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CHIME Statement on Finalization of Meaningful Use ‘Modifications’ Rule

From Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, President and CEO

This afternoon the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) finalized a regulation granting providers additional flexibility in meeting Meaningful Use (MU) requirements in 2014. However, the final rule lacked a key provision that would ensure continued EHR adoption and MU participation

CHIME is deeply disappointed in the decision made by CMS and ONC to require 365-days of EHR reporting in 2015. This single provision has severely muted the positive impacts of this final rule. Further, it has all but ensured that industry struggles will continue well beyond 2014.

Roughly 50% of EHs and CAHs were scheduled to meet Stage 2 requirements this year and nearly 85% of EHs and CAHs will be required to meet Stage 2 requirements in 2015. Most hospitals who take advantage of new pathways made possible through this final rule will not be in a position to meet Stage 2 requirements beginning October 1, 2014. This means that penalties avoided in 2014 will come in 2015, and millions of dollars will be lost due to misguided government timelines.

Nearly every stakeholder group echoed recommendations made by CHIME to give providers the option of reporting any three-month quarter EHR reporting period in 2015. This sensible recommendation, if taken, would have assuaged industry concerns over the pace and trajectory of rulemaking; it would have pushed providers to meet a higher bar, without pushing them off the cliff; and it would have ensured the long-term vitality of the program itself. Now, the very future of Meaningful Use is in question.

August 29, 2014 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

New CMS rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology for 2014

Rule will help more providers use electronic health record technology

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule today that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for an EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives like drug interaction and drug allergy checks, providing clinical summaries to patients, electronic prescribing, reporting on key public health data and reporting on quality measures.

“We listened to stakeholder feedback and provided CEHRT flexibility for 2014 to help ensure providers can continue to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs forward,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “We were excited to see that there is overwhelming support for this change.”

Based on public comments and feedback from stakeholders, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) identified ways to help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) implement and meaningfully use Certified EHR Technology. Specifically, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs; All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015.

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.

The rule also finalizes the extension of Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012.

An updated meaningful use timeline and a chart with 2011 and 2014 CEHRT Edition options are available at http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-08-29.html.

For more information about the EHR Incentive Programs, please visithttp://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms. For more information about CEHRT, please visit http://www.healthit.gov/certification.

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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Encore Health Resources CoreANALYTICS Architecture Receives 2014 EHR Certification

HOUSTON – January 17, 2014Encore Health Resources announced today that its CoreANALYTICS® 1.0 architecture – a set of integrated analytical tools that help drive continuous health-system performance improvement – has been listed on the federal government’s Certified Health IT Product List website as compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria as an EHR Module.  The CoreANALYTICS EHR certification formally occurred on November 27, 2013 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the certification criteria adopted by the secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stages 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify eligible providers and hospitals for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

CoreANALYTICS is a set of integrated analytical tools that, coupled with Encore services, helps to drive continuous health-system performance improvement through the application of “smart, skinny data,” or an Encore approach that focuses on capturing just the data required to solve specific problems.

“We believe this certification confirms that Encore’s CoreANALYTICS software tools are poised to assist health systems meet and exceed thresholds for the quality and performance measures required to qualify for U.S. Government EHR Meaningful-Use incentive payments and avoid associated penalties – as well as manage emerging, at-risk government and commercial payment models” said Sherie Giles, Partner for Research and Development, Encore Health Resources. “CoreANALYTICS comprises a uniquely comprehensive solution that transforms data generated by EHRs as well as financial and operational systems, into actionable intelligence for proactive management of patient populations, quality, and costs.  This helps providers navigate through and beyond challenges posed by the healthcare industry’s rapid shift from fee-for-service to fee-for value care-delivery and reimbursement models.”

The ONC HIT Certification Program certifies that EHR Modules meet one or more – but not all – of the 2014 Edition criteria approved by the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) for either eligible provider or hospital technology.

“CCHIT congratulates companies successfully achieving EHR technology certification,” said Alisa Ray, executive director, CCHIT.  “These companies are now able to make their products available to providers wishing to adopt health IT to demonstrate meaningful use and earn federal incentives.”

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s certification number is CC-2014-100098-1.  ONC HIT certification conferred by CCHIT does not represent an endorsement of the certified EHR technology by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

CoreANALYTICS 1.0’s modular certification qualifies the technology as capable of supporting achievement of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. The technology is also differentiated by its analytics engine – included in the certification — which enriches information through proven data derivation and measure calculations, successfully demonstrated compliance criteria for Clinical Quality Measures (CQM) and Utilization Measures (Core/Menu Set).

