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Notice of CMS Rule Allowing Flexibility in Certified EHR Technology for 2014 Meaningful Use

CMS has now finalized the proposed 2014 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) for Meaningful Use (MU) rule which gives providers some flexibility when attesting in 2014. This rule takes into account the struggle EHR vendors have had in developing and rolling out 2014 certified versions and that physician offices and hospitals have had in their implementation. The ruling also pushes stage three of Meaningful Use out to 2017.

According to the press release by CMS, "These updates to the EHR Incentive Programs support HHS' commitment to implementing an effective health information technology infrastructure that elevates patient-centered care, improves health outcomes, and supports the providers that care for patients." Read more. . .


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We are neutral: As a private, non-profit organization incorporated in Nevada and Utah. We are vendor neutral. Our interest is in serving your best interest.

We are Experienced: We are expert facilitators of EHR adoption and effective use. Since 2004, we have helped over 400 physician practices in Nevada and Utah overcome barriers to adopting and effectively using EHRs to improve patient care.

HealthInsight works with you to help your practice achieve meaningful use with your electronic health record (EHR), and to take advantage of stimulus funding.

REC Met Recruitment Goal
HealthInsight successfully met our recruitment goal to provide EHR Adoption and Meaningful Use services to 1463 primary care providers in Nevada and Utah. HealthInsight is working to position itself to be prepared to work with additional providers should additional funding become available. All providers interested in being part of this potential subsidized assistance should submit a letter of intent to participate.

The REC team will continue to offer direct technical assistance to providers on a fee-for-service basis. Please contact us for additional information. More...


Services Available From HealthInsight

  • Initial readiness assessment
  • Workflow analysis
  • Tailored selection tools
  • Referrals to mentor clinics
  • Contract negotiation tools
  • Project management and implementation
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  • Health information exchange assistance
  • Getting to Meaningful Use


Achieving Meaningful Use

Is your practice on track to meet Meaningful Use for 2012?

October 3rd is your last chance to begin a 90-day reporting period to qualify for the full $18,000 initial incentive payment. Meet with your HealthInsight Project Coordinator today to make sure that you are ready for attestation.

The Medicare Meaningful Use EHR incentive program allows eligible providers to receive $44,000 over the course of five years. Eligible providers may begin attesting to Meaningful Use at any time between now and 2016, but the financial incentive decreases substantially for first year Meaningful Use attestations after January 1, 2013.

Providers that wait to begin their 90-day attestation period after October 3, 2012 will forfeit 11.4% of the total incentive payment. The bulk of that loss, 60%, is taken from the first payment, which is made for the first 90 days of meeting the requirements for Meaningful Use.

Don’t let October 3rd take you by surprise. Contact HealthInsight or your REC Facilitator today at  rec@healthinsight.org or 800-483-0932 to make sure you can extract the maximum $44,000 from the Medicare Meaningful Use EHR incentive program.

Providers partnered with the Regional Extension Center twice as likely to meet Meaningful Use

On July 26th, the Government Accountability Office released a report that confirmed our experience: Providers who work with Regional Extension Centers are twice as likely to receive Medicare EHR Incentive Payments as those who don’t. In 2011, over 56,000 providers nationwide made the commitment to health IT and received $967 million in incentive payments.

There is more to be done, but we want to thank you for your continued leadership in moving toward meaningful use. If you would like to read the GAO report, Electronic Health Records: Number and Characteristics of Providers Awarded Medicare Incentive Payments for 2011, you can find it at  http://goo.gl/zjsVa.

Remember, 2012 is the last year Eligible Providers can receive the full Medicare Meaningful Use incentive payment and we have the practice and HIT expertise to help you achieve meaningful use.

CMS Releases Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rule

On August 23, 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. CMS published the following tools to help providers understand the new rule.

  • Stage 2 Rule
  • Stage 2 Fact Sheet
  • ONC Standards & Certification Criteria Rule
  • ONC Standards & Certification Criteria Rule Fact Sheet
  • For more resources, visit CMS’s Meaningful Use Stage 2 website
Read the Stage 2 rule.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced final rules to help improve Americans’ health, increase safety and reduce health care costs through expanded use of electronic health records (EHRs).

The proposed rulemaking was released at the end of 2009, and since that time the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and the HIT Policy Committee, considered thousands of public comments and worked together to define requirements that will provide incentive payments to eligible providers and hospitals who achieve Meaningful Use. This provision, defining Meaningful Use, has been updated in the final rule to reflect a more flexible, consistent, and simpler message.

Some interesting changes to note in the final rule:

  • More consistent message between CMS programs
  • Easier calculations of measures
  • Greater flexibility in achieving objectives
HealthInsight, the Regional Extension Center looks forward to working alongside you to provide resources and assistance as you take steps toward adopting, implementing, or in achieving Meaningful Use with a certified electronic health record.


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