Category: Meaningful Use


OIG To Investigate Meaningful Use Payments; Kentucky REC Can Help You Prepare

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15th August

From Healthcare IT News: The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will review the accuracy of $14.6 billion in meaningful use payments made to hospitals by Medicare between 2011 and 2016. Earlier this year, the OIG estimated physicians were wrongfully paid $729 million under meaningful use.

Medicare incentive payments were authorized over a 5-year period to hospitals that adopted electronic health record technology. From January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made Medicare EHR incentive payments to hospitals totaling $14.6 billion, the OIG said.

The Government Accountability Office identified improper incentive payments as the primary risk to the Medicare EHR incentive program. An OIG report described the obstacles that CMS faces in overseeing the Medicare EHR incentive program. In addition, previous OIG reviews of Medicaid EHR incentive payments found that state … Read More »


CMS Finalizes 90-Day Reporting Period for Meaningful Use

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7th August

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cemented a 90-day reporting period for attesting to meaningful use of electronic health records, part of a variety of flexibilities for hospitals and physicians in a final rule published Wednesday.

“We are establishing new requirements or revising existing requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs,” stated the rule, which goes into effect October 1, 2017.

For 2018, CMS will allow a 90-day reporting period. This is a significant difference from the complete year that CMS had aimed for under the Obama administration. This change applies to hospitals and physicians in the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use programs.

Also in 2018, CMS will allow healthcare providers to use 2014-certified EHRs, 2015-certified EHRs, or a combination. Initially, CMS was requiring 2015-edition EHRs beginning … Read More »


Reminder: Join us for our 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

1st August

Join us as we travel across the Commonwealth to provide an in-depth look at the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program!

There are significant changes to physician payments that are now tied to quality and value. This event will prepare healthcare providers for the changes under MACRA and Value-Based Payment. We will explore: QPP Eligibility, QPP Reporting Metrics, Improvement Activities, ACI and Meaningful Use, HIPAA Requirements, and Quality Improvement.

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

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Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, KY
Georgetown College
Banquet Hall
100 Crawford Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 28, 2017 – Paducah, KY
Baptist Health Paducah
Heart Center Auditorium
2501 Kentucky Avenue
Paducah, KY 42003
9:30AM – 3PM CST

October 5, 2017 – Ashland, KY
Ashland … Read More »


Agenda Announced for 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars

11th July

This year’s 2017 Healthcare Transformation Survival Seminars will provide a heavy focus on Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) legislation and the Quality Payment Program.

The topics will include:

MACRA Quality Payment Program 2.0 Sessions: Preparing for QPP

Getting Ready for QPP – Who is Eligible?
How & What Should I Report for QPP?
Which Measures Should I Report for QPP?
Which Improvement Activities Are Right for Me?
How do I Meet the ACI Requirements?

Health IT Sessions:

How do I Handle Medicaid Meaningful Use?
What About Hospital Meaningful Use?
What Role Does HIE Play in MU & ACI?

How Do I Protect my IT Systems from Bad Guys?
How Do I Improve my Performance & QPP Score?

Lunch will be provided!
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Register Now
Dates/Locations

August 18, 2017 – London, KY
London Community Center
Room AB
529 S Main St
London, KY 40741
9:30AM – 3PM EST

September 14, 2017 – Georgetown, … Read More »


Tougher Meaningful Use Audits Ahead; Kentucky REC Can Help You Prepare

22nd June

Be Ready! A recent audit by the OIG revealed that CMS issued hundreds of millions of dollars worth of incorrect EHR incentive payments.

Per the EHR Incentive Program, documentation to support attestation data for meaningful use objectives and clinical quality measures should be retained for six years post-attestation.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Medicare erroneously paid an estimated $729 million to doctors and other health professionals under a multibillion-dollar federal initiative designed to shift the health-care system from paper records to computer files, according to a new federal audit.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, which conducted the audit, said Medicare, over a three-year period, improperly paid health professionals who vouched they earned bonus payments under the initiative, but who either lacked required proof or failed to meet bonus criteria.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency … Read More »