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21 January 2020

Mission Statement

Our team is guided by the change in current healthcare reform to transition practices from paper charting to electronic health records.  Physicians’ with their own practices have paper charts and files that pile up and take valuable space.  We strive to eliminate paper charts that may become lost, increase workflow, save time, and money.

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) was enacted to create a nationwide access to electronic health records (EHRs) and to promote health information technology. An incentive program under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was created to progress the implementation of EHRs. In 2013, the program qualifies for up to $39,000 over the span of 5 years with Medicare, and up to $63,750 over the span of 6 years with Medicaid. By 2015, EPs using Medicare incentives will be penalized with pay-cuts of 1% for not adopting a certified EHR, and the percentages of pay-cuts increases by 1% ever year.  As of right now, there is no pay-cut for a physician that has over 30% of Medicaid patients.

In order to receive these incentives, a list of measures called meaningful use, must be completed within a certain time frame.  If an eligible provider (EP) decides to participate in the Medicare program for the first year, only 90 days of reporting records is required.  After successfully achieving meaningful use for the first year, the EP must report for the entire year for every subsequent year. For example, in 2013, after 90 days of reporting, an EP must attest to CMS in order to receive $15,000.  This process usually takes 4-8 weeks to receive payment. From 2014 and beyond, the EP must report for the entire year before attesting.

If an EP decides to participate in the Medicaid program for the first year, they will have to demonstrate that they are using a certified EHR. The second year only requires 90 days of reporting, but every subsequent year requires a full year of reporting.  EPs have until 2016 to receive maximum payment.

Starting in 2013, The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is a reporting program that uses a combination of incentive payments and payment adjustments to promote reporting of quality information by EPs. The program provides an incentive payment to practices with eligible professionals who report data on quality measures provided to Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service (FFS) beneficiaries. Beginning in 2015, the program applies a payment adjustment to EPs who do not report data on quality measures for covered professional services.

                We will work with each practice that is eligible to receive incentive payments and guarantee these incentives without taking any penalties. If the physician does not have the ability to prescribe medication, we will not be able to guarantee Medicare or Medicaid incentives; however, we can still convert their practice from paper to electronic.