CoreANALYTICS 1.0 met the following certification criteria and clinical quality measures: § 170.314(c)(1), capture and export; 170.314(c)(2), incorporate and calculate; § 170.314(c)(3), electronic submission; § 170.314(g)(2), automated measure calculation; and § 170.314(g)(4) quality management system.  It also met the following clinical quality measures:  CMS55v2, CMS71v3, CMS72v2, CMS73v2, CMS91v3, CMS102v2, CMS104v2, CMS105v2, CMS107v2, CMS108v2, CMS109v2, CMS110v2, CMS111v2, CMS114v2 and CMS190v2.

Additional costs incurred may include:  Software License Agreement; Implementation fees per source system, including install, training, and source system connectivity; any client costs necessary to bring hardware to recommended configuration.

About Encore Health Resources

Encore Health Resources is one of the most successful consulting firms in the health information technology (HIT) industry.  Founded in 2009 and led by Encore CEO Dana Sellers and President Tom Niehaus, the company provides consulting services and solutions that assist its expanding client base with a wide range of HIT strategy, advisory, implementation, process-redesign, and optimization initiatives.  Encore focuses on capturing the right data at the right time, establishing analytical capabilities that meet the evolving information and reporting needs of healthcare providers to document and improve clinical and operational performance. For more information, please visit http://encorehealthresources.com/.

About CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) is an independent, 501©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 authorized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) as a certification body (ONC-ACB).  CCHIT is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a certification body for the ONC HIT Certification Program for electronic health record (EHR) technology and accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as an accredited Testing Laboratory (ATL) to test EHRS.  More Information on CCHIT and its programs is available at http://cchit.org.

January 16, 2014 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Statement on Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s Appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT

Washington, DC (December 19, 2013) – HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has made an excellent selection in appointing Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc  as the new National Coordinator for Health IT, replacing Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, who left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in early October 2013. Dr. DeSalvo, who currently serves as the Health Commissioner for the City of New Orleans and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, will join ONC on January 13, 2014.

HIMSS notes Dr. DeSalvo’s long history of leadership in bringing the benefits of health IT to Louisiana. She served as President of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, the Louisiana lead for the state’s health information exchange and regional extension center grants, and was a member of the Steering Committee for the Crescent City Beacon Community grant.  She also advocated for expanded use of health IT by New Orleans’ primary care providers, and ensured that the city’s newest public hospital will utilize a fully-integrated health IT network.

Dr. DeSalvo, who spoke at HIMSS13 in New Orleans earlier this year, has a deep understanding of the value of informatics, as well as of the challenges and promise of interoperability. That insight will be essential as she transitions to lead ONC’s efforts to assist U.S. clinicians and healthcare organizations as they move into Stage 2 of Meaningful Use.

HIMSS looks forward to collaborating with Dr. DeSalvo and the entire ONC team, as we work to underscore the value of health IT as a foundational resource in achieving healthcare transformation.

 

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a part of HIMSS WorldWide, a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS WorldWide encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS WorldWide, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

December 19, 2013 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

ICSA Labs Set to Begin Testing EHRs for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is now officially authorized and accredited to begin certifying electronic health records for the next stage of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Meaningful Use requirements.

The new 2014 Edition, Stage 2 certification program of HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology provides more transparency and elevates the overall testing and certification process by mandating additional requirements for organizations providing EHR services. These requirements include a strengthening of security, enhanced interoperability for facilitating health information exchange, better protection of private patient information and new ways for providers to become “meaningful users.”

Last September, ICSA Labs received authorization from the Office of the National Coordinator for the preliminary Stage 2 of the certification program.

To test and validate the ONC 2014 Edition methods and test tools, ICSA Labs successfully conducted a week-long pilot program in December with four vendors that offer EHR-related solutions supporting the more rigorous Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements. These included Dynamic Health IT and Glenwood Systems.

“The latest round of federal requirements will enable us to help companies strengthen the security and privacy of their EHR offerings, ultimately benefiting both patient and health care provider,” said Amit Trivedi, health care program manager for ICSA Labs. “Now that we are fully authorized and accredited to certify and test technology meeting the permanent Meaningful Use requirements, we are officially open for business.”

EHR vendors also must have their products tested by laboratories accredited by the National Voluntary Lab Accreditation Program and certified by bodies authorized by the ONC and accredited by the American National Standards Institute. ICSA Labs is accredited by both NVLAP and ANSI.

