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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 13, 2017 9:23 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017, to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.

If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/EHR.htm...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 24, 2017 9:34 AM
The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics conducts the National Health Care Surveys, which include the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). These nationally representative surveys provide data and information used by Congress, health care services researchers and others to shape health care policy and the future of health care in the United States.

The National Center for Health Statistics is accepting registration from eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) of their intent to submit data to the National Health Care Surveys as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use). Providers may attest...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:25 AM
Adverse drug events fell by 67,000 between 2010 and 2013 as the result of the federal “meaningful use” program that offered financial incentives to hospitals for using certified electronic health records (EHRs), according to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. Adverse drug events are harms experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. They affect nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients and can be deadly. To minimize such harms, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the meaningful use program in 2010, awarding financial incentives to hospitals and physicians who adopted specific information technology (IT) capabilities, such as computerized prescriber order entry. The new AHRQ study in Journal of the American Informatics Association (JAMIA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:15 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017, to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.

If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/EHR.htm...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:16 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, December 28, 2015 9:51 AM
The Kentucky Regional Extension Center's (REC) January 7 Transitions of Care (ToC) webinar will kick off the new year with an in-depth review of the Modified Stage 2 objective, Health Information Exchange and look ahead at what to expect in 2016. Direct Messaging will be discussed in further detail along with the benefits of being a member of the Community of Practice.The webinar will be the first of a series on what Direct Messaging is and how to implement it.

You may register for all of the ToC webinars or individual webinars by visiting the Transitions of Care Community of Practice Program...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:54 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are inviting the public to submit comments on the recently released notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs).

Due May 29:

Stage 3 of Meaningful Use NPRM – Specifies the Stage 3 requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the electronic health records...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:08 AM
Don’t miss an opportunity to receive incentive payments for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. The last day to begin a 2014 reporting period for first-year Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) is October 3. Medicare EPs must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. A few key points for EPs who have not yet started participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: Earning Incentives

October 3 is the last day to start the 90-day reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. If you start participation by October 3, you will have the opportunity to receive an incentive for 2014, and if you continue to achieve meaningful use, can earn incentive payments for 2015 and 2016 participation. If you wait and start participation in 2015, you will not be eligible to receive incentive payments, but can avoid payment adjustments. Avoiding Adjustments You will not avoid the payment adjustment in 2015,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:56 AM
Hospitals across the nation are struggling to maintain effective cybersecurity defenses, stay up to date on HIPAA compliance requirements and navigate the confusing waters of Meaningful Use audits. On August 6, KHA Solutions Group Affinity Partner LBMC Managed Security Services will host a webinar for KHA members that will help security and compliance personnel understand how to conduct a Risk Analysis that meets HIPAA and Meaningful Use requirements. It will also provide several practical steps hospitals can take to increase their cybersecurity defenses and reduce the likelihood of a data breach.

Participants will learn about mandates by the HIPAA Privacy and Security regulations — these regulations require hospitals to undertake mandatory periodic vulnerability scans as well as put in place systems to perform daily monitoring of data exchange and breach notification.

KHA Solutions Group has negotiated very competitive pricing for managed security services for KHA member hospitals. KHA Solutions...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:47 PM
From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

Payment adjustments for eligible hospitals that have not successfully participated in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program will begin on October 1. Hospitals can avoid the payment adjustment by taking action by April 1.

Hospitals that have never participated in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can:

Submit a hardship exception application for experiencing circumstances that posted a significant barrier to achieving meaningful use Begin 90 days of meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year...
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