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UCF REC Addresses ICD-10 Implementation Delay – From The Executive Director

UCF REC Addresses ICD-10 Implementation Delay – From The Executive Director

Dear Colleague, I’m writing to inform you of a very recent development that directly affects our provider clients and partners.  As you may be aware, Congress passed a bill Monday, March 31, 2014 that will delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS until October 1, 2015. The bill now moves to President Obama, who is expected to […]

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CMS Amends Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption to Include EHR Vendor Delays

CMS Amends Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption to Include EHR Vendor Delays

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday updated language in its “hardship exception” applications for Fiscal Year 2015 for both eligible hospitals and eligible professionals participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use incentive program. The updates come in the wake of hardship exemption flexibility announced Feb. 27 at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla. In both the […]

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Patient Portal Use Doesn’t Impact Face-to-face Visits

Patient Portal Use Doesn’t Impact Face-to-face Visits

Use of patient portals and electronic visits had no significant impact on the frequency of face-to-face primary care visits for adults in a trial, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found. In a study published in the March issue of Telemedicine and e-Health, researchers looked at 2,357 primary-care patients who used electronic messaging on a patient portal. The […]

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UPDATED: CMS To Be More Flexible With Meaningful Use Stage 2

UPDATED: CMS To Be More Flexible With Meaningful Use Stage 2

Meaningful Use Stage 2 will go on as planned with no further extensions, but Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced that the agency would be more flexible about providing hardship exemptions for providers and vendors truly struggling to meet the incentive program’s requirements. Such exemptions–in which providers wouldn’t receive an incentive payment, but […]

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5 Ways Technology Can Enable Accountable Care

5 Ways Technology Can Enable Accountable Care

Leading by example, giving patients better access to their health records and borrowing innovations from other industries are all good strategies to transform healthcare, according to a panel of experts at FierceHealthIT’s executive breakfast, “Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care,” held at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual conference in […]

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New CMS and ONC Tool Enables Providers to Meet Transitions of Care Measure

New CMS and ONC Tool Enables Providers to Meet Transitions of Care Measure

Are you a provider who is demonstrating Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, a new CMS and ONC tool called the Randomizer will let you exchange data with a Test EHR in order to meet measure #3 of the Stage 2 transitions of care requirement. The transitions of care requirement for eligible professionals and eligible hospitalsincludes three measures. Measure #3 is […]

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New Attestation Guidelines on Batch Reporting

New Attestation Guidelines on Batch Reporting

Starting in 2014, groups will be allowed to submit attestation information for all of their individual Medicare eligible professionals in one file for upload to the attestation system, rather than having to attest for each provider individually. However, providers will still be required to individually register for participation in the EHR Incentive Programs or designate a third party […]

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