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CMS Rule to Change EHR Certification Requirement and Meaningful Use Stage 2 Schedule

Rule also proposes to extend Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs through 2016

Today, HHS published a new proposed rule that would provide eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use. The proposed rule, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), would let providers use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Beginning in 2015, all eligible hospitals and professionals would still be required to report using 2014 Edition CEHRT. Since the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs began in 2011, more than 370,000 hospitals and professionals nationwide have received an incentive payment.

“We have seen tremendous participation in the EHR Incentive Programs since they began,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “By extending Stage 2, we are being receptive to stakeholder feedback to ensure providers can continue to meet meaningful use and keep momentum moving forward.”

The proposed rule also includes a provision that would formalize CMS and ONC’s previously stated intention to extend Stage 2 through 2016 and begin Stage 3 in 2017. These proposed changes would address concerns raised by stakeholders and will encourage the continued adoption of Certified EHR Technology.

“Increasing the adoption of EHRs is key to improving the nation’s health care system and the steps we are taking today will give new options to those who, through no fault of their own, have been unable to get the new 2014 Edition technology, including those at high risk, such as smaller providers and rural hospitals,” said Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H, M.Sc., national coordinator for health information technology.

Proposed changes to meaningful use timeline

New Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Timelines - Meaningful Use Stage 2 Delay

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

May 20, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and LinkedIn.

Medical Mastermind Practice Management Software Certified for Meaningful Use

BALTIMORE, MD – Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 – Software Unlimited, Inc.’s premier offering, Medical Mastermind Practice Management, has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning EHR Module Certification.

The designation officially deems the software capable of enabling providers to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“This certification is critical for our physicians to achieve meaningful use by helping meet key ONC criteria” says James R. Milligan, CEO of Software Unlimited, Inc. “This means our Healthcare providers can be secure in using Medical Mastermind as part of the solution to meeting full EMR attestation.  In combination with our certified EMR offering, our customers can be assured of receiving ARRA reimbursements after attesting to meaningful use.”

Medical Mastermind is certified for privacy and security criteria, which supports HIPAA, as well as a number of other ambulatory criteria such as smoking status and demographic information.

The Medical Mastermind Practice Management software qualifies as an “EHR Module” for compliance certification. This EHR Module is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by an ONC-ATCB in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Software Unlimited, Inc., Certified on March 8, 2012, Medical Mastermind version 15.12, ID: 03082012-1490-5, CQMs: 170.302 G, O-U, 170.304 C; Additional software used: TrueCrypt.

About Software Unlimited, Inc. 

Software Unlimited’s Medical Mastermind Practice Management software has been the software of choice for thousands of mid-Atlantic physicians, since 1984. Also offering EMR and Billing Solutions, SUI sells, implements, trains, customizes and supports all their solutions from their Baltimore, MD offices. For more information, visit www.suimd.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.

March 31, 2012 I Written By

Merge Healthcare Receives Complete EHR Certification for Meaningful Use for Radiology

Merge RIS v7.0 includes all components needed for significant reimbursement

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Merge Healthcare (NASDAQ: MRGE), a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, today announced Merge RIS v7.0 has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval, thus becoming the industry’s only major radiology information system (RIS) with complete electronic health record ambulatory certification.

In 2009, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which provided for $20 billion in funding for healthcare technology (referred to as the HITECH Act). Within that, more than $1.5 billion is estimated to be available to radiologists who use certified electronic health record technology in a meaningful way. However, options in radiology have been very limited to date, as current electronic health records are either not built specifically for radiology workflow, or they are modularly-certified products that require the radiologist to purchase additional applications to meet the remaining requirements, even if they are not used.

With Merge RIS v7.0, radiology providers can now utilize a single product for radiology-specific workflow to qualify for up to $44,000 in funding under the HITECH Act.

“We are thrilled to be leading the radiology market with complete EHR certification for our radiology information software,” said Jeff Surges, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “This certification means that the radiology industry has a new option for participating in the HITECH Act – without having to sacrifice radiology workflow. We have been able to learn from our large install base of radiology customers and build a solution that is custom made for their specific needs and workflow. At the end of the day, we’ve worked together to ensure our solution benefits both patients and providers.”

How Merge RIS v7.0 is Unique

Merge RIS v 7.0 integrates core Meaningful Use functionality and can capture all necessary and relevant patient information to meet the guidelines of Meaningful Use, without disrupting the traditional radiology workflow.

Functionality includes ePrescribing, enhanced reporting that enables physicians to automatically trend clinical data and report on Meaningful Use measures, new clinical decision support, the clinical exchange of health information through industry standard formats, and a patient portal that empowers patients to access their records at their convenience.

This new functionality was built natively within the intuitive, web-based Merge RIS so that any radiology practice can achieve Meaningful Use attestation in a manner that works for their specialty.