The ONC’s Health Information Technology Certification program, which provides authorization for the certification of electronic health care records, was established in January 2011.  The recently published Stage 2 Standards, Implementation Specifications and Certification Criteria Final Rule is administered nationally by the ONC.

ICSA Labs is NVLAP- accredited as a Health IT Test Lab and is also an ONC-Authorized Certification Body (ONC-ACB) accredited by ANSI to ISO/IEC Guide 65.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, offers third-party testing and certification of security and health IT products, as well as network-connected devices, to measure product compliance, reliability and performance for many of the world’s top security vendors.  ICSA Labs is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited and 9001:2008 registered organization. Visit http://www.icsalabs.com and http://www.icsalabs.com/blogs for more information.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 96 million retail customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with $111 billion in 2011 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 184,500. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

January 16, 2013 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel & HHS’ Todd Park Headline Health Information Technology Conference

Industry experts to provide solutions to critical HIT challenges at Merge Live

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced its final agenda for its Merge Live 2011 Client Conference including presentations from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Chief Technology Officer of HHS, Todd Park; Meaningful Use expert, Dr. Keith Dreyer; and e-Patient movement spokesperson, Dave deBronkart.

Merge Live will bring together more than 300 healthcare providers. Thought leaders will share their expertise on how to create a better electronic healthcare experience for both providers and patients.

Presenters will discuss emerging trends and issues such as Meaningful Use, image interoperability and cutting-edge innovations in healthcare. More importantly, Merge Live will start a dialogue about the impact these issues will have on healthcare providers, patients, and the industry as a whole.

What: Merge Live 2011 Client Conference
When: October 4 – 7
Where: Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers

View Full Conference Agenda

More than 40 educational sessions will be offered, including:

IT as a Patient Engagement Strategy
George Fiffick, Vice President, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Image Sharing – Patient Care, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Meaningful Use
Paul Merrild, Sr. Vice President, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Leverage Your Imaging Infrastructure Across Departments and Vendors
Presented by: Schad Lappe, LTA Administrator and PACS Liaison, Catholic Healthcare West

Focus Your Data – Weaving Together the Right Solutions for Compliance, Reimbursement and Customer Satisfaction
Dr. Randy Hicks, CEO, Regional Medical Imaging (RMI)

Image Enabling Your EMR
Dennis Roscoe, Director, Solutions Management, Merge Healthcare

Meaningful Use in Radiology
Carrie Berlin, CIO, Regional Medical Imaging (RMI)
Kim Tiegland, Ops Support Business Analyst, Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI)
Alicia Vasquez, Administrator, Arcadia Radiology Medical Group

Leveraging Your PACS Private Cloud
Jeff Bell, Chief Operating Officer, Sisters of Mercy Health System
Dennis Shelley, Director, Enterprise Imaging, Sisters of Mercy Health System

“Never Go Down” Imaging Infrastructure
Scott Childers, Imaging Informatics Team Lead, Ascension Health Information Systems

Click here to learn more about the conference, including the full line up of speakers, educational sessions, times and more.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, with a client base consisting of more than 1,500 hospitals and 6,000 clinics across the country. Merge solutions facilitate the sharing of images to create a more effective and efficient electronic healthcare experience for patients and physicians. Merge provides enterprise imaging solutions for radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and eye care; a suite of products for clinical trials; software for financial and pre-surgical management, and applications that fuel the largest modality vendors in the world. Merge’s products have been used by healthcare providers, vendors and researchers worldwide to improve patient care for more than 20 years. Additional information can be found at www.merge.com.

September 29, 2011 I Written By

NoMoreClipboard.com Pledges its Support for National PHR Initiatives at ONC / HHS Consumer Health IT Summit

WASHINGTON D.C. – September 12, 2011 – At a Consumer Health IT Summit conducted today in Washington D.C. by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), NoMoreClipboard.com reinforced its position as one of the leading personal health record (PHR) providers in the U.S., demonstrating its support for several national initiatives focused on consumer access to health information.
At the event, Jeff Donnell, president of NoMoreClipboard.com, announced the company will pilot a new PHR Model Privacy Notice developed by HHS. Donnell also pledged company support of a new ONC / HHS consumer health IT program — “Putting the I in Health IT” – with the launch of a new product enhancement called cc:Me. Donnell also provided an update on the company’s activities relating to a $1.25 million ONC Challenge Grant given to the organization and Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT).
PHR Privacy Notice
NoMoreClipboard voiced its support of HHS’ PHR Model Privacy Notice designed to communicate data sharing and security policies to consumers, volunteering to pilot this new tool.  Similar to the FDA’s nutrition facts label, the new privacy notice will empower consumers to compare PHR products and make informed choices about using a PHR to store and manage their health information. The PHR Model Privacy Notice was developed based on consumer testing to address the issues consumers care most about, using language they understand.

