How to qualify for the EHR incentive
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Physicians must demonstrate these meaningful use measures to qualify for up to $44,000 in Medicare incentives and avoid penalties.
(Washington Report Express, Aug. 23, 2012)
In response to Academy comment on an earlier proposed rule, CMS has lowered the reporting thresholds necessary to meet several new meaningful use measures, including a controversial measure opposed by the Academy that would measure physicians on their patients’ use of an online patient portal. The rule also finalizes several exemptions from the penalties scheduled to begin in 2015, including a new exemption for physicians who can’t control the availability of a certified EHR in their primary practice locations — such as an ambulatory surgical center. Although the Academy has lobbied CMS and Capitol Hill to include additional exemptions for senior physicians and physicians in small practices, CMS opted not to exempt these physicians at this time. CMS has published a fact sheet on the final rule that reviews the program changes.
CMS has published a fact sheet on the final rule that reviews the program changes.
In recognition that several of the changes to Stage 1 will take place in 2013, the Academy and AAOE have updated the Ophthalmology Attestation Guide. Physicians attesting to Stage 1 of meaningful use for 2012 should continue to use the 2011-2012 Edition. Physicians attesting to Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2013 or later should refer to the updated 2013 edition. A tipsheet outlining the changes that take effect in 2013 is also available.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is launching the IRIS™ Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight), the nation’s first comprehensive, electronic health record-based eye disease clinical registry, which will enable ophthalmologists across the country to use clinical data to improve care delivery and patient outcomes. The ophthalmology registry will also help automate the reporting of quality measures for the federal Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), streamlining the way for ophthalmologists to qualify for payment bonuses and avoid penalties. The registry will be available to all U.S. Academy members in early 2014.
Learn more about the IRIS™ Registry and the benefits of participation.
The Academy's Medical Information Technology site on the ONE Network contains useful information, interviews, survey results and documents that address interoperability of information systems and devices in the office and standards for EHRs.
DISCLAIMER: The Academy and AAOE do not endorse or recommend any specific EHR products, services or companies. The information presented in EHR Central is for informational purposes only.
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