Merge RIS in Use

Regional Medical Imaging (RMI), a large outpatient radiology group in Michigan, has participated in the testing of Merge RIS v7.0, and is currently collecting the required data to attest to Meaningful Use and receive 2011 reimbursement.

“Meaningful Use is an important initiative that carries a significant reimbursement opportunity for our organization,” said Randy Hicks, MD, owner of Regional Medical Imaging (RMI). “Therefore it’s been imperative for us to work with an organization that understands our needs and can provide a solution that will seamlessly integrate within our existing applications. I continue to be impressed with Merge’s ability to build those kinds of solutions for imaging IT.”

This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by Drummond Group Inc., an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments.

Merge Healthcare, Merge RIS 7.0, certified on October 13, 2011. Certification ID: 10132011-1256-1, Clinical Quality Measures tested: NQF0013, NQF0024, NQF0028, NQF0031, NQF0038, NQF0041, NQF0052, NQF0062, NQF0387, NQF0421. No additional software used.

About Merge Healthcare

Merge Healthcare is a leading provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions. 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.

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.

October 15, 2011 I Written By

East Orange General Hospital Goes Live on GE Centricity Enterprise

GE Healthcare IT today announced that East Orange General Hospital (East Orange, N.J.) is live with GE’s Centricity Enterprise EMR and working toward Stage 1 Meaningful Use certification. The community hospital implemented the EMR in order to improve patient safety, help with quality reporting and increase clinician efficiencies.

Just a few years ago East Orange was at a crossroads, struggling to stay open amid market forces that led four nearby hospitals to close in the last six years. The hospital was losing money and had anticipated closing due to unprofitability. As a direct result of funding provided by the HITECH act of the federal stimulus bill, EOGH was able to invest in healthcare IT and re-double efforts to serve its community.

According to East Orange CEO Kevin Slavin, the EMR will position the hospital for future success by improving patient safety, streamlining clinician workflows and reducing medical errors.

Community Hospital Plans to Use System for Meaningful Use Attestation

EAST ORANGE, N.J. – July 26, 2011 – The 211-bed East Orange General Hospital is now live on GE Centricity* Enterprise 6.6, an integrated clinical, financial and administrative solution. East Orange General Hospital is a premier urban hospital that has taken on increasing significance as neighboring communities have suffered the loss of their hospitals and more face financial difficulties in the region.

“We have an unwavering commitment to serving the vast healthcare needs of our community,” said East Orange CEO Kevin Slavin. “For a community hospital like ours, having a robust, integrated EMR solution like Centricity Enterprise 6.6 will undoubtedly help us to better manage quality improvement in a tough financial climate. In addition, meeting Stage 1 of Meaningful Use is a significant milestone that we will be proud to achieve in 2011.”

GE Centricity Enterprise is an integrated clinical, financial and administrative solution targeting large hospital systems.  At East Orange General Hospital, the staff believes the system can enhance patient safety by reducing manual entry of medications and other critically important clinical details. Providing information at the clinicians’ fingertips will reduce the time spent searching for data and help increase efficiency.

“We are proud to work with the dedicated staff of East Orange as they strive to provide the best possible patient care and continually raise the bar on patient safety, quality of care and financial performance,” said Jim Corrigan, Vice President and General Manager of GE Healthcare IT, Americas. “With the technology infrastructure in place to achieve Meaningful Use, we are confident that East Orange will continue providing the excellence they offer to the community at every possible facet of care.”

*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 EAST ORANGE GENERAL HOSPITAL:

East Orange General Hospital is East Orange’s largest private employer and Essex County’s only independent, fully accredited, acute-care hospital. Serving the community for over a century, East Orange General Hospital recently expanded its services and is continually adding new equipment and programs to provide the highest level of quality and compassionate patient care. Specialty areas include: Same Day Surgery, Physical Rehabilitation Services, Behavioral Health, Family Health, Emergency Medicine, Outpatient Hemodialysis, Hyperbaric/Wound Management, Vascular and Medical/Surgical Services.  For more information, please visit http://www.evh.org/.

July 29, 2011 I Written By

Falcon EHR Receives ‘Meaningful Use’ Certification

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. In addition to providing a nephrology-focused EHR to physicians, we can now add that it is government certified,” said Anthony Gabriel, MD, chief information officer of DaVita®. “This is a significant milestone, but we see it as a jumping off point for Falcon EHR to continue to add features and functionality to support the distinct needs of nephrologists and their practices.”

Physicians can receive up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives for Falcon EHR use

DENVER (June 2, 2011) – DaVita Inc.’s Falcon, LLC. announced today that Falcon EHRTM has received the federal government’s “Meaningful Use” stamp of approval by earning “Complete EHR Ambulatory” certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) application capable of enabling eligible providers to qualify for Meaningful Use incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. In addition to providing a nephrology-focused EHR to physicians, we can now add that it is government certified,” said Anthony Gabriel, MD, chief information officer of DaVita®. “This is a significant milestone, but we see it as a jumping off point for Falcon EHR to continue to add features and functionality to support the distinct needs of nephrologists and their practices.”

Tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) program, the EHR application is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the applicable criteria adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

As a hosted, web-based electronic health record system, Falcon EHR offers nephrologists access from any computer, whenever and wherever they have Internet connectivity. Falcon EHR is committed to helping its physicians understand how to use the system to attest to Meaningful Use. In the first payment year of Stage 1, physicians are required to attest to using a certified EHR for 90 continuous days to qualify for the maximum incentive. Current Falcon EHR users can begin logging their 90 days of Meaningful Use soon.

“This is an exciting time for Falcon EHR and its customers,” said Gabriel. “Our focus has been and will remain on the needs of our customers and how we can help them improve their practice and patient outcomes.”

The interconnectivity promoted by Falcon EHR, including integration with DaVita’s dialysis center systems, laboratory system as well as other industry laboratory and practice management applications, is designed to connect physicians across points of care. Together with Meaningful Use certification, this interconnectivity demonstrates Falcon EHR’s commitment to meeting the overarching healthcare IT goals envisioned by the government to positively impacting patient care.

DaVita and Falcon EHR are trademarks or registered trademarks of DaVita Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Falcon, LLC.
Falcon EHRTM helps physicians manage kidney patients’ health records from CKD through ESRD and can be accessed wherever there is Internet access. Developed, tested and endorsed by kidney professionals in the doctor’s office, Falcon EHR is powered by DaVita® and supported by a dedicated, award-winning 24/7 Falcon support team. For more information, visit www.falconehr.com or call 1-877-99-FALCON.

About DaVita
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of March 31, 2011, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,642 dialysis facilities, serving approximately 128,000 patients. DaVita develops, participates in and donates to numerous programs dedicated to transforming communities and creating positive, sustainable change for children, families and our environment. The company’s leadership development initiatives and corporate social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu, among others. For more information, please visit www.davita.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 6, 2011 I Written By

XLEMR Receives Meaningful Use Certification

Atlanta, February 18, 2011 – XLEMR, a developer of custom electronic health records (EHR) that focuses on practices that seek a simple, mobile, and efficient solution, announced today that its EHR software has achieved certification as a Complete Ambulatory EHR under the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) certification program.

Testing was performed by InfoGard Laboratories, an ONC-designated Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) for EHR systems, on January 26th and 27th, 2011.  During the test, XLEMR demonstrated their software meets the requirements for meaningful use.  Eligible providers can now use XLEMR to qualify for HITECH stimulus funds, which can result in up to $44,000 per provider under Medicare or $64,000 under Medicaid.

“XLEMR offers a unique solution to medical providers that want a simple, custom solution,” says Tripp Weeks, President of XLEMR.  “Most other EMR systems are rigid and complex, but XLEMR is built on Microsoft Office, which allows us to create simple, easy solutions that we can tailor to our clients’ needs.”

Providers using XLEMR’s certified product will have the benefit of the familiar interface in addition to all the features required by meaningful use.  For example, providers can take advantage of XLEMR’s interface to Microsoft Health Vault, which allows information sharing between the health record, the patient, and any other care givers authorized by the patient.

E-prescribing is another important feature that allows providers to check drug interactions, medicinal allergies, and formulary compliance.  Sending prescriptions electronically is more efficient than script pads or faxes; it also helps reduce fraud.  XLEMR’s unique approach to e-prescribing allows providers to enjoy all the benefits without additional monthly fees.

“One of the challenges for any vendor is how to incorporate the meaningful use functionality into a system without making it slow or difficult to navigate.  Complexity is one of the things medical professionals fear most in an EHR system.  Many providers hesitate to implement EHR, because they fear the software will be confusing and negatively impact productivity.  XLEMR’s architecture allows us to include all of the meaningful use requirements, while still maintaining our trademark simple interface,” Tripp elaborates.

Providers that want to participate in the stimulus program must first meet eligibility requirements under the Medicare or Medicaid program.  Next, providers must purchase an EHR system certified by an ONC-ATCB.  Finally, providers must use their software according to the measures outlined in the meaningful use rules to qualify for the stimulus funds.

About XLEMR, LLC

XLEMR, LLC is a leading developer of simple, mobile, and efficient electronic health records.  XLEMR focuses on a custom, hand-holding approach to implementation and development that allows their clients to experience a comfortable transition to EHR.  Their core product is based on Microsoft Office which provides an interface familiar to most users.  This architecture allows providers to be mobile without needing an internet connection or wireless data plan.  XLEMR provides efficiency by incorporating existing paper forms into the EHR to minimize training requirements.  For more about XLEMR visit www.xlemr.com.

February 21, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 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 and LinkedIn.