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Illinois Medicaid Attestation Deadline Extended to April 30, 2019
CMS has announced that the attestation deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) for the Illinois Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly Illinois Medicaid Electronic Health Records [EHR] Incentive Program) for the 2018 program year has been extended to April 30, 2019. The extension applies only to EPs who have not yet attested to the Illinois Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program for the 2018 program year. CMS recently extended the Medicare attestation deadline two weeks, which could potentially cut into the Medicaid attestation time-frame for practices attesting to both programs. As a result, some providers may need additional time to attest. Therefore, the Department extended the EP attestation period to April 30, 2019. For additional support, contact ILHITREC at info@ILHITREC.org or email CMS at hfs.ehrincentive@illinois.gov  

ILHITREC WEBINAR: 2019 Coordination of Care through Patient Engagement
Scheduled Tuesday, May 14, noon-1 pm (CDT), this Webinar will feature 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. REGISTER NOW!
 
Scheduled Tuesday, June 11, noon-1 pm (CDT), this Webinar will discuss the elements and definitions of the 2019 Health Information Exchange Objective and offer suggestions on meeting the measures as well as any exclusions available to Eligible Professionals. REGISTER NOW!
 
Scheduled Tuesday, July 16, noon-1 pm (CDT), this webinar will discuss the elements and definitions of the 2019 Public Health & Clinical Data Registry Reporting Objective and offer suggestions on meeting the measures as well as any exclusions available to Eligible Professionals. REGISTER NOW!

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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