“We believe the Model Privacy Notice will make privacy and security practices transparent, easing consumer concerns about selecting and using a personal health record,” said Donnell.

“We intend to post our PHR Privacy Notice as soon as the HHS Web tool goes live later this week.  We look forward to working with ONC on this important effort.”

Challenge Grant Update
Working with Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. (IHIT), the state’s healthcare IT entity, NoMoreClipboard.com is managing a $1.25 million ONC Challenge Grant project designed to help consumers access their HIE data. NoMoreClipboard is working with the five established HIEs in Indiana to develop policies and solutions designed to support patient identification and authentication, data liquidity and secure messaging. More than a dozen pilot sites including physician practices, health systems, safety net clinics and employer clinics are participating, providing personal health records to their patients. Pilot site use cases and patient populations are diverse, and include urban and rural settings across the state. In every case, personal health records will be populated with HIE data.
“Indiana is an established leader in health information exchange and healthcare IT adoption, and this grant project will secure our state’s position as an innovator in patient engagement,” said Donnell. “With the support of our HIEs and an active provider community, we are developing a scalable model for consumer access to medical data that can be replicated around the country.”
Putting the “I” in Health IT
Pledging its support of this new ONC consumer education initiative that will help empower individuals to be more engaged in their health through the use of health IT, NoMoreClipboard.com launched and demonstrated cc:Me, a simple and secure medical record mail service that helps physicians and patients share health information in a standard electronic format.  cc:Me is designed to make it easy for doctors and hospitals  to send electronic documents to a patient cc:Me address – a URL or secure email that enables the patient to receive medical data using Direct Project protocols.
“One of the barriers to widespread consumer adoption of portable personal health records has been the difficulty of populating a PHR with existing clinical data,” said Donnell at the event. “cc:Me simplifies the exchange of health information in an industry-standard format that is interoperable with any certified electronic health record system used by physicians and hospitals, with no need for integration.  We are excited to launch this product enhancement in support of the ONC’s Putting the I in Health IT program.”
For more information about today’s press event and the PHR initiatives discussed, visit www.healthit.gov and / or www.NoMoreClipboard.com.
About NoMoreClipboard.com
NoMoreClipboard.com is an online, patient-controlled personal health record management system designed to consolidate medical information in one convenient and secure location for easy retrieval and updates. NoMoreClipboard enables consumers to share personal or family member medical information with medical professionals electronically or on provider-specific medical forms; reducing the need to complete repetitive medical paperwork.
NoMoreClipboard.com was established to develop innovative web-based solutions for consumers seeking to establish an online personal health record (PHR). The NoMoreClipboard.com leadership team leverages its extensive clinical health care and technology experience to create and continually enhance a PHR system that is consumer-friendly, interactive, secure and interoperable with physician practice approaches to capturing patient information.
September 19, 2011 I Written By

Physician Using Ingenix CareTracker Becomes One of the First in the U.S. to Demonstrate Meaningful Use of Health IT

Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I. will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), when the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) opens the process this morning.

Dr. Foreman has successfully met all 15 Core requirements and 7 of the 10 Menu-set measures, though only 5 are required to qualify for federal health IT funds. To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard (which you saw a preview of at HIMSS) created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.
New Meaningful Use Dashboard supported patient care and administrative decision-making to help Dr. Douglas Forman demonstrate Meaningful Use in the first 90 days of 2011

 

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 18, 2011 – Douglas Foreman, D.O., a family physician in Warwick, R.I., will be among the first physicians in the U.S. to attest to meeting Phase 1 requirements for Medicare Meaningful Use of health information technology as defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Today is the first day physicians can attest to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in order to receive Medicare incentive payments provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

 

To achieve this, Dr. Foreman used the Ingenix CareTracker electronic health record (EHR) system, which features a graphical Meaningful Use Dashboard created by Ingenix to help physicians monitor progress toward meeting Meaningful Use objectives and take corrective action to improve quality of care as they work to qualify for federal health IT incentives.

