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CMS Releases Stage 2 Final Rule

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced the final rule for Stage 2 of meaningful use in the EHR Incentive Payments Program. This announcement marks the next step in transforming America’s health care system to a health IT-enabled one.

Official announcement at:  www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/08/20120823b.html

Click here for Press Release: CMS Releases Stage 2 Final Rule

Begin 90-Day Documentation in October for Medi-Cal 2012 Meaningful Use Attestation

The month of October is the last calendar month during which eligible professionals participating in Year 2 of the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program may begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012. For eligible professionals, this means that they must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October in order to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012.

October 3 is Last Day for Eligible Professionals to Begin 90-Day Reporting Period for 2012 Medicare EHR Incentive Program

Wednesday, October 3 is the last day for eligible professionals (EPs) to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year (CY) 2012 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. For EPs, this means that they must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October 3 in order to attest to meeting meaningful use and be eligible to receive an incentive payment for CY 2012.

Working with Regional Extension Centers Increases Health Care Providers’ Likelihood of Receiving EHR Incentive Payments

Los Angeles, CA – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that health care providers who worked with a Health IT Regional Extension Center were more than twice as likely to receive a payment under the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.  Since 2010, Regional Extension Centers throughout the U.S. have been helping health care providers overcome the challenges of adopting and implementing certified EHRs.

Important Information about the 2012 Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program

I. Basic Registration Information for the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program for 2012

DHCS Notice: Reassignment of Payments

In a recent incident DHCS learned that incentive payments for providers in a group/clinic had been mistakenly designated for receipt by providers when in fact the providers and the group/clinic had intended for the payments to be made to the group/clinic.  This occurred because a group/clinic representative, acting as a proxy for providers in the National Level Registry (NLR), had mistakenly designated the providers as payees for the payments.  The providers, group/clinic, and DHCS did not realize this until after the applications had been approved by both DHCS and CMS.  Unfo

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