What's New

Webinar: "Group Documentation - Easier Than Ever....New Functionality in eMIPP"
Tuesday, Dec. 3, noon-1 pm (CST): Join us for short webinar to learn about new functionality in eMIPP that will make attestation easier. We will also review Group Pre-approval and documentation and Group eCQM attestation. Joining us in the conversation is Mecky Lang, from the lllinois Medicaid Attestation Program. She will demonstrate the new functionality and answer questions. REGISTER NOW! After registering, you will receive a confirmation to join the Webinar.

ILHITREC Partners in Two Multi-State Healthcare Quality Improvement Consortiums
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected Indiana University and Altarum as Prime awardees of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor (NQIIC). Northern Illinois University’s Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC) is a partner in these two multi-state consortiums that were awarded under this initiative.This designation will allow NQIICs to bid on Task Orders over the next five years. READ THE FULL STORY

Healthcare providers play a critical role in helping patients manage their diabetes. Providers help counsel patients on important healthcare choices. Patients may work with many different kinds of healthcare providers who are part of their diabetes care team. READ THE FULL STORY

Final 90-Day Reporting Period of 2019 is Here
October means we are in the last 90-day reporting period for 2019. There is still time to meet the Objective Measure requirements in the Medicaid PI program. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds Promoting Interoperability Program participants that the electronic health record reporting period in 2019 is a minimum of any continuous 90-day period in CY2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. There is still time to meet the Objective Measure requirements in the Medicaid PI program. Read the FULL STORY about the required measures and thresholds to report for Stage 3 in 2019.

NOV. 19 Webinar: "Preparing for Successful Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Attestation"Webinar
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday,  Nov. 19, entitled "Preparing for Successful Stage 3 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Attestation" you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This webinar discusses Stage 3 requirements.

SEPT. 24 ILHITREC Webinar Recording: "We're Glad You Asked - 2019 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Attestation."
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday, Sept. 24,  entitled "We're Glad You Asked - 2019 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Attestation," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This webinar features ILHITREC's Brenda Simms and HFS's Mecky Lang as they discuss tips and requirements for successful 2019 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Attestation. The topics include questions that we receive regarding attestations as well as documents required to be uploaded with an EP attestation.

New Quality Improvement Strategies Shared at Healthcare Thinkathon
Kerri Lanum and Brenda Simms, Clinical Informatics Specialists with ILHITREC (Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center), attended the Healthcare Thinkathon in Indianapolis, IN, July 23, 2019. The event was sponsored by the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at IUPUI. It was a conference to affect change in healthcare by working toward change that will reach the quadruple aim of better care and improved outcomes at lower costs with enhanced patient and clinician experiences. READ THE FULL STORY

 

The Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Hardship Exception Application for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals is Now Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) use 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability Programs. CMS mandates downward payment adjustments be applied to eligible hospitals and CAHs that are not meaningful users of CEHRT. READ THE FULL STORY

If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday, July 16,  entitled "2019 Public Health & Clinical Data Registry Reporting Objective," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This webinar discusses the elements and definitions of the 2019 Public Health & Clinical Data Registry Reporting Objective and offers suggestions on meeting the measures as well as any exclusions available to Eligible Professionals.
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday, June 11, entitled "22019 Health Information Exchange Objective," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This Webinar detailed education about: the elements and definitions of the 2019 Health Information Exchange Objective and offered suggestions on meeting the measures as well as any exclusions available to Eligible Professionals.
MAY 14 ILHITREC Webinar Recording: 2019 Coordination of Care through Patient Engagement
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday, May 14, entitled "2019 Coordination of Care through Patient Engagement," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This Webinar detailed education about: The requirements for meeting this NEW measure for 2019 and any exclusions available to providers; and Strategies to engage your patients in the use of the patient portal including entering patient-generated health data.

APRIL 17 ILHITREC Webinar Recording: 2019 Patient Electronic Access & Patient Education for Medicaid Providers
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Wedneasday, April 17, entitled "2019 Patient Electronic Access & Patient Education for Medicaid Providers," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF). This Webinar detailed what providers need to know about this measure, including:  The requirements for meeting this NEW measure for 2019 and any exclusions available to Medicaid providers;  Best Practices from other Illinois practices on how to meet this measure; and New ways to meet this objective and changes from previous years including paper-based actions that are no longer allowed or required to be counted for patient education calculations.

March 19 ILHITREC Webinar Recording about CPOE and e-Prescribe
If you missed ILHITREC's Webinar Tuesday, March 19, entitled "CPOE and e-Prescribing," you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF).

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Improve Interoperability of Health Info
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently proposed a new rule to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The proposed rule is designed to increase innovation and competition by giving patients and their healthcare providers secure access to health information and new tools, allowing for more choice in care and treatment. It calls on the healthcare industry to adopt standardized application programming interfaces (APIs), which will help allow individuals to securely and easily access structured EHI using smartphone applications. For more information including many informative Fact Sheets, visit the ONC website.

CMS Advances Interoperability & Patient Access to Health Data through New Proposals
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed policy changes supporting its MyHealthEData initiative to improve patient access and advance electronic data exchange and care coordination throughout the healthcare system. The Interoperability and Patient Access Proposed Rule outlines opportunities to make patient data more useful and transferable through open, secure, standardized, and machine-readable formats while reducing restrictive burdens on healthcare providers. In addition to the policy proposals, CMS is releasing two Requests for Information (RFIs) to obtain feedback on interoperability and health information technology (health IT) adoption in Post-Acute Care (PAC) settings, and the role of patient matching in interoperability and improved patient care. For more information, visit the  CMS website.

Feb. 19 Webinar Recording: "Security Risk Analysis and Clinical Decision Support System"
If you missed LHITREC's Webinar entitled "Security Risk Analysis and Clinical Decision Support System" Feb. 19, you can listen to the Recording here or download the PowerPoint Presentation (PDF).

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.

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

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

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.
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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. 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. 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

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

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