Mar 30th, 2017
Since electronic medical records (EMR) have become prevalent, there has been concern whether documentation in the patient record accurately reflects medical necessity and the services provided. When I started working in the healthcare setting, we always told providers, “Not documented, not done.” Now, when I review a chart note, the question I have to ask ...
In CMS
Feb 13th, 2017
The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment—based on the 2015 EHR reporting period—is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. Visit the CMS website to find the EP Reconsideration Application. Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS saying you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR ...
Jan 18th, 2017
Dr. Vindell Washington, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discuss how the agencies they oversee have tackled the challenges of meeting clinicians’ data needs in a value-based healthcare system (The CMS Blog, Jan. 17). The goal, they say, is to use the ...
In CMS
Jan 18th, 2017
Eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program have been granted a little more time to submit their electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data for the 2016 reporting period. The original deadline of Feb. 28 has been extended to March 13. According ...
In MACRA
Jan 3rd, 2017
January 1, 2017, marked the start of the first performance year for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). And yet, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is still working out the details for this new quality incentive program. The agency released on December 29, 2016, a Fact Sheet regarding the Advancing Care Information (ACI) performance category. Although ...