 

“The Ingenix CareTracker EHR system supports my ability to provide better patient care and has made it much easier for me to demonstrate Meaningful Use,” said Foreman. “The Meaningful Use Dashboard shows me exactly where I’m meeting or exceeding requirements and in which areas I need to focus more attention. Using Ingenix CareTracker technology gives me more confidence in managing my practice knowing that we do the best job possible for our patients and have the tools to continually improve the quality of our care. Ingenix has provided us with experts in Meaningful Use who have provided feedback, support and education to make this possible.”

 

ARRA provides $19 billion in Medicare incentive payments to physicians who demonstrate Meaningful Use of an EHR system. To qualify, physicians must meet prescribed benchmarks, including 15 Core criteria that all eligible physicians must meet and five of ten Menu-set criteria, for 90 consecutive days. Dr. Foreman met his criteria between January 1 and March 31.

 

“The Meaningful Use Dashboard enables Ingenix CareTracker users to instantly access health intelligence and take action to enhance patient care,” said Steve Tolle, senior vice president of physician solutions at Ingenix. “With these innovative tools, Ingenix is already helping physicians to successfully qualify for federal health IT incentive payments. The health analytics capabilities that Ingenix CareTracker delivers to physician desktops will be even more important in light of recent guidance from the federal government on Accountable Care Organizations, which highlight the need for the ability to identify and reduce gaps in care in an increasingly collaborative environment.”

 

Ingenix recently announced the company is changing its name to OptumInsight.

 

The Meaningful Use Dashboard, which is now installed for all of the more than 11,000 users of the Ingenix CareTracker system, illustrates the percentage of each physician’s patient visits that meet requirements toward each Meaningful Use rule. In addition, the Meaningful Use Dashboard provides links to the text of the relevant Meaningful Use criteria, and access to Ingenix CareTracker documentation and training modules. Users can also drill down from the Meaningful Use Dashboard into their patient records to identify successful and missed cases, and ultimately correct inefficient workflow processes or proactively reach out to patients.

 

Ingenix CareTracker is a family of cloud-based services that enable physicians to enhance patient care and manage their practices more efficiently. The Ingenix CareTracker system includes a CCHIT Certified 2011 Ambulatory EHR solution that saves physicians time and money by helping them access clinical information and patient medical history at the point of care. Ingenix CareTracker features connections to thousands of labs, hospitals, pharmacies and commercial and government payers. The system helps physicians conduct medication and allergy verification and interaction checks, electronic prescribing, and quality measurement and reporting. Ingenix CareTracker also fully integrates with all of the operational functions of a physician practice, simplifying administrative tasks such as billing, scheduling and documentation.

 

About Ingenix

Ingenix, which recently announced it will become OptumInsight, 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. Visit www.ingenix.com for more information.

April 22, 2011 I Written By

HENRY SCHEIN MICROMD® EMR Version 7.5 RECEIVES ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 complete EHR CERTIFICATION TO HELP HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL INCENTIVES UNDER PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

Melville, N.Y.  – March 8, 2011 – Henry Schein MicroMD®, a provider of proven and cost-effective practice management (PM) and electronic medical records (EMR) systems, announced today that its MicroMD EMR Version 7.5 achieved ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR (Electronic Health Record) Certification, and can help health care providers using Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology meet the requirements needed to receive financial incentives earmarked under President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

MicroMD EMR Version 7.5 attained ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR certification status through the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), a U.S. Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), in accordance with the applicable Eligible Provider certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).* The certification was formalized on February 16, 2011. The ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 certification program tests and certifies that Complete EHRs meet all of the 2011/2012 criteria, and that EHR modules meet one or more, but not all, of the criteria approved by HHS for either eligible health care provider or hospital technology.  The EHR certification enables health care providers to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use standards to qualify for the federal incentive payments established under ARRA, and outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program.

“We are pleased that MicroMD EMR 7.5 has been awarded Complete EHR certification status, further helping our customers to meet meaningful use requirements,” said Keith Slater, Vice President and General Manager for Henry Schein MicroMD.  “This certification demonstrates the strengths and capabilities that our EMR system delivers to physicians –helping practitioners to qualify for incentive payments, as well as improve the workflow and productivity of their practice, while enhancing the delivery of care.”

Mr. Slater added, “We understand the complexities of the ARRA guidelines and challenges physicians are facing as they work to implement a certified EMR system.   Henry Schein MicroMD is committed to maintaining EHR certification requirements, which will help our customers move forward with confidence into this new era of health care automation.”

