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Upcoming ILHITREC Webinars
Two educational webinars have been scheduled by ILHITREC's Clinical Informatics Specialists. They are:
Tuesday, Feb. 19, noon-1 pm (CDT): "Security Risk Analysis and Clinical Decision Support System." Visit our Webinar page for more details about what will be discussed.  REGISTER NOW 
Tuesday, March 19, noon-1 pm (CDT): "CPOE and e-Prescribing." Visit our Webinar page for more details about what will be discussed. REGISTER NOW  

Jan. 15 Webinar Recording: Preparing for Successful Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Attestation
If you missed LHITREC's Webinar entitled "Preparing for Successful Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Attestation" Jan. 15, you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). Stage 3 will be required in 2019. Find out how these changes will impact your organization and what you can be doing now to prepare.

CMS Webinar Jan. 30: Eligible Clinician eCQM Diabetes Measures
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host "Eligible Clinician eCQM Diabetes Measures" on Jan. 30, from 11 am-noon (CST). This one-hour webinar will provide an in-depth review of the Diabetes electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) including: Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) Poor Control (>9%) (CMS122), Eye Exam (CMS131), and Medical Attention for Nephropathy (CMS134). It will provide an introduction to the top reported Diabetes measures and address terminology and value set changes for 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Quality performance period. The webinar is intended to prepare eligible clinicians, vendors, quality, and health information technology staff for eCQM reporting. It is the third in a series of five educational sessions to provide relevant information to support successful understanding, interpretation, and implementation of eCQMs. Register now as space is limited and will be closed when capacity is reached. The webinar will be recorded; a replay with presentation slides will be available on the eCQI Resource Center website within 2 weeks following the program.

New and Improved eCQI Resource Center Website
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revealed an updated and redesigned Electronic Clinical Quality Improvement (eCQI) Resource Center website. FULL STORY

Now Available: Addendum to the 2018 CMS QRDA I Implementation Guide for Hospital Quality Reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published an addendum to the 2018 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) Category I Implementation Guide (IG), originally published in July 2017. This addendum includes six new conformance statements specific to CMS programs and updates the description of one other conformance number. FULL STORY

Reducing Clinician Burden: Letter to Clinicians
CMS has been hard at work to address the burden placed on clinicians by federal health care regulations. On Nov. 8, CMS released a letter to clinicians outlining how the agency is reducing burden through reform of documentation and coding requirements. The letter from Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, outlines steps being taken. READ THE LETTER

Final 90-Day Reporting Period of 2018 is Here 
We are in the last 90-day reporting period for 2018. There is still time to meet the Objective Measure requirements in the Medicaid PI program. Details about the required measures and thresholds to report for Modified Stage 2 in 2018 are explained here, in addition to information about Stage 3. FULL STORY

Oct. 30 Webinar Recording: Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program
If you missed ILHITREC's Oct. 30, webinar about attesting to Modified Stage 2 for the 2018 Medicaid attestation period, and Stage 3 requirements for 2019, you can listen to the recorded webinar here; or download the PowerPoint in PDF form.

2019 Eligible Hospital eCQM Flows are Available Now
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed and published the 2019 reporting period electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAH) to the eCQI Resource Center. This is a new resource for eligible hospital and CAH eCQMs for the 2019 reporting period, developed in response to stakeholder feedback. FULL STORY

Oct. 9 Webinar Recording: Preparing for the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program 2018 Attestation
If you missed ILHITREC's Oct. 9, webinar about being prepared for the 2018 EHR Medicaid Incentive Payment Program (eMIPP), you can listen to the recorded webinar here; or download the PowerPoint in PDF form.

Sept. 19 Webinar Recording: Successfully Navigating Medicaid Meaningful Use Audits
If you missed ILHITREC's Sept. 19 webinar entitled "Successfully Navigating Medicaid Meaningful Use Audits," you can listen to the recorded webinar here; or download the PowerPoint in PDF form.

2019 eCQM Flows Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) developed and published the 2019 performance period electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) flows for eligible clinicians and eligible professionals (EPs) to the  eCQI Resource Center. The eCQM flows are designed to assist in interpretation of the eCQM logic and calculation methodology for performance rates.

Update Provider Contact Information Now!
Don't wait to update! For those participating in the Meaningful Use Medicaid incentive payment program (now called Promoting Interoperability), now is the time to be preparing for 2018 attestations. It is also a great time to review your provider's main contact email and phone number. During the 2017 attestation season, hundreds of providers had invalid email addresses. FULL STORY

National Immunization Awareness Month: Learn More about I-CARE
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is held each August to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Communities across the country use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases across the lifespan. In Illinois, I-CARE is the Immunization Information System (IIS) that offers a confidential, population-based, computerized database to record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area. I-CARE (Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange) allows healthcare providers, individuals, patients and guardians and other institutions to track vaccination status throughout the lifespan. FULL STORY

Learn More about FY2019 Medicare IPPS and LTCH Final Rule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued updates to Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule. FULL STORY

2018 Illinois Health IT Survey: deadline is Aug. 31
Illinois is updating the state of Health IT and needs your input on the 2018 Health IT Survey! The purpose of the survey is to determine the extent of health information technology use by providers and hospitals in Illinois. Survey topics include EHR adoption, utilization, and functionality, as well as Health Information Exchange participation. The results of this survey will help inform current and future support and resources for providers, practices and hospitals in Illinois. Please complete this 5-10 minute survey to help provide important data on the health information technology environment in Illinois.  We appreciate your participation! 

New Medicare Cards Being Mailed in Illinois
In early July 2018,
CMS began mailing new Medicare cards to people with Medicare who live in Wave 3 states, including Illinois and Wisconsin. FULL STORY

3 Webinar replays: 2018 EHR Medicaid Incentive Payment Program Requirements; Prescritpion Monitoring Program; and Strategies to Meet Patient Electronic Access Requirements for 2018
If you missed ILHITREC's recent Webinars on the above topics (or if you want to pass the presentations on to someone else in your organization), we invite you to watch the replays. The PowerPoint slide presentations also are available in PDF format. Visit ILHITREC's Webinar Page.

Updated eCQM Specifications and New eCQM Reading Guide Now Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the eCQM annual update for the 2019 reporting period for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and the 2019 performance period for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Clinicians. FULL STORY

CMS Changes Name of EHR Incentive Programs and Advancing Care Information to "Promoting Interoperability
To continue its commitment to promoting and prioritizing interoperability of health care data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is overhauling and streamlining the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for hospitals as well as for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program. FULL STORY

CMS Announces Agency’s First Rural Health Strategy
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the agency’s first Rural Health Strategy on May 8, 2018, intended to provide a proactive approach on healthcare issues to ensure that the nearly one in five individuals who live in rural America have access to high quality, affordable healthcare. FULL STORY

EHR Incentive Program Runs Through 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) that the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, which is administered voluntarily by states and territories, will continue through 2021. FULL STORY

Key Information About Specialized Registry
What can count as a specialized registry?  FAQ 13653 explains submissions to a specialized registry that may count if the receiving entity meets certain requirements. What about exclusions?  Specialized Registry exclusions are explained in an additional document. FULL STORY