National Safe Toys and Gifts Month 2012:
Read on for Ways to Keep Children Safe

December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month, a project led by Prevent Blindness America. The group hopes to educate parents and other gift shoppers through awareness efforts all throughout the month. The rate at which children are being checked into ERs due to choking, eye injuries, or even poisoning is astonishing. Hundreds of thousands of children have undergone unnecessary injuries due to poorly made items and misuse of toys.

This holiday season, Meditab hopes to spread the word on the many easy ways parents can keep their children safe. Simple tips such as looking for the appropriate warning labels can help save children’s lives. Toys are meant to be used as a developmental tool as well as a recreational activity for children, not to cause harm. Children should be carefully instructed on the proper use for a toy and they should be supervised at all times.

Labels are the best way to decide whether a toy or other item is right for a child. Most new toys have appropriate age labels and these should be abide by. Fabric items should be non-flammable and/or flame resistant, stuffed items should be machine washable, and art supplies must read non-toxic. Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they”ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Also, outdoor recreational items such as skateboards or baseballs should be accompanied by the appropriate safety gear (such as helmets and gloves).

When buying toys or other items for children keep these simple tips in mind. Happy Holidays from Meditab Software Inc.

ANSI 5010 Update: Why everyone should transition now

As we shift gears towards the holidays, the one thing left for Meditab to do as we prepare to receive the new year, is make sure everyone is ready for ANSI 5010.

Our training and support team has been hard at work hosting webinars, creating simple checklists, scheduled E-blast reminders, setting up provider’s EDIs for their specific clearinghouses, and conducting courtesy calls to clients in efforts to make sure all IMS users are completely prepared and reimbursed on time come January 2012.

Meditab IMS has long been ANSI 5010 and ICD-10 ready, striving to maintain our “Practice On” promise while ensuring that our doctors and nurse practitioners continue to ‘practice on’ with peace of mind that, with IMS, all state and federal regulations will be met and receiving reimbursements on time will not be a challenge.

QUICK ANSI 5010 NOTE

Any and all providers still using Version 4010 will not be able to be reimbursed after January 1, 2012. The extension is mostly beneficial to those providers who are still unfamiliar with Version 5010, allowing for some time to overcome challenges. CMS made it very clear that ANSI 5010 will still be mandatory by January 1st, however enforcing penalties will not take place until March 31st, 2012. After March 31st CMS will begin penalizing providers who use Version 5010 incorrectly. It is in the physicians’ best interest in reaching out to Meditab and converting to Version 5010 as soon as possible, that way January through March are used strategically in working out any kinks with the new version.

Visit the main website www.meditab.com to schedule a demo.

Meditab/SuiteMed, Approved MHS” EMR/EHR Vendor, at the Vendor Fair on Monday

Meditab/SuiteMed Team Members! From Left: Michelle, Ron, and Kirk

The Meditab/SuiteMed team participated in the Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) Vendor Fair this week, concluding a seven-day vendor fair series hosted by MHS. As part of MHS’ continuing commitment to aid its physician network in providing excellent quality care and services, MHS created its EHR Donation Program for which Meditab/Suitemed IMS was made an approved EMR/EHR vendor.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Attestation is Extended Until 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that providers who attest to Meaningful Use within 2011 will not have to begin Stage 2 until 2014. This places a delay on the initial start date for Stage 2 from 2013 to 2014. Attesting to Meaningful Use within 2011 will give providers more time to prepare for Stage 2, as well as the opportunity to collect incentive payments for 2011, since there is still time to qualify.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated, “Doctors who act quickly can also qualify for incentive payments
in 2011 as well as 2012.”

Meditab is here to help providers qualify for all the incentives associated with purchasing an EMR before the end of the year. Meditab’s IMS is a CCHIT Meaningful Use certified, ANSI 5010 and ICD-10 ready, fully integrated EMR/EHR and practice management solution. Meditab’s focus is to maintain peace of mind amongst its users, ensuring full compliance of all government regulations, increased returns and higher quality of care.

Special Incentives for “Pioneers” (those who purchased EMR/EHR within 2011)

Previously, providers who attested Stage 1 during 2011 were required to begin Stage 2 in 2013, while providers who attested Stage 1 in 2012 were not required to begin Stage 2 until 2014. This rule unintentionally penalized providers who attested early and were among the pioneers, those who were an essential tool in helping vendors work out the kinks with their products, enabling them to meet the needs of practices as well as government regulations.

