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CMS Issues Guidance to States for Medicaid Health IT Projects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have provided state Medicaid directors with the federal government’s expectations while implementing the medical portion of the EMR incentive program. According to the incentive program, the eligible physician fulfilling the criteria of “meaningful use” will be provided with the full cost of Medicaid bonuses and 90% of the

Quality 101: A Guide to Quality Reporting by HIMSS

Quality and quality reporting are always referred to as the key elements in EMR incentives for meaningful use. HIMSS therefore has launched an online resource, called “Quality 101”, in order to assist the providers and vendors in better understanding the details behind these imperatives. The Patient Safety & Quality Outcomes Committee of HIMSS developed this

ONC Names the Initial EMR Certification Bodies

The Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology (ONC) has announced the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), Chicago, Ill. and the Drummond Group Inc. (DGI), Austin, Texas, as the first technology review bodies which have been approved to examine and certify electronic medical record (EMR) systems for conformity with certification criteria that

Reduce Your No-Shows With Our Automated Appointment Reminder Calls

Experiencing patient no-show problems? An automated appointment reminder service is the perfect solution for your practice enhancement. When patients fail to show up for an appointment, it costs your practice a lot of money; for every missed appointment you lose a small part of your income, and in the end that adds up. Many practices

CMS Determined To Simplify Collections Of “Meaningful Use” Incentives For Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the expansion of its Medicare Provider Enrollment system.  The expansion will make it easier for physicians and medical practices to register for Medicare and take advantage of the “meaningful use” incentives offered under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act).

MTBC Presents Webinar on “Understanding the Final Rule on ‘Meaningful Use’ of EHRs”

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “Understanding the Final Rule on ‘Meaningful Use’ of EHRs.”  The hour-long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC.  Mr. Chebli provided a comprehensive breakdown of the final “meaningful use” requirements as defined by the Health Information Technology

Meaningful Use Incentive Payments Due To Begin In May 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin issuing the first of the “meaningful use” incentive payments available under the HITECH Act in May 2011, according to a senior CMS official. Karen Trudel, Deputy Director for CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards & Services, told Healthcare IT News that registration will open in January 2011. 

Medicare Part D ‘Donut Hole’ To Be Closed By 2020

Under the current Medicare regime, seniors enrolled in the Medicare Part D drug plan for 2010 are not only required to pay a $310 deductible, they must also pay 25% of their drug costs until the total reaches $2,830 for the year.  After that, Medicare recipients are liable for drug costs until their yearly out-of-pocket

MTBC Offers a Trip to Disney World for New Client Referrals

Another great news, mtbc has announced an exciting new offer in connection with its client referral program.  Any MTBC clients who refer 3 of their colleagues before Labor Day will receive a trip for 2 to Disney World, in addition to the usual $500 bonus already provided for each referral!* How It Works You refer

DEA Establishes Final Rule on E-Prescribing of Controlled Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced its interim final rule for electronic prescribing of controlled substances. The rule became effective on June 1, 2010, and it may be amended in the future depending on public comment. Pharmacy organizations have been working with the DEA for more than a decade to draft rules for electronic