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Avoid Medicare Penalties in 2015 by Attesting in 2014

While the question is simple - how do I avoid Medicare penalties?  - the answer is complex.  All who plan to attest during 2014 (i.e. after 28 Feb 2014) must attest by 1 Oct 2014 to avoid 2015 penalties. Only EPs eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, who also bill Medicare Part B allowed charges, are at risk for the payment adjustments. Eligible Professionals for » Read More

EHR Incentive Updates & Changes

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, there were several minor changes to the EHR Incentive Payment Program for specific measures, the most significant of which is how a Medicaid encounter is defined. A Medicaid encounter means services rendered to an individual on any one day where: The individual was enrolled in a Medicaid program (or a Medicaid demonstration project approved under section 1115 of the » Read More

Preparing for an Audit

By: Fran Nay, Optum You’ve finally attested to Meaningful Use Stage 1, or you are almost ready to do so.  The Measures and Quality Metrics look good; your certified system is in order.  Time to breathe a sigh of relief?  Maybe – if your information could also sustain an audit! While relatively few audits have been performed (and therefore there is not a good body of evidence related to the » Read More

Benefits of DSM

Melinda M. Rathkopf, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, FAAP Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Center of Alaska The fax machine has long overstayed its welcome in the world of healthcare. Today, there’s a much better way to share clinical information that’s safer and more secure than a stack of fax pages could ever hope to be—it’s called direct secure messaging. Also known simply as DSM, direct secure messaging » Read More

Provider Spotlight: Dr. John Hunter, M.D.

A round of applause is in order for Dr. John Hunter and his internal medicine staff at Dr. John Hunter, M.D., for their successful achievement of meaningful use! » Read More