HHS stated, “We encourage any providers who have been waiting until 2012 to attest to Stage 1 meaningful use now. Under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, providers who attest early receive greater incentives. And now those providers who first attest in 2011 can get three payment years for meeting the Stage 1 expectations, while those first attesting in 2012 can only get two payment years under Stage 1 criteria.”

The official regulation will be published in February 2012 in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Let’s look forward to a bright future in healthcare!

It’s no secret that these past few years have been tough on the healthcare industry. As technology and healthcare continues to evolve, providers continue their search for assistance in staying on top of the ongoing changes. The past two years were easier to embrace for some more than others. Those physicians who have implemented electronic medical software at an early stage have served as pioneers and are possibly the the least affected, compared to those doctors who have been slow to move away from paper and manual labor, by the implemented government regulations.

As we slowly migrate into an integrated electronic healthcare system and as the regulating bodies become stricter, physicians will only find peace of mind by the steps taken today in moving forward with choosing the ideal EMR/EHR for their practice. It may seem like a dark path ahead, but a bright future is promised!

Already positive news is striking the industry with conversion rates doubling from 2008 to 2011. With this increase in conversions and assistance of the “pioneers”, referring to those who implemented an EMR/EHR prior to 2011, physicians as well as regulating bodies will have less challenges with attesting Stage 2 of Meaningful Use than that of Stage 1 of attestation.

According to InformationWeek, many hospitals that have already attested to Stage 1 found that none of their patients had requested electronic copies of their discharge instructions at the time of discharge. However, providing such electronic copies to 50% of patients who request the discharge instructions is among the core measures for Stage 1 compliance.

With ANSI 5010 conversion just around the corner, Meditab offers peace of mind for their clients allowing them to continue to Practice On with minimum to no challenges. We, at Meditab take pride in being pioneers in the industry, always staying abreast of industry changes and innovations. With that said, Meditab has implemented the most significant changes (ANSI 5010 and ICD-10) almost half a year in advance.

With the continuous increase in conversion and attestation rates, regulating bodies will become more knowledgeable about what is important for physicians and the industry as a whole, only then will the natural flow of progression will resume!

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/healthcare/policy/231901414

Health Care Innovation Challenge

Meditab encourages our users to participate in next year’s “Health Care Innovation Challenge”. CMS has a total of $1 billion to distribute to practices who will implement the most compelling and innovative ideas in effort to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, particularly those with the highest health care needs.

The “ideas” may be demonstrated through software adoption, workforce IT training, and/or infrastructure changes that yield the desired results. Winners will be announced in early spring 2012 receiving awards ranging from $1 million to $30 million for a period of three years. Upon receiving the awards, each grantee’s project will be monitored for measurable improvements in quality of care and returns.
Don’t miss out on this AWARD, qualify and be INNOVATIVE with IMS!

There are two simple steps to apply:

1- Submit a “letters of intent” by December 19th, 2011. Propose your general idea, practice location where the “innovation” would be implemented and demographic information for your practice.

Submit your letter of intent here: http://www.innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/innovation-challenge/loi.html

2- Present an application by January 27, 2012. Find Application online:
http://www.innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/innovation-challenge/index.html

World AIDS Day

“On this World AIDS Day, Meditab shows support and asks that you do as well by spreading awareness!”

"On this World AIDS Day, Meditab shows support and asks that you do as well by spreading awareness!"

 

On this 23rd anniversary of the World Aids Day commemoration, Meditab Software Inc. shows its
support by spreading awareness and showing respect to the estimated 33.3 million people living with HIV
across the globe and the 25 million who have died from the virus since 1981. Just to think that after so
many years there are still new cases of HIV and AIDS every single day inspires us to join in the effort to
spread awareness.

Despite the enormous numbers and all the efforts placed in dealing with this pandemic, there is still a
stigma that exists in living with HIV. Many live in fear or in shame, while others still do not know how to
protect themselves and others from HIV.

Meditab’s staff will be commemorating this important day by wearing RED in efforts to spread awareness
while implementing an entire World AIDS Day campaign throughout all Marketing initiatives.

Why Help Raise Awareness

According to the World AIDS Campaign, “World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and
Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness,
fight prejudice and improve education.”

For more information on HIV and AIDS, please visit HIVaware — a fun, interactive new website which
provides all the information everyone should know about HIV.