CMS Fact Sheet: Stage 2 Meaningful Use

In a recent publication from CMS.gov, CMS proposed requirements for Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program.

Here is the information as posted in this fact sheet. You may find it lacking in detail, such as the 17 new core criteria and 5 new menu criteria (of which 3 are required), but it gives an overview nonetheless. Physicians  will have an additional year – through 2014 – to meet requirements for Stage 2.

CMS PROPOSES DEFINITION OF STAGE 2 MEANINGFUL USE OF CERTIFIED ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD (EHR) TECHNOLOGY

 

Medical Mastermind now ONC-ATCB certified for Meaningful Use

Medical Mastermind Practice Management Software
Certified for Meaningful Use

Software Unlimited, Inc.’s premier offering, Medical Mastermind Practice Management, has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning EHR Module Certification.

The designation officially deems the software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“This certification is critical for our physicians to achieve meaningful use by helping meet key ONC criteria” says James R. Milligan, CEO of Software Unlimited, Inc. “This means our Healthcare providers can be secure in using Medical Mastermind as part of the solution to meeting full EMR attestation.  In combination with our certified EMR offering, our customers can be assured of receiving ARRA reimbursements after attesting to Meaningful Use.”

Medical Mastermind is certified for privacy and security criteria, which supports HIPAA, as well as a number of other ambulatory criteria such as smoking status and demographic information.

The Medical Mastermind Practice Management software qualifies as an “EHR Module” for compliance certification. This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Software Unlimited, Inc., Certified on March 8, 2012, Medical Mastermind version 15.12, ID: 03082012-1490-5, CQMs: 170.302 G, O-U, 170.304 C; Additional software used: TrueCrypt.

About Drummond Group
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient.  Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to http://www.drummondgroup.com.

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Medical Mastermind Practice Management Software Certified for Meaningful Use

ONC-ATCB certificationSoftware Unlimited, Inc.’s premier offering, Medical Mastermind Practice Management, has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning EHR Module Certification.

The designation officially deems the software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“This certification is critical for our physicians to achieve meaningful use by helping meet key ONC criteria” says James R. Milligan, CEO of Software Unlimited, Inc. “This means our Healthcare providers can be secure in using Medical Mastermind as part of the solution to meeting full EMR attestation.  In combination with our certified EMR offering, our customers can be assured of receiving ARRA reimbursements after attesting to Meaningful Use.”

Medical Mastermind is certified for privacy and security criteria, which supports HIPAA, as well as a number of other ambulatory criteria such as smoking status and demographic information.

The Medical Mastermind Practice Management software qualifies as an “EHR Module” for compliance certification. This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Software Unlimited, Inc., Certified on March 8, 2012, Medical Mastermind version 15.12, ID: 03082012-1490-5, CQMs: 170.302 G, O-U, 170.304 C; Additional software used: TrueCrypt.

About Drummond Group
Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient.  Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to http://www.drummondgroup.com.

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Two Important Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements!

If you are barely getting your mind around Stage 1 meaningful use criteria, you’ll need to sit down for Stage 2! There are many additional changes, but from the detailed article in emrandehr.com, these two changes in particular stand out as a “heads up” for planning ahead:

  1. True interoperability is required—Stage 2 no longer asks providers to test their ability to exchange clinical data, but rather requires them to successfully exchange information on an ongoing basis across organizational and EHR vendor boundaries.
  2. Providers will be accountable, to some degree, for actions by patients. For example, it will no longer be sufficient to make clinical information available to patients online—in Stage 2, a percentage of patients will have to actually access this information.

Read the list of proposed Stage 2 rules here.

New update to Medical Mastermind

Version 15.12.55 is now available and downloadable from our web site. Go to Client Login and log in to access the new version.

Download the documentation as well: 1512.doc.

For assistance with your update, contact support at (410) 602-9250, or support@suimd.com.

Maryland Home Health Care providers on a deadline for e-claims

If you are a home health care provider in the state of Maryland, you recently received a letter from DMDH regarding the electronic submission of Medicaid claims.

You have until April 12th of this year to begin submitting your claims electronically, or risk waiting weeks for reimbursements.

If you find yourself in a mild panic because you haven’t even thought about this, you are not alone! The good news is that you can meet this deadline easily and affordably with Medical Mastermind’s billing solution.

