Upcoming GA-HITEC events, CMS important updates, EHR related information, and Meaningful use information
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April 21, 2015
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GA-HITEC events and EHR news.

Upcoming Events

Meaningful Use Stage 3 Proposed Rule
This proposed rule encourages eligible providers and hospitals to shift the EHR Incentive Programs to focus more-so to interoperability and improved patient outcomes. It will also further align other other CMS based incentive programs such as PQRS.
GA-HITEC Webinar: Improving Health Outcomes with Data and Coordination of Care
Data and population health can increase the health outcomes of your population. How can we use technology for better coordination of care... April 21, 2015

CMS Webinar: Special Enrollment Periods in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace 
CCIIO will host a webinar for agents and brokers who are registered with the FFM and are interested in continuing to assist consumers now that the 2015 Open Enrollment period has ended. April 29, 2015 2:00 PM EST

OMH Webinar: Addressing the Healthcare Needs of the Transgender Patients

This webinar aims to build competency in addressing the clinical needs of transgender patients in a culturally appropriate manner and will feature promising practices of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) April 30, 2015

Reports and Resources

Funding Opportunity: Improve Sharing of Health Information
HHS announces $1 Million in new grant program to help improve sharing of health information Learn more...

2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory Public Comments
ONC is accepting public comments on the open draft of the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The comment period will be open for approximately 90 days and will end at 5 pm EST on Friday, May 1, 2015. Learn more...


CMS Updates

Weekly CMS updates and highlights with the corresponding resource links.

CMS and ONC NPRMS Now Available for Comment; Meaningful Use Stage 3
CMS and ONC invite the public to submit comments on the recently released notices of proposed rule making (NPRMs). May 29, 2015

Open Door Forum: Home Health Electronic Clinical Template and Home Paper Clinical Template
To assist physicians/practitioners in documenting patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit, CMS is considering the development of a home health clinical template April 28, 2015.  Learn more
Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-603-1774
Conference ID#: 78964234

Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Inpatient and Long-Term Care Hospital Policy and Payment Changes (CMS-1632-P)
On April 17, 2015 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2016 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) April 30, 2015

News for Federally-Facilitated Marketplace Agents and Brokers - April 2015 Edition
Although Open Enrollment periods in the SHOP Marketplace will vary from employer to employer, qualified employees may have a right to sign up for coverage or make changes to their coverage outside of the time frame. Learn More

CMS Releases First Ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings
CMS for the first time introduced star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver.
Learn more...

Proposed Fiscal Year 2016 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities
Section 4432(a) of the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 modified how payment is made for Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) services. Learn More

CMS Open Payments Deadline: May 2015
The Open Payments system will alert the reporting applicable manufacturer or GPO of the dispute.  After being alerted, the applicable manufacturer or GPO will work with you directly to resolve the dispute. Learn More

CMS Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Data Submission Deadline: May 2015
The next Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) deadline for the submission of quality data is May 15, 2015, at 11:59 PM PT.  Learn More
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