Posts Tagged ‘EHR’

Start eRx by 6/30 to avoid 1% CMS Penalty in 2012

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The latest “CMS” announcements regarding eligibility requirements and registration as it relates to eRx, and EHR incentives may require you to act now (between now and June 30th), in order to maximize the available incentives and minimize any penalties.

Although a 1% Medicare penalty for failing to use e-prescribing doesn’t officially kick in until 2012, physicians must implement and use eRX (ePrescribing) at least 10 times between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2011, to avoid the pay cut in 2012, and at least 25 times by the end of 2011 to avoid a penalty in 2013.

The e-prescribing program began paying out bonuses in 2009 and will continue through 2013, at which point it sunsets. Bonus payments for meaningful use of EHR began this year and will be available through 2015 or 2016, depending on the first year in which a practice adopts a system. Penalties for nonparticipation in the e-prescribing program will be levied between 2012 and 2014. Penalties for failing to adopt a certified EHR begin in 2015.

eRx Incentives
There are a number of changes with regards to eRx that were recently announced. Hence, much of this is new to everyone. You do not get both – eRx incentive and ARRA Stimulus/EHR Incentive. However, you CAN be penalized for both.

The following are some important points that come to mind as it relates to the recent announcements:

  • eRx - I knew there were going to be payment reductions for those providers who do not utilize electronic prescribing, beginning in 2012. The aspect that was ‘News’ to me - the 2012 eRx Payment Adjustment penalty will be assessed on whether or not an individual provider/Group Practice has sent the requisite number of eRx’s between January 1 and June 30th of 2011, not 2012. [http://www.cms.gov/ERxIncentive/]
  • EHR Incentive Program – For more information regarding the ARRA/EHR Incentive Program, including Eligibility, Registration & Attestation, “Meaningful Use”, etc. you may want to consult the following website and particularly the web page for “Registration and Attestation” [http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/20_RegistrationandAttestation.asp#TopOfPage] if your intent is to register as an “Eligible Professional”.

HST selected our Ingenix CareTracker PM/EHR solution for a number of reasons. One of those reasons was the phased approach that could be taken to adopt the various modules of the system (PM, eRx, Lab Results, Charting, and Patient Portal).

The bottom line is, if you are not sending electronic prescriptions by June 30, 2010 – you will see a 1% Medicare Fee Schedule reduction in 2012. We can help to avoid these penalties. eRx is the first step in moving to EHR. It isn’t a difficult one. For those already using our Ingenix CareTracker PM system (Scheduling, Patient Demographics, Reporting, etc) – this transition is very seamless. It’s already there – you will just need to begin using it. For those not yet using our Scheduling system – we’ll need to discuss your options in more detail.

If you have concerns, questions, or feel that you would like to get up and going on eRx - call me today, 800-372-7790 #23 (toll free). I will provide you with the step-by-step plan to get you started and put you in touch with Rickie Probert who will help you with training.

Visit our site for more information on our Medical Billing Services and Ingenix CareTracker PM and CareTracker EHR solutions.

Geoff Lusty
Vice President - HST

HST Receives 2010 Ingenix CareTracker Channel Partner of the Year Award

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I’m proud to announce that Healthcare Support Technologies was named the 2010 Ingenix CareTracker Channel Partner of the Year!

We’re thrilled to have received this prestigious honor, and have worked hard over the years to implement this simply awesome technology in all of our independent physician practices.

Click here to read the full press release

Visit our site for more information on our Medical Billing Services and Ingenix CareTracker PM and CareTracker EHR solutions.

Geoff Lusty
Vice President - HST

Meaningful Use Registration Now Open

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

As many of you may already know, registration is open as of  Monday January 3, 2011 for eligible health care professionals who wish to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

Today, registration in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will be available in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. In February, registration will open in California, Missouri, and North Dakota. Additional states will most likely launch their Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs during the spring and summer of 2011.  To learn more about the two EHR Incentive Programs, please visit a special CMS web site dedicated to these programs at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/01_Overview.asp#TopOfPage
 
All eligible health care professionals must register at a site maintained by CMS in order to participate in either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.  Please visit the Registration and Attestation web site at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/20_RegistrationandAttestation.asp#TopOfPage to learn more about what is needed to register.  This registration page is open as of today, January 3, 2011.

HST is currently accepting new clients who are interested in adopting our integrated Medical Billing and EHR solution. We can help you to get registered and start to qualifying for these Meaningful Use dollars today!

Visit our site for more information on our Medical Billing Services and Ingenix CareTracker PM and CareTracker EHR solutions.

Geoff Lusty
Vice President - HST