2/27/15

CMS is Being Loud and Proud Right Now

CMS is Loud about a meaningful use attestation date extension:

If you are an eligible professional, you now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for 2014.

This extension also allows those eligible professionals, who want to use their one "switch", to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 until the end of March 20, 2015 also. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs.

Remember Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to both receive an incentive and to avoid a Medicare payment adjustment.

Also note, if necessary, that this Medicare extension doesn’t affect either the Medicaid EHR incentive or the PQRS date which has been extended to March 20, 2015.

And they are Proud about ICD-10 preparation:

Per CMS, they are ready for ICD-10 and prepared thinking they will be ready for ICD-10 on October 1. They claim they’ve had approximately 660 providers and billing companies who’ve submitted about 15,000 test claims.

“This successful week of testing continues to put us on course for successful implementation of this important initiative that better reflects modern practice of medicine by Oct. 1, 2015.”

Here is the link back to the CMS Attestation website.

2/9/15

Upcoming Events


March 18*
Genius Solutions Focus Group Seminar
@ The Somerset Inn in Troy, MI



April 8*
Genius Solutions Focus Group Seminar
@ The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI

(*Click on date you want for more information and registration.)

2/5/15

Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call (Feb 2015)

The Genius Solutions First Friday of the Month Conference Call is scheduled for Friday February 6th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time.


Planned topics for the conference call (so far) are:
  • Anything new with ICD-10?
  • BCBSM new ICD-10 testing starting 2/3/15 for top vendors
  • BCBSM DME claims after 1/15 rejecting when POS=12
  • Medicare 1% penalty for no EHR - Track or not?
  • How to help protect against Crypto Virus malware
  • ADAMS Appointment clients should AutoUpdate to eTHOMAS 9.4.23
  • We miss Chris Andrews
  • Final comments

1/26/15

Don't Forget the Attestation Deadline - Feb 28th, 2015

If you are participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program as an eligible professional, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest and demonstrate meaningful use of the data you collected during your 2014 EHR reporting period. If you participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you need to refer to your state's attestation deadline.

If you were a Medicare eligible professional and you didn't successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2013 (or 2014 for first-time participants), without a hardship exception for 2015, then on Jan. 1st, 2015 adjustments (reductions) were made to your Medicare payments.  If you do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use in 2014 (or receive a 2016 hardship exception) you will have payment adjustments applied beginning January 1, 2016 as well (yes, they will be cumulative if you miss both years).

For complete attestation information visit CMS's EHR Incentive Programs page.

1/21/15

eTHOMAS is ready for ICD-10 Now!

eTHOMAS is ready for ICD-10 today (if you are on a current version)! 

We've been successfully ICD-10 testing with various clearinghouses for a while, and will continue to do so.  However Genius Solutions recommends that you wait to import any new ICD-10 codes into THOMAS until April - because if there are going to be any announcements of changes to the codes or delays, it will most likely happen after the first quarter, when Medicare reviews their budget.

We'll have new ICD-10 webinars coming to you around May.  Look for e-mails from us and periodically check the website for new ICD-10 dates and information.

1/16/15

Shared Genius for January 2015


Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.


January 2015 includes:
First and Last visit dates, automated statements, and more!

Available now!

1/8/15

Upcoming Events


Jan 14th
Genius Solutions Focus Group Seminar
@ The City of Warren/Library Building, Warren, MI

For more information or to register *Download the Flier & Registration Form.


Feb 5th [Earn 8 CEUs]
2015 Insurance and Compliance Seminar
Co-Sponsored by the MAC, Arkfeld Compliance, and Genius Solutions

*For more information or to register look at the flier and click on the link to register.

1/6/15

2014 is OVER! 2015 is in Full Swing. Are you?

As of Jan 1, 2015, the 2014 EHR incentive and meaningful use year is finished.  You must attest for 2014 by Feb 28, 2015.

Also, as of Jan 1, 2015, the 2015 EHR incentive and meaningful use year has begun.  This includes the beginning of Stage 2 reporting for those who have completed two years of Stage 1 reporting already.

For more and complete information - please visit the CMS website.

12/18/14

Shared Genius for December 2014


Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.


December 2014 support special includes:
End of the Year Procedures

Available now!


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12/5/14

When to Complete a Security Risk Analysis

When to Complete a Security Risk Analysis - New CMS Guidance

As part of the HIPAA requirements, don’t forget that a security risk analysis must be completed prior to attestation. Review CMS FAQ #10754 , and learn more about this meaningful use requirement below.  A security risk analysis needs to be done whether you are attesting for Stage 1 or Stage 2.  It is part of the Meaningful Use requirements.  For more information, read the updated FAQ.

Per CMS:


  • Conducting a security risk analysis is required when certified EHR technology is adopted in the first reporting year
  • In subsequent reporting years, or when changes to the practice or electronic systems occur, a review must be conducted.

They also provide many helps:


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11/25/14

Shared Genius for November 2014


Shared Genius Practice Solutions From one Genius to Another.


November 2014 support special includes:
seasonal patient addresses, patient waiting list, new EHR update, and more!

Available now!


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10/23/14

Got Scribe?

If not, you might want to consider one (or more).

With documentation becoming more than just a word and EHR becoming a reality, most offices are trying to find ways to work more efficiently.  EHRs just don't seem like awesome replacements for sliced bread, especially if you've been practicing just fine without them for your entire professional career.  However, they are taking over, whether you want them to or not.  One of the best ways to cope with and EHR and its additional documentation and coding, yet still keep your sanity and your patient satisfaction can be for the doctor to continue being a doctor and dealing with patients face-to-face, while someone else scribes (or documents) patient encounters for the doctor – getting down all of the vital patient information, the doctor findings and responses, and any work done, as well as the recommended treatment plan.