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Make Efficiency Improvements to Prepare for MIPS

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The first performance year for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) begins in only a few short months. MIPS is one of the two pathways clinicians can take under the MACRA Quality Payment Program, and initially it is expected to be the more popular of the two options. MIPS replaces aspects of other disjointed reporting and payment programs (including the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Modifier Program, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program) and will attempt to blend them into something that is much more fluid. As clinicians ready their practices for MIPS they need to prepare for success in the program’s four categories: clinical quality, meaningful use, resource use, and clinical practice improvement.

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Topics: meaningful use, operational efficiency, macra, MIPS

Electronic Health Reporter: Value-Based Reimbursements Depend on Optimized EHRs

Posted by Revee White on Apr 6, 2016 10:25:18 AM

Richard-Royer.jpgPrimaris CEO Richard A. Royer was featured today in Electronic Health Reporter on "Value-Based Reimbursements Depend on Optimized EHRs."

As the United States healthcare system moves closer to value-based care, there are both opportunities and challenges for healthcare providers. 

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"What many providers have learned along the way is that technology plays an important role in the transition to value-based care," said Royer. "Meaningful use of electronic health records is necessary for success under value-based incentive programs."

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, value-based care

Primaris receives contract to help physicians use technology for patient care

Posted by Revee White on Jan 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Primaris was awarded a contract from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to work with small physician practices to boost electronic health records (EHR) for quality improvement.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, grant opportunity, quality improvement, patient care

EHR Incentive Program Final Rules

Posted by Sandy Pogones on Oct 13, 2015 10:00:00 AM

CMS has released the Final Rules for 2015-2019 EHR Incentive Program/Meaningful Use.  We're studying the entire 752 page document but want to share some excellent resources that are already available on the changes and requirements for EPs and EHs. 

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, PQRS, CMS

3 Reasons You Might Fail a Meaningful Use Audit

Posted by Revee White on Apr 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

EMRwordcloudSince 2011, CMS has disbursed nearly $20 Billion under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs, to nearly half a million eligible professionals.

That’s encouraging news, but there’s another side to the picture: Expert analysis of CMS data shows that as of September 2014, about 21 percent of eligible professionals audited before they received federal incentive payments failed to meet meaningful use standards or use a certified EHR.

Almost a quarter of eligible professionals failed to meet meaningful use standards for post-payment audits, compared to just about five percent of an admittedly smaller number of eligible hospitals.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR

5 Action Items for an EHR Audit

Posted by Revee White on Apr 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

AuditKeyboardExpert analysis of CMS data shows that as of September 2014, about 21 percent of eligible professionals audited before they received federal incentive payments failed to meet meaningful use standards or use a certified EHR.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR

Bringing Meaning to Meaningful Use

Posted by Revee White on Apr 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

INFOGRAPHICS-10Meaningful Use Stage 3 is out, and Becker’s Hospital Review highlighted 9 things to know. The new stage 3 rule takes into account both the successes and failures of the first two stages.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR

When was your last security risk analysis?

Posted by Revee White on Mar 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

VulnerableSecurity Risk, Meaningful Use and HIPAA: Are you covered? Accounting for risks to the privacy and security of patient data becomes a more stringent process as you move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 meaningful use requirements. 

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, security risk

4 Steps to Get Real Value Out of Your EHR Systems

Posted by Revee White on Mar 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Helping patients get well and stay well is the top priority for your organization. That is one of many reasons to ramp up or accelerate your use of certified electronic health records (EHR). Plus, meaningful use of an EHR system can mean incentives for your practice or facility. But realizing these benefits and meeting requirements is challenging.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, HIPAA, operational efficiency, accountable care

3 Security Risk Workshops Planned for Spring

Posted by Revee White on Feb 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Some of you may have already started getting letters from the EHR Incentive Program auditors. 

Did you know security risk documentation is the leading cause of failed Meaningful Use audits?

After two successful workshops last month in St. Louis and Kansas City, Primaris is teaming up with HealthCore Value Advisors in March and April to host three one-day, interactive workshops on "10 Critical Elements for Conducting an Audit-Proof Security Risk Analysis." 

The workshop is designed to teach practice managers, providers and information officers how to conduct an audit-proof risk analysis at the practice level.

The March workshops will be held in Columbia and Springfield - and by popular demand, we are also offering a Saturday option.

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Topics: meaningful use, EHR, HIPAA, security risk

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