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Upcoming GA-HITEC events, CMS important updates, EHR related information, and Meaningful use information
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June 15, 2015
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GA-HITEC events and EHR news.


Upcoming Events

HTH & GA-HITEC Webinar: InterQual - Clinical Decision Support and Meaningful Use
Who should attend? Hospital CIOs, IT, Clinical Informatics, Meaningful Use Team, CNOs, InterQual Users. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 12:30 PM EST

GA DPH Webinar: Understanding the Privacy & Security Requirements for Meaningful Use 
This webinar is sponsored by GA-HITEC. It will cover "Privacy & Security" as it relates to HealthIT, Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use in your organization. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:30 PM EST

GCT2 Webinar: Meaningful Use Stage 2 Readiness
Please join us for a monthly series of 30-minute webinars focused on quality improvement in your practice. These webinars collaborate on practice quality improvement, facilitating efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, and Meaningful Use.  Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:30 PM EST
 

Reports and Resources

American Academy of Family Practitioners
Avoid Malpractice, Increase Patient Access, Meaningful Use Changes, Tools for Welcome to Medicare Physicals (Learn More).

Free EHR Quality Measures Support

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CMS Updates

Weekly CMS updates and highlights with the corresponding resource links.

JULY 1 DEADLINE for 2016 EHR Hardship Exception Application!
Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.
 
The hardship exception applications and instructions for an individual and for multiple Medicare eligible professionals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website, and outline the specific types of circumstances that CMS considers to be barriers to achieving meaningful use, and how to apply.
To file a hardship exception, you must:.
  •  Show proof of a circumstance beyond your control.
  •  Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet meaningful use.
Supporting documentation must also be provided for certain hardship exception categories. CMS will review applications to determine whether or not a hardship exception should be granted.
 
You do not need to submit a hardship application if you:
  • are a newly practicing eligible professional
  • are hospital-based: a provider is considered hospital-based if he or she provides more than 90% of their covered professional services in either an inpatient (Place of Service 21) or emergency department (Place of Service 23), and certain observation services using Place of Service 22 ; or
  •  Eligible professionals with certain PECOS specialties (05-Anesthesiology, 22-Pathology, 30-Diagnostic Radiology, 36-Nuclear Medicine, 94-Interventional Radiology)
CMS will use Medicare data to determine your eligibility to be automatically granted a hardship exception.
 
Apply by July 1
As a reminder, the application must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1, 2015 to be considered.
 
If approved, the exception is valid for the 2016 payment adjustment only. If you intend to claim a hardship exception for a subsequent payment adjustment year, a new application must be submitted for the appropriate year.
 
In addition, providers who are not considered eligible professionals under the Medicare program are not subject to payment adjustments and do not need to submit an application. Those types of providers include:
·  Medicaid only
·  No claims to Medicare
·  Hospital-based

Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?

Visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the programs.
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