help with 2016 MU Requirements

    May 9, 2016

    To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

    These resources include:

    Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals/CAHs What You Need to Know for 2016 Fact ...
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  • MU Attestation Deadline Extended to May 31, 2016

    May 2, 2016

    The attestation deadline for the IL Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (eMIPP) for the 2015 program year has been extended to Tuesday, May 31, 2016.


    The extension applies only to Eligible Providers (EPs) who have registered for the program at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) website, but ...
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  • Visit the CMS Website for Access to HIMSS16 Presentations

    April 19, 2016

    Did you miss visiting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at HIMSS16? You can find CMS session presentations available now on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.


    CMS Educational Sessions at HIMSS16


    Tuesday, March 1

    CMS EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 through 2017 Overview (Session #26) – CMS hosted a session to provide an ...
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  • ONC Requesting Input on Interoperability

    April 7, 2016

    The Office for the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has issued a request for information for your thoughts on how to measure interoperability. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) sets an objective to achieve the widespread exchange of health information through the use of interoperable certified electronic health records and directs ...
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  • Updated 2017 eCQM Measure Specifications Released

    April 6, 2016

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the 2016 annual update for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2017 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs.

    CMS updates the specifications annually to improve their alignment with current clinical guidelines ...
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  • GPRO Registration and PQRS Educational Materials Now Available

    March 21, 2016

    Groups can register to participate in the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value – Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System. PQRS GPRO is an option available to groups with 2 or more eligible professionals (EPs). Groups must meet the satisfactory reporting criteria through the PQRS GPRO ...
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