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CMS has delayed forcing 5010 requirements (90-day Discretion Period)

CMS announced on Thursday November 17th that it will hold off until March 31, 2012, on enforcing its rule requiring the switch to using the ASC X12 Version 5010 standards for the electronic transmission of healthcare claims and other administrative communications. However, the Jan. 1, 2012 compliance deadline for Version 5010 will not be changed. CMS has stated its decision is “based on industry feedback revealing that, with only about 45 days remaining before the…
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Medicaid Planned System Outage

Alabama Medicaid will install updates to support 5010 and NCPDP D.O. transactions over the Veteran’s Day weekend as part of overall system upgrades. The system outage is expected: Friday, November 11, 2011 at 9:00 PM CST to Monday, November 14, 2011 at 6:00 AM CST During this time, there will be no claims available via batch, interactive, PES or web portal, and AVRS will be down. The Electronic Media Claims (EMC) Helpdesk telephone line will…
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Alabama State Immunization Information Systems (AL-IIS) Interface

11/3/2011 – MediSYS is pleased to announce the release of the Alabama State Immunization Information Systems (AL-IIS) Interface. The interface enables clinics to submit recorded immunizations to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) real-time upon completion. Clinics can also retrieve immunizations on file with AL-IIS which are displayed in the patient’s chart with the Immunization chart tab. This bi-directional interface provides real-time access to ADPH from within MediSYS Electronic Health Records (EHR).  From a…
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CMS extended the eRX hardship exemption deadline to Nov. 8th

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that the deadline to request hardship exemptions from the 2012 penalty (1% payment reduction) has been extended to Tuesday Nov. 8th. Eligible Professionals can submit their hardship exemption on the Quality Net website.   As a reminder, eligible professionals (EPs) must qualify for one or more of the following categories in order to submit a request for a hardship exemption by Nov. 8 to avoid…
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Baldwin County Practice using MediSYS collects $54,000 in EHR incentives!

Although not all incentive payments have been reported, those payments reported to MediSYS indicate our Alabama Providers have collected nearly 2 million dollars in incentive payments.  And that number continues to grow every day as physicians report receiving their checks. Providers from cities across the state of Alabama have received Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments.  Plus, many Medicare providers have collected significant ePrescribe incentive payments, PQRS incentives and more.  Specialties receiving incentive payments range…
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Medicare providers have you met eRX claim or exemption requirements?

Attention Medicare Providers:  Have you either: 1.  Submitted 25 eRX G8553 codes on applicable claims in 2011 to indicate a qualified ePrescribing event OR 2. Submitted hardship/exemption code via (Tip: we have had reports that this link is not always accessible due to high volume, etc. so act quickly to meet the 11/1/11 deadline) Also see September, 2011 CMS publication for changes to eRX 2011 program. If you answered ‘No’ to both questions, contact us…
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Certification number fixed on the CMS hardship exemptions website

CMS has fixed an issue on the CMS hardship exemption website. The web site did not permit eligible professionals to enter the complete 15 digit certification number. This has now been corrected and you can now resubmit your request and include the 15 digit certification number in the correct box.   On the same website, CMS hardship exemption, you have the ability to download Physician Quality Reporting System and E-prescribing Incentive Program feedback reports. CMS…
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New eRX Deadline for Hardship / Exemption

CMS issues new hardship / exemption code and extends deadline to submit these codes.  See: Web Portal to submit request for hardship/exemption

CMS Announced Changes to 2011 eRX Incentive Program

August 31, 2011…. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today they are finalizing  the following changes to the 2011 eRX Incentive Program to address concerns related to hardship codes and  EHR  incentive programs. 1.  Provide four additional hardship exemption categories for purposes of the 2012 payment  adjustment.  The eligible professional must demonstrate if one of the following applies: EP registered to participate in Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive programs & adopt  certified EHR technology Inability…
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Providence Hospital & MediSYS EHR Interface Now Available

August 26, 2011…..MediSYS is pleased to announce that the Providence Hospital Interface with MediSYS EHR is now available! This new interface with Providence Hospital allows practices using MediSYS EHR to receive lab documents electronically from the hospital. Please let us know if you are interested in getting this interface setup at your practice! Currently, MediSYS EHR has several other hospital interfaces including: Jacksonville Medical Center – Jacksonville, AL, ECM/Shoals Hospital – Florence, AL, Huntsville Hospital –…
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Jacksonville Medical Center EHR Interface Now Available

Jacksonville Medical Center MediSYS EHR Interface Birmingham, AL (August 15, 2011) –MediSYS is proud to announce today that Jacksonville Medical Center has become a new addition to MediSYS’ Electronic Health Record interface options.  This new interface with Jacksonville Medical Center allows practices using MediSYS EHR to receive certain hospital documents electronically. The first site to use the interface will be Special Care for Women in Jacksonville, AL. This Jacksonville Medical Center interface to MediSYS EHR…
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Exciting eRx Incentive News

An Alabama Ophthalmologist using MediSYS ePrescribe received an eRX incentive payment this week from CMS for just under $8,000. Also this week, a family practice provider in Clay County using MediSYS ePrescribe received an eRX incentive payment just under $10,000 from CMS. Congratulations to these 2 practices! Over a quarter million and counting has been paid to Alabama providers using MediSYS ePrescribe.  If you receive eRx Incentive payments, please let us know!