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Alabama Medicaid Holding EHR Incentive Webinars

Alabama Medicaid’s One Health Record meeting calendar for April includes several dates for provider Webinars. Below is a link that contains the webinar dates.  If you are considering participation in Alabama Medicaid EHR Incentives, please mark your calendar and watch for registration information. Other important EHR Incentive links:   Contact us at 

Alabama Medicaid EHR Incentive Registration Opens Next Week

If you are an eligible provider with 30% Medicaid patient volume, you could receive a Medicaid EHR Incentive check for $21,250 as soon as this year.  Alabama Medicaid’s goal is to issue separate checks approximately 30 days after approved attestation which can begin April 1. April 1 Alabama Medicaid EHR Incentive Registration Opens First Year (as soon as 2011): $21,250 possible incentive amount per provider Medicaid Does Not Require ‘Meaningful Use’  First Year Incentive Checks…
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Action Needed by 6/30/11 To Avoid 2012 eRX Penalty

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) circulated the email notification below to remind Medicare providers how to avoid the 2012 eRx Payment Adjustment. To avoid the 2012 eRX penalty, action is needed by June 30, 2011.    Reporting G-Code Overview: Before 6/30/11 to avoid penalty eligible professionals must submit Gcode 8553 at least 10 applicable times.   To qualify for the 2011 eRX incentive, eligible professionals must report the appropriate Gcode G8553 for at least 25…
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MediSYS EHR ONC-ATCB Certification

MediSYS EHR v1.0 has received the federal government’s “meaningful use” stamp of approval by earning Complete EHR certification. The designation officially deems the electronic health record (EHR) 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 EHR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the…
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MediSYS Partners with Alabama Regional Extension Center

MediSYS is pleased to announce a partnership with Alabama Regional Extension Center (ALREC). “This is an exciting opportunity for the providers in Alabama. We understand that transitioning from paper to electronic records can be a daunting and expensive task. Our job is to help make this a smoother and faster transition resulting in the potential for more efficient patient care. This will ultimately translate to a better workflow for the providers and better quality of…
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Medicaid EHR Incentive Registration for Alabama Providers To Begin April, 2011

According to a notification from Medicaid, Medicaid EHR incentive registration for Alabama providers will begin in April, 2011. Below is a notification dated 1/12/11 from Alabama Medicaid: State providers need to prepare for EHR incentive payment registration While national registration for federal electronic health record incentive payments has begun on the national level, Alabama providers will need to wait until April 1, 2011, to register for the program, popularly known as “meaningful use.” Alabama had originally…
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Alabama One of 15 States to Receive Bonus

Alabama was among the 15 states that qualified to receive a bonus for making significant progress in enrolling more uninsured children in Medicaid.   Of the $206 million awarded, Alabama received the largest amount totaling $54,965,407.  Wisconsin received the second largest amount of $23,076,127.  According to a news release today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement that states who met the two performance goals qualified for the bonus.  Among the performance goals, states had to increase…
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ONC Adds Two More EHR Certification Bodies

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that ICSA Labs and SLI Global Solutions have been authorized to perform Complete EHR and/or EHR Module testing and certification. This brings the number of ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) to five.  ICSA Labs, Mechanicsburg, PA and SLI Global Solutions, Denver, CO were both authorized by the ONC on December 10.  Other ATCBs include Certification Commission of Health Information Technology (CCHIT), Drummond Group, Inc….
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House Passed Halt to Medicare Pay Cut

The House passed a bill that would prevent the significant 25% Medicare pay cut for physicians in 2011. Expected to be signed by President Obama, this bill would eliminate Medicare fee schedule cuts during 2011. After multiple attempts in 2010 to cut the Medicare reimbursement rates were delayed, this one-year moratorium is expected to keep some physicians from reducing their Medicare patient-base.

PECOS Edits Will Not be Turned on Effective Jan. 3, 2011

CMS previously announced that, beginning January 3, 2011, if certain Part B billed items and services require an ordering/referring provider and the ordering/referring provider is not in the claim, is not of a profession that is permitted to order/refer, or does not have an enrollment record in the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS), the claim will not be paid.  On November 26, 2010 they revised this with the following statement: The automated…
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ePrescribing First Six Months 2011 Required to Avoid Penalty in 2012

By now most providers are aware that in order to receive an ePrescribing incentive certain requirements for at least 25 unique ePrescribing events must be met.  But what some may not realize is that CMS will determine which eligible professionals (EP) are subject to a payment penalty in 2012 based on claims data from Jan. 1, 2011 – June 30, 2011.  CMS will analyze the claims during the first six months of 2011 to determine if the EP has submitted…
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Medicare Fee Cut Postponed

On November 18, the Senate passed a one-month postponement for the 23% Medicare fee cut that was scheduled to take effect December 1.  With House approval, this bill will delay the 23% pay cut, but January 1, 2011, physicians still face a 25% cut in reimbursements from Medicare.  The American Medical Association is pushing Congress for a one-year delay in hopes the additional time will allow for a better solution to the troubled Medicare payment system.  The…
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