If you have never done this before, we can help. We offer a very easy to use program that can have you in compliance before the April 4th deadline (less than 4 weeks away!).

But, you must act quickly. If you choose our solution, you must begin implementation no later than March 26th in order to meet the April 4th deadline.

You can contact us for all the details at (800) 747-9099, or info@suimd.com.

 

Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

Requirements

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to receive your Medicare incentive dollars by following three easy steps…

  1. Purchase a qualified E-prescribing system like Rcopia from DrFirst.
  2. Add G8553 to your Superbill as a cpt code.
  3. Bill G8553 for at least 25 unique electronic prescribing events.

Because of the well documented cost and safety benefits of e-prescribing, CMS has made recent alterations to the Electroinc Prescribing Incentive Program to ensure e-prescribing software is adopted by as many eligible professionals as possible.  See below for specific changes being implemented for 2010:

  • There is only one G-code (G8553) to show a visit resulted in an e-prescription.
  • Providers are only required to enter the new G-code 25 times during the calendar year.
  • In addition to claims-based reporting, any Registry or EHR which has qualified for 2010 PQRI may be used for reporting.
  • The incentives are now extended to professional services furnished in skilled nursing facilities, domiciliary care, and the home care setting.

How are electronic prescriptions counted when reporting the Electronic Prescribing (E-Rx) Incentive Program?

Instances of E-Rx on Medicare Part B eligible patient encounters are counted to determine successful reporting under E-Rx.

Depending on the reporting mechanism selected, please refer to the measure specifications for reporting individual claims and registry, EHR, or Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO).

Additional  criteria for successful reporting are included in each measure specification.

Claims-based reporting example:  Medicare Part B patient A sees Dr. X for an office visit on January 14.  Dr. X generates and transmits 3 E-Rx prescriptions.  Dr. X bills encounter code 99215 and submits quality-data code (QDC) G8553 on the claim.  Even though Dr. X generated and transmitted e E-Rx prescriptions, this would count as one (1) instance of E-Rx reporting.  If patient A returns to see Dr. X January 28 AND Dr. X generates and transmits 2 E-Rx prescriptions, bills 99212, and submits QDC G8553 on the claim, this would count as one (1) instance of E-Rx reporting.

Note that Patient A does not have to be a unique patient to report E-Rx again.  In this example, Dr. X satisfied 2 eligible instances of reporting the E-Rx measure for the E-Rx Incentive Program.

Payments

Practices can earn a bonus equal to 2% of their annual Medicare billings per provider in 2010.  In 2012, practices that have not adopted e-prescribing will be penalized by a 0.5% decrease in Medicare reimbursements that escalate into a 1.5% penalty in 2014 and beyond until the provider adopts a certified e-prescribing system.

Not Convinced Yet on Automating Your Appointment Reminder Process?

Automated notifications are nothing new; they are mainstream in today’s society.

You receive them from your bank, cell phone vendor, pharmacy, etc.  When you book airline tickets online, you receive notifications about flight status.  People are busy and  have come to appreciate these types of notifications.

Offering automated appointment reminders to your patients cuts down on no-shows and allows your staff to focus on higher priority tasks.

Statistically, practices that call patients manually between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm have a less than 15% chance of reaching the patients.  Automated solutions are timed so that calls connect with patients 80-85% of the time. And, automated solutions generally cost less per day to use than hourly staff.

Practices use automated messaging for Appointment Reminders, Recalls, Account Balance Notifications and Emergency/Inclement Weather Closings via phone, email and 2-way text messaging.

Contact Patients the Way They Want to be Contacted

160 patients, ages 19-92, at a multispecialty practice were surveyed on how they prefer to be reminded of their appointments.  The results are as follows:

  • 91% of patients prefer using text messaging.

Of the patients that use text messaging…

  • 81% want appointment confirmations via text. (67% said they would likely respond to confirm their appointments.  However, confirmation rates are often as much as 75%.)
  • 42% prefers confirmations via automated phone call.
  • 41% prefers confirmations via email.
  • 26% prefer confirmations via call from staff.

Contact patients the way they prefer to be contacted and allow staff to focus on higher priority tasks.

For more information, contact Televox and use promo code SUI for a 50% discount on set up fees. Televox solutions can be used with Prognocis EMR or Medical Mastermind Practice Management.

How to Attest for Meaningful Use by CMS.gov