Medicare E Prescribing Alert!
To Avoid the CMS Medicare E-Prescribing Penalty in 2013,
you must act by October 15, 2012
E prescribing is a way to increase patient safety and reduce medical errors. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that 100,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals.
The Medicare eRx incentive program was established by the Medicare Information Patient Provider Act (MIPPA).
Under MIPPA, Medicare health care providers could receive incentive payments for e prescribing in the 5 year period ending in 2013. But there are also penalties for those who fail to meet the CMS Medicare e prescribing requirements
Which Medicare health care providers are subject to e prescribing payment adjustments? Read More
Medicare Physicians Alert!
Don’t Miss Out On Your Medicare E Prescribing Incentive Money
Were you successful in getting the 1% Medicare e Prescribing incentive money for 2011? Or were you one of the health care providers who are getting hit with the 1% e prescribing penalty because you didn’t e prescribe in 2011?
It’s 2012 and you now have the same opportunity and potential liability. There’s something called Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). MIPPA is an electronic prescription drugs program alternately referred to as the Medicare eRx incentive program or Medicare e-prescribing incentive program.
Under MIPPA, Medicare health care providers could have received incentive payments for e prescribing in the 5 year period ending in 2013.
What’s the basic CMS Medicare e Prescribing requirements? Read More
You need to be aware of the CMS Medicare rules and regulations to qualify for the HITECH Act EHR Incentive Program. If you’re a hospital that didn’t have your EMR software installed by end of June, you can forget about the CMS Medicare incentive money for 2012.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know
- The HITECH Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which is also known as the Stimulus Bill.
- The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are overseeing the EHR Incentive Program.
- Qualifying for the incentive payment requires implementation of electronic medical record systems and demonstrating meaningful use of the electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical records (EMR) software.
How do you demonstrate meaningful use for Medicaid Incentive Payments?
Medicaid is much simpler than Medicare. The first year, eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) only have to adopt, implement or upgrade in order to demonstrate meaningful use and thus qualify for incentive payments.
If 2012 is your second year, you will need to determine the specific meaningful use rules for your state.
The Georgia Medicaid site is http://dch.georgia.gov/00/article/0,2086,31446711_154959664_156789923,00.html .
For a list of all state Medicaid websites, visit https://www.cms.gov/apps/files/medicaid-HIT-sites/
What about meaningful use for CMS Medicare EHR Incentive program? Read More
Of the US Supreme Court cases, the Health Care Reform Act was the most anticipated. June 2012 ended with some important Supreme Court decisions. In dramatic effect, the Health Care Reform Bill decision was saved until last.
The Supreme Court justices failed to rule Obamacare unconstitutional. There was surprise and chagrin among the Republican and conservative ranks.
Will you celebrate freedom today? Read More
The World Health Organization‘s World Blood Donor Day is today, June 14, 2012.
The article title question is a play on words, since the acronym for World Health Organization is WHO. But the answer to the question is very serious.
Are you planning to donate blood today? Read More
The Center for Disease Control focuses on disease prevention and control (especially infectious diseases and food borne pathogens and other microbial infections), environmental health, occupational safety and health, health promotion, injury prevention and education. And their reach extends globally, outside the United States.
Got Baby Boomer Patients? Read More
May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. And the reasons for these observances are obvious.
About 68 million Americans have high blood pressure or hypertension. High blood pressure is called the “silent killer” because you can damage your heart and other organs without feeling any symptoms and without any warning. Read More
Physicians Alert: Is The Cardiologist Lying About Heart Bypass Surgery?
The cardiologist recommends heart bypass surgery to treat heart disease when a coronary artery is blocked. If you’re not a cardiologist, you refer your cardiovascular disease patients over to the care of the cardiologist for medical treatment.
You trust the cardiologist for a solution to the patient’s heart disease symptoms that is effective and efficient and the least traumatic.
But Dr. Julian Whitaker claims cardiologists are scaring your patients into unnecessary heart bypass surgery. The need for heart bypass surgery is a LIE, because “bypass surgery has been shown NOT to prevent heart attack or death!”
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What Valentine Gifts Can Physicians Give To Heart Disease Patients?
Have you purchased your Valentine gifts?
Tuesday is February 14 and that’s Valentine’s Day. Many are rushing to stores to buy Valentine gifts for their sweethearts. You may forget birthdays or anniversaries. But TV and other public media have plenty of reminders about Valentine’s Day. There’s no excuse to forget.
Showing up without Valentine cards and gifts can be deadly to your relationship!
What your favorite Valentine Gifts?
Valentine flowers are nice. Diamonds and other jewelry are forever. Chocolate is fun. And studies have found that dark chocolate can be good the your heart – in small doses. But, it’s Valentine’s Day, so splurge a little.
As a physician, you don’t actually give your patients Valentine gifts. But the gift of good health is more precious than material gifts. You may not be able to heal a romantic heart ache or a broken heart.
But you treat the literal / physical human heart. So you can help your heart disease patients.
February is also American Heart Month. There’s an epidemic of heart failure. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Hopefully you are taking the American Heart Month opportunity to educate your patients on heart disease prevention, treatment and other heart disease info. One of the goals of the HITECH Act and the transition to electronic health records is to educate patients and get them engaged in their own health care.
What’s the Heart Disease cure and medical treatment? Read More
Medicaid and Medicare physicians, hospitals and health care providers are required to implement electronic medical records
But what happens if 2015 comes and you don’t have Electronic Medical Records?
The government has penalties starting in 2015 for Medicare health care providers who fail to implement electronic medical record (EMR) / electronic health record (EHR) technology. Medicare reimbursements will be cut by 1% in 2015. But it doesn’t stop there. Physicians without a certified electronic health record system, face a 2% penalty in 2016, 3% in 2017 and so on up to 2019.
The Medicaid electronic medical records initiatives are administered by the states. There are actually some states which choose NOT to participate in the HITECH Act. So, although CMS Medicaid reimbursements are generally less than Medicare, Medicaid physicians do not have to worry about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) penalties for failure to adopt electronic health records.
Why are some private physician practices avoiding
Electronic Medical Records? Read More