Hospitals are moving away from paper-based records to electronic medical records and electronic health records to retain patient-care data. Electronic formatting facilitates data capture in a “real-time” environment, and allows many users to access the data at the same time.
CHA supports the capture and availability of secure patient-care data through the use of health information technology (HIT) across the continuum of care. CHA believes HIT will serve as a tool to enhance patient safety, promote information for preventative health and reduce health care costs.
On Feb. 6, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule that gives patients the right to obtain their lab test results directly from any lab subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 Privacy Rule (HIPAA), and to require the labs to send their test results to any designated person or organization. The rule, attached, also amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations to permit (but not require) CLIA-certified labs that are not subject to HIPAA to provide test results directly to patients. While patients can continue to get their lab test reports from their doctors, these changes give patients a new option to obtain their test reports directly from the lab. The rule is intended to provide patients greater access to their health information, empowering them to take a more active role in managing their health and health care. The final rule is effective April 7, but HIPAA covered entities must comply with the applicable requirements by Oct. 6.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today it will extend the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2013 reporting year from 8:59 p.m. (PT) on Feb. 28 to 8:59 p.m. (PT) March 31. In addition, CMS is offering assistance to eligible hospitals that may have experienced difficulty attesting by allowing them to submit their attestation retroactively and avoid the 2015 payment adjustment. Eligible hospitals should contact CMS at EH2013Extension@Provider-Resources.com for assistance submitting attestation retroactively. Hospitals must contact CMS by 8:59 p.m. (PT) on March 15 to participate for the 2013 program year. Hospitals should type “EH 2013 Extension” in the subject line of their email to CMS and include the following information: CCN, hospital name, contact name, contact email, and contact phone number. Each hospital must be identified in a separate email.
Telligen, support contractor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will host a national provider webcast Jan. 22, noon – 1 p.m. (PT), focused on electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting. Topics covered will include inpatient quality reporting and meaningful use program alignment, eCQM submission options and timelines, upcoming events and a question-and-answer session. Registration is required. For information on how to register and for additional details, see the attached flyer.
In a recent blog post, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) proposed a new timeline for the implementation of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. The new timeline would extend stage 2 through 2016 and delay stage 3 until 2017 for providers who have completed at least two years of stage 2.
The delay is intended to give CMS more time to analyze feedback on stage 2 progress and outcomes to better inform stage 3 rulemaking. However, the announcement does not change certification requirements for 2014, and providers are still required to upgrade or adopt technology that meets the 2014 EHR certification standards, regardless of which stage of meaningful use they are in. CMS expects to release proposed rulemaking for stage 3 and corresponding ONC rulemaking for the 2017 edition of the ONC standards and certification criteria in the fall of 2014.
The Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday analyzing the progress of the Medicare electronic health records (EHR) incentive programs for payments made in 2011 and 2012. The report found that 48 percent of eligible hospitals received payment in 2012, up from 16 percent in 2011. The report also notes that inpatient prospective payment system hospitals were nearly twice as likely as critical access hospitals to receive a 2012 payment, and that hospitals in urban areas were 1.2 times more likely to have been awarded a payment compared to hospitals in rural areas. The full report is available at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-21R.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched the CDPH Health Information Exchange (HIE) Gateway to help hospitals and health care professionals meet the requirements of the Meaningful Use (MU) public health objectives of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record incentive program. CDPH intends for its HIE Gateway to serve as a single point of entry for data submission to many state public health programs, although not all programs will begin using the CDPH HIE Gateway immediately.
Reimbursement policy changes surrounding therapy cap expansion, manual medical review and now G-codes have the medical rehabilitation community reeling. Providers will need to closely evaluate and adapt policies and procedures including patient care policies to meet the new requirements and support claims submissions. This webinar will provide practical advice on how to implement the new regulations, including claims processing, and offer the MAC perspective on what CMS is looking for and tips to avoid common problems.
There’s a lot of buzz around the new HIPAA/HITECH final rule, and hospitals are moving quickly to review and understand the new federal regulations. But, California has its own set of laws to consider that are sometimes more stringent. So, which laws do you need to follow?
You’ve just been served. The subpoena “looks” okay, and seems “official,” but you’re wary — and you should be. The stakes are often high if you get this wrong. This webinar thoroughly explains the nuances of civil and criminal subpoenas. Participants will learn how to review what they receive and respond with confidence.
It has come to our attention that some hospitals in California do not use the CMS 2552-96 form according to CMS instructions when reporting on Medi-Cal services. Many comply with supplemental instructions issued by DHCS that require reporting of contract services in column 3 (designated for Medicare Title V by CMS). Also, these supplemental instructions state that Medi-Cal managed care bed days should not be reported on the form.