* This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. Henry Schein Medical Systems  EMR Version 7.5 Certification ID is CC-1112-524956-3.Self Attested Additional Software Used in Testing: SureScripts, and MicroMD Patient Portal Version 7.5. Tested quality measures include: NQF 0421 Adult Weight Screening & Follow-Up, NQF 0013 Hypertension: Blood Pressure Measurement, NQF 0028 Tobacco Use Assessment and Cessation, NQF 0041 Influenza Immunization, NQF 0024 Weight Assessment and Counseling, NQF 0038 Childhood Immunization Status, NQF 0043 Pneumonia Vaccination Status, NQF 0031 Breast Cancer Screening and NQF 0032 Cervical Cancer Screening.

About MicroMD

The Henry Schein MicroMD brand of practice solutions encompasses simple yet powerful electronic medical records and practice management software that help facilitate the delivery of superior patient care; automate incentive and quality reporting activities; and streamline operations for today’s busy providers. Full-featured, time-tested and budget-friendly, the MicroMD ONC-ATCB certified, award-winning software helps small practices, large medical groups, community health centers and billing services accelerate progress towards a paperless environment and health information exchange with minimal disruption and stress. High client retention rates attest to its market-leading presence and client-centric focus. For more information, visit www.micromd.com or call 1-330-758-8832 x 133.

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, a Fortune 500® company and a member of the NASDAQ 100® Index, is the largest distributor of products and services to office-based health care practitioners.  The Company is recognized for its excellent customer service and highly competitive prices.  The Company’s five  businesses – North American Dental, North American Medical, North American Animal Health, International and Technology – serve more than 700,000 customers worldwide, including dental practitioners and laboratories, physician practices and animal health practices, as well as government and other institutions.   The Company operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, which provides customers in more than 200 countries with a comprehensive selection of more than 90,000 national and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 100,000 additional products available as special-order items.  Henry Schein also provides exclusive, innovative technology offerings for dental, medical and veterinary professionals, including value-added practice management software and electronic health record solutions.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein employs more than 14,000 people and has operations or affiliates in 25 countries.  The Company’s net sales reached a record $7.5 billion in 2010.  For more information, visit the Henry Schein Web site at www.henryschein.com.

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.

 

 

March 10, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

GE Centricity Enterprise 6.9 Achieves 2011/2012 Certification

Hospital Solution the Latest in Centricity Family to Receive ONC-ATCB 2011/2012 Complete EHR Certification
ORLANDO – Feb 21, 2011 – GE Healthcare is pleased to announce that GE Centricity* Enterprise version 6.9 is officially 2011/2012 compliant and was certified as a Complete EHR February 17, 2011 by Drummond Group Inc. Drummond Group made the designation in its capacity as an Office of the National Coordinator – Authorized Temporary Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) in accordance with the applicable Eligible Hospital certification criteria adopted by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

“Centricity Enterprise supports our commitment to exceptional medicine and compassionate care in our three state, eight hospital system,” said Dr. John Haughom, Senior VP, Clinical Quality and Patient Safety at PeaceHealth, a GE Healthcare partner since 1994. PeaceHealth also uses Centricity Enterprise in its approximate 600-member PeaceHealth Medical Group that supports care in each community served by PeaceHealth. “We are looking forward to implementing Centricity Enterprise 6.9 and believe the solution will go beyond just supporting our organization in demonstrating Meaningful Use. We believe it will also prepare us for the future of patient care.”

Centricity Enterprise version 6.9, including any combination of Enterprise Orders, Gemini Orders, Centricity Enterprise Medication Reconciliation, Centricity Enterprise Discharge Instructions, Centricity Enterprise Patient Discharge Instructions, Menon™ Medication Reconciliation, and Menon™ Discharge Instructions (certification # 1028201043218) meets the following clinical quality measures: NQF0371, NQF0372, NQF0373, NQF0374, NQF0375, NQF0376, NQF0435, NQF0436, NQF0437, NQF0438, NQF0439, NQF0440, NQF0441, NQF0495, NQF0497. No additional software was used in testing.

The 2011/2012 certification conferred by Drummond Group 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.

“Coming on the heels of our ONC-ATCB certification for Centricity Enterprise 6.6.3.2, the certification of Centricity Enterprise 6.9 continues to reinforce our commitment to our customers and our singular focus on customer success,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT. “With the certification of the 6.9 platform, our customers are assured that they have robust solutions that will support their MU journey.”

*Centricity is a registered trademark of General Electric Company.

ABOUT GE HEALTHCARE:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and information technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at www.gehealthcare.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. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers 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.

February 23, 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 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.