Learn about Timing of Quality Measure Alignment at CMS

In order to reduce the burden of multiple quality reporting initiatives, CMS is working to align quality measurement across programs.  As part of the eHealth initiative, CMS has created a timeline of quality measurement alignment for eligible professionals (EPs).

This timeline includes upcoming activities that CMS is taking or that EPs can take to prepare for this alignment.

By 2013:

Sequestration Impact on EHR Incentive Programs

Incentive payments made through the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for 2 months.  As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2%.

More Than Half of HITEC-LA Eligible Primary Care Providers Have Reached Meaningful Use with Certified Electronic Health Records

A project of L.A. Care Health Plan, HITEC-LA offers eligible health care providers federally-subsidized assistance to upgrade from outdated paper files to efficient computerized systems that enable clinical improvements

LOS ANGELES – HITEC-LA announced that more than 1,500 of its members who are eligible primary care providers have reached meaningful use with certified electronic health record (EHR) systems.  A project of L.A.

eHealth Resources Available on CMS Website

Last week CMS launched its eHealth initiative at the 13th annual HIMSS conference in New Orleans. To help providers and vendors learn more about the initiative, CMS developed new resources about eHealth and how it will improve health care delivery.

HITEC-LA Awarded HCCN Grant Services Contract from CCALAC

A Project of L.A. Care Health Plan, HITEC-LA to Help 27 L.A. County Clinics Reach Meaningful Use Stage 2 on Certified Electronic Health Records and Improve Care Quality

Los Angeles, CA – HITEC-LA announced its selection as Service Partner for Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) to provide L.A.

EPs Can Use CMS' New Interactive Resource to Determine Timeline for Participation in the EHR Incentive Programs

CMS recently posted a new web resource for eligible professionals (EPs), My EHR Participation Timeline, to the EHR Incentive Programs

HITEC-LA Helps Over 3,000 L.A. County Primary Care Providers Go Live on Electronic Health Records

Federally-subsidized program reaches milestone in efforts to help eligible health care providers upgrade from outdated paper files to efficient computerized systems that allow quality care improvements

LOS ANGELES – HITEC-LA announced that it helped more than 3,000 primary care providers go live on certified electronic health record (EHR) systems.  HITEC-LA will continue to help these providers achieve meaningful use, enabling their expanded health IT capabilities to improve patient care.

Attest by February 28 to Get Paid for 2012

Eligible professionals (EPs) who participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2012 must complete attestation for the 2012 program year by February 28, 2013. In order to be eligible to attest you must have completed your 2012 reporting period by December 31, 2012.

CMS encourages Medicare EPs to register and attest as soon as possible to resolve any potential issues that may delay their payment.

Medicaid EPs should check with their State for their attestation deadline.

AMS Launches SPHER™ Breach Detection Service

SPHER™ significantly reduces the time required to meet HIPAA and meaningful use privacy and security requirements

LOS ANGELES – All Medical Solutions (AMS) announced today the launch of its SPHER™ breach detection service for electronic health records (EHRs) that helps solo, small group, and clinic health care providers meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and meaningful use Stage 1 privacy and security requirements.

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