If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year.

Per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), VSAC is the official repository for Value Sets that support 2014 Meaningful Use Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). VSAC will also host other value sets such as Routes of Administration and Patient Assessment Instruments in the near future.

MEASURE COMPLIANCE - Meeting the Patient Electronic Access Objective

Starting in 2014, CMS requires that providers participating in both Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs must meet the Patient Electronic Access objective, which gives patients access to their health information in a timely manner. Providers participating in Stage 1 are required to meet one patient electronic access measure, and providers participating in Stage 2 need to meet two measures.

Measure #1 for Stage 1 and Stage 2:

CMS has added more PQRS training modules to help simplify the process, including one for beginner, intermediate and advanced PQRS reporting.  The modules are designed to help you find the information you need to satisfactorily participate in PQRS and other programs that offer incentive payments in 2014.

October 3rd is Last Day for 1st-year Medicare EPs to Begin a 2014 Reporting Period

EHR Incentive Programs: Exclusions and Hardship Exceptions

CMS offers exclusions and hardship exceptions for eligible professionals who face challenges in meeting meaningful use objectives that require that they and their patients have broadband access and Internet connectivity.

Cyber Insurance? What kind of Insurance Policy it that?

Due to the increase of medical transactions stored online and in the cloud, cyber intrusions will only increase. Cyber insurance also known as privacy and network security insurance can help cover the costs incurred if your computer system is compromised, or after a data breach which can include a HIPAA breach. Keep in mind breach notification is legally mandated in 47 states and regulations vary state by state to be sure you are aware of your states laws.

 by Aimee Wilcox, MA, CST, CCS-P

Have you ever wondered when it is appropriate to document a comprehensive past medical, family and social history (PFSH) or if the necessity of doing so will be questioned during an audit?

Well, providers are concerned about how their documentation will hold up in an audit and since most haven’t been formerly trained in medical coding, their concerns over a potential audit are valid. 

Q: When is it appropriate to document a comprehensive past medical, family and social history?


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