The EHR Incentive Program has been around for several years now, and few healthcare providers are unfamiliar with Meaningful Use and all it entails. The program main draw is the stimulus payments that physicians can qualify for each year by successfully adopting, implementing, upgrading or demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
Starting this year, qualifying for incentive payments requires using 2014 Edition certified software. This means that physicians must attest to Meaningful Use using an EHR solution that has proven through extensive testing that it is capable of supporting requirements for both Stage 1 and 2, including electronic health information exchange, interoperability and patient engagement.
Meaningful Use stage 2 guidelines build on stage 1, promote data exchange and patient engagement.
While many providers are still knee deep in the first stage of meaningful use, countless others have yet to implement an EMR system, much less attest to meaningful use. Still, many medical professionals have already started preparing for meaningful use stage 2. Understanding what is expected from providers for meaningful use is the best way to prepare and to ensure that objectives and reporting requirements are met.
When will I need to begin reporting? The earliest that any eligible hospital or provider can attest to meaningful use stage 2 is 2014. To do so, healthcare professionals must first demonstrate two years of meaningful use under the criteria for stage 1.
Despite an initial surge in electronic medical records adoption due to federal incentive programs, many qualifying healthcare professionals continue to put off conversion efforts due to the overwhelming number of EMR options on the market and the financial implications involved in adopting state of the art IT systems.
With meaningful use reporting periods coming to a close for 2012, the urgency to adopt EMR technology is growing. Still, healthcare facilities and independent providers don’t need to feel overwhelmed. Achieving meaningful use can be a breeze with the right EMR tools and the help of knowledgeable vendors.
1st Providers Choice will attend the 2017 Sleep Premier World Forum which will take place from June 3rd until June 7th in Boston, Massachusetts. Sleep 2017 is the 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, and will present the latest research, clinical practices, and integrated strategies for implementing the future of sleep medicine. Our team will be demonstrating how our Sleep EMR, billing, and sleep center management software can streamline your documentation, and meet the distinct EMR, billing, and management needs of Sleep Medicine providers and practices.read more
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine will be hosting the 2017 Sleep Medicine Trends Course from February 17th through February 19th. Over 400 sleep medicine professionals will be attending this year, and 1st Providers Choice is excited to announce that we will be showcasing our sleep medicine EMR. read more
The use of EMR software is not merely an improved method of documenting and sharing patient information, it is a different way in which physicians provide health care. Simply choosing an EMR system is not enough – training and education are essential aspects of smoothly implementing any EMR software into your practice.
In fact, one study showed that intensive technical assistance is vital to improving quality of care through the use of EHR systems. In this study, it was found that physician practices needed at least 9 months of regular training before noting an improvement in quality measures for conditions such as diabetes and breast cancer. In contrast, practices with little to no training showed no improvement in quality measures, even after using the EMR software for up to two years.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association is dedicated to supporting ambulatory surgery facilities in providing high-quality, value-based ambulatory surgical care to all patients served. We at 1st Providers Choice share this mission, and are proud to announce that we will be attending the2017 Winter ASC Meeting from January 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio, TX.
This year’s Winter ASC Meeting in San Antonio will feature three seminars dedicated to the following material: coding and reimbursement, finance and accounting, and regulatory and legal risk. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits when present at either of these seminars.
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) has replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. As a result, new guidelines for paying providers for care administered to individuals enrolled in Medicare Part B will come into effect for the following calendar year.
Providers that participate in MACRA through the Merit Based Incentive Payments System, or MIPS, reimbursement structure will be compensated based on the quality and efficacy of the care they provide. Through this system, providers will receive a composite performance score, which will be derived based on:
1st Provider’s Choice is proud to announce we will be heading to Des Moines, Iowa for the the 2016 Heartland Podiatry Conference. Each year the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society (IPMS) hosts the conference to represent medical and surgical specialists of the foot and ankle. The 2016 conference is taking place from September 28th till October 1st in Des Moines. The conference always features industry leaders, and we’re excited 1st Providers Choice was one of the leaders chosen.read more
There is a demand in the healthcare industry for practices to keep up with the on-the-go lifestyles of their patients while simultaneously communicating the importance of making time for their health. Many healthcare organizations have turned to a patient portal, which is a secure online environment that allows patients to access their medical records and contact with their healthcare providers.
Below we highlight five benefits that both patients and practices can get from using a patient portal: