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Electronic Health Record Association Discourages Proposed Requirement to Report Patient-Level Data

The HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHR Association), a collaboration of 42 EHR supplier companies, in responding to the Center for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) proposed rules for  the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System for 2012, asked CMS Administrator, Donald M. Berwick, MD, to reconsider its proposal to require the submission of patient-level data as it pilots electronic submissions of clinical quality measures (CQMs) based on the burden it would impose on provider organizations and other considerations.

“Our comments on these lengthy proposed rules focus on issues related to electronic health records (EHRs),” said Mark Segal, PhD, EHR Association past vice chair and member of the EHR Association Executive Committee and Vice President, Government and Industry Affairs, GE Healthcare IT.  Dr. Segal went on to add, “Although we’re supportive of many of the proposed changes, we have serious concerns about the complexity and overhead of reporting discrete patient-level data for quality measures, rather than summary data, as is the case today. Other aspects of the proposed changes for 2012 make a lot of sense.  For example, allowing eligible professionals (EPs) to use either a qualified e-prescribing system or certified EHR technology for reporting helps physicians get value from their investments in health IT.”
The Association also expressed strong support for CMS’ stated intent to align the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and EHR incentive program quality measures and reporting approaches, as well as the general intent to pilot electronic reporting of quality measures and the continuation of the current EHR incentive program attestation approach for quality measure reporting.
“In the current environment, providers must understand and comply with several new programs, so it’s important that elements that are proven and operational be maintained in order to minimize uncertainty and maximize the value of prior technology investments,” added Leigh C. Burchell, Vice President of Government Affairs for Allscripts and Chair of the Association’s Public Policy Workgroup.  “Therefore, we would like CMS to reconsider its decision not to use the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) XML format to convey aggregate quality measures data from EHRs for electronic reporting as part of the EHR incentive program, and instead to use for the pilot (and likely beyond the pilot) a relatively untested measure electronic submission format that focuses on patient-level data.  We also ask CMS to make other changes to their proposed pilots that would encourage wider participation,” Ms. Burchell concluded.
The full text of the Association’s comments on both the physician and hospital proposals at www.himssehra.org.
About the HIMSS EHR Association
The EHR Association is a trade association of 42 electronic health record (EHR) companies that join together to lead the health IT industry in the accelerated adoption of electronic health records in hospital and ambulatory care settings in the US.  The Association provides a leadership forum for the EHR software provider community to speak with a unified voice relative to standards development, the EHR certification process, interoperability, performance and quality measures, and other EHR issues as they become subject to increasing government, insurance and provider-driven initiatives and requests.  Membership is open to HIMSS Corporate Members companies that design, develop and market their own EHRs.  The Association is a partner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and operates as an independent organizational unit within HIMSS.  For more information, visit http://www.himssEHRA.org.
September 6, 2011 I Written By

Health Care DataWorks, leading provider of Enterprise Data Warehousing and Business Analytics Solutions for Healthcare Organizations, Receives Meaningful Use Certification

Health Care DataWorks’ Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance has received the federal government’s meaningful use stamp of approval.  The criteria we received certification in are listed below with the rest of the details.
We are pleased to be one of the first data warehouse providers to receive MU certification and we are confident it will help the healthcare organizations who use our solutions obtain their own meaningful use certification and in turn assist them in qualifying for incentive funding.
(Columbus, OH) Health Care DataWorks (HCD) announces its Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) Appliance version 3.2 has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning EHR Modular certification to calculate and submit clinical quality measures for both inpatient practice and ambulatory practice types.  The official designation has been posted on the ONC Certified HIT Product List website. HCD is one of the first data warehouse providers to receive certification to calculate and submit clinical quality measures.

“Health Care DataWorks is proud to be one of the first EDW providers to earn Stage 1 certification to calculate and submit clinical quality measures,” said Herb Smaltz, CEO.  “This certification means healthcare organizations can now leverage our solution to help them achieve meaningful use and qualify for vital incentive dollars. Working with HCD can be especially beneficial for organizations that have multiple EHRs and whose constellation of EHR modules do not currently meet MU certification or for organizations that are unable for various reasons to upgrade to the latest MU certified EHR modules. Working with HCD simplifies the reporting process for such organizations.  In addition, these hospitals could use the EDW Appliance to calculate and submit clinical quality measures on their behalf which gets them a long way toward total compliance.”

The EDW Appliance is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and has been certified for the following meaningful use criteria:

•170.302(o) Access Control

•170.302(p) Emergency Access

•170.302(q) Automatic Log-Off

•170.302(r) Audit Log

•170.302(s) Integrity

•170.302(t) Authentication

•170.302(u) General Encryption

•170.302(v) Encryption when Exchanging Electronic Health Information

•170.306(i) Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures (Inpatient)

•170.304(j) Calculate and Submit Clinical Quality Measures (Ambulatory)
HCDs Meaningful Use Dashboard helps staff and leadership to understand, at a glance, the progress of these metrics over time allowing them to proactively take action.

The EDW Appliance was certified by Drummond Group’s ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program.  As one of the organizations designated by the Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs and modules of EHRs. In turn, healthcare providers using the EHR systems of certified vendors are qualified to receive federal stimulus monies upon demonstrating meaningful use of the technology — a key component of the federal government’s push to improve clinical care delivery through the adoption and effective use of EHRs by U.S. healthcare providers.

About Health Care DataWorks, Inc.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio HCD is a three-year old Ohio State University technology commercialization company that pioneered the “Enterprise Data Warehouse in a Box” for healthcare provider organizations.  HCD partners with hospitals and health systems that aspire to be high performing, information-driven organizations.  Health Care DataWorks delivers the core competency in business intelligence necessary to effectively and efficiently gain deeper insights from all their data. http://www.hcdataworks.com

About Drummond Group

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) testing to healthcare information technology vendors and hospitals. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors and hospitals to certify EHRs that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  Drummond Group is approved to certify both complete and modular EHR for both ambulatory and inpatient.  Leveraging more than a decade’s worth of interoperability, conformance testing and certification experience in multiple industries, Drummond Group delivers what’s needed in healthcare: highly reliable and readily affordable software testing services. For more information, go to www.drummondgroup.com.

June 23, 2011 I Written By

iChartsMD Announces ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification of its Electronic Health Records System

In order to be eligible for government funding under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to allow providers to achieve “meaningful use.” These are categorized by the U.S. government as technology that improves care coordination, reduces healthcare disparities, engages patients and their families, improves population and public health, and ensures adequate privacy and security. The certification received by iChartsMD fulfills this requirement.

(Malibu, CA – June 9, 2011) – iChartsMD announced today that its electronic health records product (iChartsMD v4.3) is 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR by the Drummond Group.  The 2011/2012 criteria supports the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The U.S. government is encouraging a movement toward electronic health records as a way to foster improvements in healthcare quality, safety, efficiency and access.

The certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and that EHR Modules meet all of the criteria approved by the secretary of health and human services for either eligible provider or hospital technology. It does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

In order to be eligible for government funding under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers must use EHR technology that has been certified to allow providers to achieve “meaningful use.” These are categorized by the U.S. government as technology that improves care coordination, reduces healthcare disparities, engages patients and their families, improves population and public health, and ensures adequate privacy and security. The certification received by iChartsMD fulfills this requirement.

“We are extremely excited to have received certification on all of the Clinical Quality Measures while again passing on our first attempt.

Even though the ONC requirements were to just implement 9 out of 44 Clinical Quality Measures, it didn’t feel right for us to just implement the minimum.  When it comes to patient care, you should never do the minimum.

I assure you that this mentality and vision for the company will never change. “

  • Morgan Prakash | President & CEO of iChartsMD

Certification details are as follows: Date Certified: 6/9/2011. Product Version: 4.3.

Certification ID: 06092011-1049-6. Clinical Quality Measures Certified: Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0001, NQF0002, NQF0004, NQF0012, NQF0013, NQF0014, NQF0018, NQF0024, NQF0027, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0032, NQF0033, NQF0034, NQF0036, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0043, NQF0047, NQF0052, NQF0055, NQF0056, NQF0059, NQF0061, NQF0062, NQF0064, NQF0067, NQF0068, NQF0070, NQF0073, NQF0074, NQF0075, NQF0081, NQF0083, NQF0084, NQF0086, NQF0088, NQF0089, NQF0105, NQF0385, NQF0387, NQF0389, NQF0421, NQF0575. Additional software used: Email

About iChartsMD

iChartsMD is a privately held EHR software solution provider based out of Malibu, California. Both doctors and I.T. Professionals carefully developed the iChartsMD technology with over 30 years of expertise. The EHR system integrates patient scheduling, reports and analysis, prescription writing, patient history and billing management made to be accessible from any network, including mobile devices.

About Drummond

Drummond Group Inc. (DGI) is the trusted interoperability test lab offering global testing services through the product life cycle. Auditing, QA, conformance testing, custom software test lab services, software certification, web services testing, and consulting are offered in addition to interoperability testing. Founded in 1999, DGI has tested over a thousand international software products used in vertical industries such as automotive, consumer product goods, healthcare, energy, financial services, government, petroleum, pharmaceutical and retail.

About ONC-ATCB Certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR

technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the secretary of health and human services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

June 22, 2011 I Written By

CredenceHealth’s CHlive Meaningful Use EHR Certified

(ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification)

Nashville, Tenn. – Jan. 12, 2011CredenceHealth announced today that CHlive 1.0 achieved certification for Meaningful Use in Clinical Quality Measures (i.e. eMeasures).  CredenceHealth is the first real-time Clinical Surveillance solution to receive this stand-alone certification.

CCHIT is pleased to be testing and certifying products so that companies are now able to offer these products to providers who wish to purchase and implement certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use in time for the 2011-2012 incentives,” said Karen M. Bell, M.D., M.S.S., Chair, CCHIT.

“This certification is a crucial component of the CHlive product suite for our clients to meet their meaningful use requirements, Stage 1 and beyond.  This new module in combination with the entire CredenceHealth product suite creates an even more powerful set of knowledge delivered through our real-time clinical surveillance,” said CredenceHealth President & CEO, Justin Lanning.

Certification Details:

For all technical details on CredenceHealth’s certification visit: http://www.cchit.org/products/2011-2012/arrafinalrulehospital/2853

CHlive 1.0 was certified as an EHR Module on January 6, 2011 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable eligible hospital certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 2011/2012 criteria support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

CHlive 1.0 certification number is CC-1112- 115040-1. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

CHlive 1.0, meets the following certification criteria:

170.306(i) Calculate and submit clinical quality measures in addition to all security and IT standards.

The Clinical Quality Measures to which CHlive has been certified include:

NQF 0371; NQF 0372; NQF 0373; NQF 0374; NQF 0375; NQF 0376; NQF 0435; NQF 0436; NQF 0437; NQF 0438; NQF 0439; NQF 0440; NQF 0441; NQF 0495; NQF 0497

About CredenceHealth

CredenceHealth automates Core and eMeasure compliance and identifies emerging complications via a unique Clinical Intelligence Engine.  CredenceHealth web-based infrastructure delivers meaningful and actionable clinical surveillance in real-time–while patients are still in the hospital–utilizing evidence-based medical research and best practice standards (e.g., CMS, HITSP, CDC, NSQIP, and other published standards).

http://www.credencehealth.md

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology.  The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006 and is approved by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

About ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that EHR technology is capable of meeting the 2011/2012 criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The certifications include Complete EHRs, which meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria for either eligible provider or hospital technology and EHR Modules, which meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria. ONC-ATCB certification aligns with Health Information Technology: Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology published in the Federal Register in July 2010 and strictly adheres to the test procedures published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the time of testing. ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification conferred by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

January 13, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Ingenix CareTracker Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification Through CCHIT

CareTracker has received ONC-ATCB 2011/2011 Certification as a “Complete EHR” from CCHIT. All of the more than 10,000 CareTracker users have access to a system that they can use to demonstrate meaningful use and qualify for ARRA funds. The beauty of a web based EHR software (everyone’s already updated to the meaningful use-certified version of the EHR software).

