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Because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has shelled out about $19 million of their $27 million budget in just three months, physicians should assume that they will be audited and make preparations so they are not caught off guard and the audit goes as smoothly as possible. Audits have been occurring frequently across  [ Read More ]

Top government endorsed certifying body Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has announced that it will transition to an advisory role to healthcare vendors and providers, as it is no longer profitable in its current role. CCHIT will no longer certify or test EHR software for the first time since 2006. Instead, the CCHIT  [ Read More ]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently conducted a patient participation survey on incentive payments under the Meaningful Use program and polled participants in the following categories: Meaningful Use participation, eligible professionals, and eligible hospitals. The results show strong participation and success, with 436,000 eligible professionals and hospitals having registered for the Meaningful  [ Read More ]

Contrary to the popular conception, ICD-10 is more about documentation than creating new codes. Physicians know the cardinal rule is that if it wasn’t documented, it didn’t happen. Specifically speaking about ICD-10, each code is built individually based on a patient’s visit to the physician from admission to discharge. It is important for every aspect  [ Read More ]

Unlike Stage 1 Meaningful Use, which puts the responsibility for success fully on the shoulders of hospitals and healthcare professionals, Stage 2 Meaningful Use requires more involvement from participants of the EHR Incentive Program to engage each other as well as their patients. Because the next stage of meaningful use poses some challenges there has been  [ Read More ]

In an article recently published in EHR Intelligence, the President of the American Medical Association (AMA), Ardis Dee Hoven MD, says the organization is gearing up for a very busy year ahead. The AMA faces some substantial challenges this year, mainly due to national issues, federal changes, the implementation of IDC-10, and the beginning for  [ Read More ]

Good news for the healthcare IT industry – according to a recent study conducted by the research firm Markets and Markets, the North American health IT market will grow at a compound annual rate of 7.4% to reach a total value of $31.3 billion in 2017, compared to $21.9 billion in 2012. More specifically, the  [ Read More ]

Industry stakeholders and experts are continuing to share feedback about CMS’ decision to delay the implementation of Stage 2 and 3 of Meaningful Use. CMS’ proposed program would extend Stage 2 through 2016 and delay Stage 3 until 2017 for physicians and healthcare providers who have already completed at least two years of Stage 2.  [ Read More ]

Oct. 1, 2014 is D-Day for healthcare providers and facilities across the nation. That’s when the new ICD-10 billing codes go into effect in a major transition for the industry. You’re probably spending time and resources preparing, but do you know all of the benefits of ICD-10 so you can get a return on your  [ Read More ]

You might know that in order to ensure that doctors and professionals meet all the criteria required for the EHR Meaningful Use Program, CMS has authorized audits for pre-payment and post-payment. The selection process is both random and targeted, and will impact up to ten percent of the program participants. While the new addition might  [ Read More ]