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  • Visit the CMS Website for Updated Info on CY 2017 and Stage 3

    December 9, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to assisting eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to participate successfully in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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  • Pre-Approval Open for Meaningful Use Patient Volume

    December 9, 2016

    In order to qualify for Medicaid EHR Incentives (Meaningful Use), providers must demonstrate a minimum 30% Medicaid patient encounter volume (either individually or as a member of a group) each year of participation. Pediatricians may have between 20-29% for a lower incentive payment. Group practices can use the same volume data for each provider in ...
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  • CMS Releases Changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

    November 1, 2016

    On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated payment rates and policy changes in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year (CY) 2017. This final rule with comment period includes a number of proposed changes that would affect ...
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  • Medicaid Providers’ Enrollments Must Be Revalidated by September 24, 2016

    September 19, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require all Medicaid providers’ enrollments to be revalidated by September 24, 2016.

    In an effort to assist providers as much as possible, the IMPACT Help Desk ((877) 782-5565) will be staffed from 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM CDT next week, September 19, 2016 through September 23, 2016.

    The Department ...
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  • CHITREC is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week

    September 19, 2016

    This September, CHITREC — as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare —is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week.  National Health IT Week is the premier event offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health information technology (IT) brings ...
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  • 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports

    September 19, 2016

    The 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports will be available in September 2016 for individual eligible professionals (EPs) and PQRS group practices. The PQRS feedback reports will provide the final determination on whether or not participants met the PQRS criteria for avoiding the 2017 PQRS negative payment adjustment. Detailed information about the quality ...
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  • Visit the eCQI Resource Center for News and Resources

    September 19, 2016

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) are working to improve the health of our nation and are promoting electronic clinical quality improvement (eCQI) through common standards, tools, and shared technologies.  As you know from our recent demonstration, the eCQI Resource Center is ...
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  • Track and Improve Your ICD-10 Progress

    July 18, 2016

    To help you improve your use of ICD-10 codes, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offers the Next Steps Toolkit. The toolkit can help you:

    Identify key metrics to track for accurate ICD-10 assessment
    Manage your revenue cycle

    Use these steps to analyze your ICD-10 progress:

    1. Assess Your Progress

    Establish a point of comparison for each ...
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  • 90-Day MU Reporting Period for All Proposed

    July 18, 2016

    As part of the proposed rule for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Changes for 2017, CMS proposes that everyone in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will use a 90-day EHR reporting period for 2016. The rule won’t be finalized until later this year — we encourage you to submit formal comments to CMS.

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  • 2016 PQRS GPRO Registration Open through June 30, 2016

    June 27, 2016

    Groups of two or more Eligible Providers (EPs) can avoid the -2.0% CY 2018 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) penalty 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 reporting ...
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