Ingenix CareTracker Certification Helps Physicians Qualify for Health IT Incentives

Ingenix CareTracker Receives ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Certification through CCHIT

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Dec. 22, 2010 – The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) has certified that the Ingenix CareTracker™ electronic health records (EHR) system is a Complete EHRin accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

The certification means that Ingenix CareTracker EHR technology meets the 2011/2012 criteria set forth by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to support the Stage 1 meaningful use measures that eligible providers must meet to qualify for funding as prescribed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). CCHIT is an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB).

“Ingenix’s commitment to helping physicians improve care coordination, quality and safety through the use of health IT is reflected in the certification that CareTracker software supports requirements for meaningful use,” said Steve Tolle, senior vice president of physician solutions at Ingenix. “The more than 10,000 medical professionals who use Ingenix CareTracker software can be assured that their system supports their efforts to demonstrate meaningful use. As meaningful use requirements continue to evolve, our cloud-based system will enable Ingenix to provide system updates automatically for all users.”

“It is important that demonstrating meaningful use does not add to the administrative burden on physicians in small practices, even as federal incentives encourage and facilitate the purchase of health IT systems to improve quality and efficiency in patient care,” said Dr. Joseph Heyman, chairman of the Ingenix Physician Advisory Board. “It is my hope that the certification program will ensure that the technology itself will accomplish all required recording, calculating and reporting –  with minimal intervention by the physician –  and that all physicians and their patients will enjoy the potential benefits of this technology.”

Ingenix CareTracker version 7 received certification on December 7, 2010. The certification number is CC-1112-183916-2. The clinical quality measures to which Ingenix CareTracker version 7 has been certified include NQF 0013 (Hypertension: Blood Pressure Measurement), NQF 0024 (Weight Assessment and Counseling for Children and Adolescents), NQF 0028 (Preventive Care and Screening Measure Pair: a. Tobaccos Use Assessment, b. Tobacco Cessation Intervention), NQF 0031 (Breast Cancer Screening), NQF 0032 (Cervical Cancer Screening), NQF 0034 (Colorectal Cancer Screening), NQF 0038 (Childhood Immunization Status), NQF 0041 (Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization for Patients ≥ 50 Years Old) and NQF 0421 (Adult Weight Screening and Follow-Up). Additional software used in testing, included SureScripts prescription routing, medication history and drug formulary; Ingenix HealthTracker patient portal technology; and Wolters Kluwer Medi-Span drug information and drug interactions databases.

The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria and EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the criteria approved by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for either eligible provider or hospital technology. 2011/2012 certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor does it guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

About Ingenix CareTracker

The Ingenix CareTracker solution includes a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR system that saves physicians time and money by helping them access important clinical knowledge and patient medical information at the point of care. The solution enables clinicians to enter, retrieve and correlate patient information at the point of care, and features connections to thousands of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and commercial and government health plans. The Ingenix CareTracker solution fully integrates all of the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling and documentation.

Ingenix provides a package of interest-free financing and meaningful use guarantees that eliminate the up-front costs of implementing an EHR system. Because the Ingenix CareTracker EHR solution costs less than $5,000 per year per physician, federal stimulus funding may cover most or all of the subscription costs for the service through the end of the ARRA reimbursement period, depending on the composition of a physician’s patient mix.

For more information about Ingenix CareTracker solutions, visit www.ingenix.com/ehr.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the public mission of accelerating the adoption of robust, interoperable health information technology. The Commission has been certifying electronic health record technology since 2006, and is an ONC-ATCB by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information on CCHIT, CCHIT Certified® products and ONC-ATCB certified electronic health record technology is available at http://cchit.org.

“CCHIT®” and “CCHIT Certified®” are registered trademarks of the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology.

About Ingenix

Ingenix is a leading provider of health information, technology and consulting services. Organizations, institutions, businesses and government agencies that comprise the health care system depend on Ingenix solutions and insights to improve their performance. Visitwww.ingenix.com for more information.

December 22, 2010 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.