• Stakeholder Awareness of Beacon Program Services
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  • New Health Center Beacon Award Recipients 2011
    HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to improve quality of care and electronic reporting capabilities in Beacon Communities $8.5 million to fund 85 health centers in 15 Beacon Communities across the country HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to improve quality of care and electronic reporting capabilities in Beacon Communities; $8.5 million to fund . […]
  • The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program
    Improving Health Through Health Information Technology The Beacon Community Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to 17 selected communities throughout the United States that have already made inroads in the development of secure, private, and accurate systems of electronic health record (EHR) adoption and health information exchange. The Beacon Program will support these communities to build […]
  • Other Lab | Re: Cancer-specific panels and biomarkers
    Hi May,The performing laboratory knows the assay best, and generally is responsible for submitting the definitions for new LOINC codes. GeneDx is working on submitting their terms.Stay tuned!Have a great day,PamStatistics : Posted by pdbanning • on Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:43 pm • Replies 1 • Views 105
  • System Implementation | Re: Using LOINC to link results from labs
    Thank you - this is helpful.Our LIS will have the ability to store different LOINCs within each method definition. Each result can have multiple methods each with their own reference ranges, reportable ranges, LOINC, even reflex testing and billing rules. We do have a grid of sorts for building all of the results so it's […]

Strong Interest in Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

INITIAL REGISTRATION ACTIVITIES REVEAL STRONG INTEREST IN MEDICARE AND MEDICAID EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAMS […]

Federal Funding for State Medicaid HIT Activities

CMS Letter Outlines State Requirements for Medicaid Directors

On Tuesday, CMS issued a letter to Stated Medicaid Directors. This is an update to the State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP) Overview from 2009. In July, the ONC issued a PIN (Program Information Notice) to State HIEs entitled “Requirements and Recommendations for the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program.” It outlined responsibilities under the program, recommended roles for the HIT Coordinators, and elements of the state strategic and operational plans.

The Recovery Act provides 100 percent Federal financial participation (FFP) to States for incentive payments to eligible Medicaid providers to adopt, implement, upgrade, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology, and 90 percent FFP for State administrative expenses related to the program.

Section 4201 of the ARRA provides 90% FFP HIT Administrative match for three activities to be done under the direction of the SMA: 1. Administer the incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals; 2. […]

Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs

CMS EHR Incentive Programs Website Updated for Medicare and Medicaid

Get up-to-date and accurate information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs from CMS at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentiveprograms/. Visit the website to get specifics about the program and download our new tip sheets.

Tip Sheets for Eligible Professionals:

Medicare EHR Incentive Payments for Eligible Professionals

This tip sheet describes which types of individual practitioners can participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program. It provides user friendly information about incentive payment amounts and describes how they are calculated for fee for service and Medicare advantage providers. It also describes payment adjustments beginning in 2015 for EPs who are not meaningful users of certified EHR technology.

Medicare EHR Incentive Program, PQRI and E-Prescribing Comparison

Learn what opportunities are available to Medicare Eligible Professionals to receive incentive payments for participating in important Medicare initiatives. This fact sheet provides information on eligibility, timeframes, and maximum payments for each […]