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Per multiple requests from our users and colleagues, we are pleased to invite you to an encore session of our Medicare Chronic Care Management (CCM) webinar.

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This is a repeat of the November 18, 2015 working session, and details are below.

Webinar: Chronic Care Management - Let's just do it...
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5pm EDT

The new Medicare chronic care management (CCM) service - CPT 99490 - has been portrayed as a difficult and complex task, perhaps too difficult and complex to bother...

We beg to differ...

Join us for a working session where we build a step-by-step, detailed plan for you to bill for services you already provide for free....

This webinar is suitable for all practices, but is especially important for:

  • Small primary care practices
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)*
  • Community health centers (FQHC)*

* RHC and FQHC can bill for Medicare CCM starting January 1st 2016

The webinar is FREE and open to the public. Register today, and feel free to forward to colleagues who may benefit.

Thank you, and we hope you can join us for an informal session chockfull of useful advice and information for your practice.


Immunizations 411 Webinar - Recommended Vaccinations for the High Risk Adult Patient

Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:00 pm CST

This presentation will focus on vaccinations that are recommended for adults who have medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, immunosuppressive disorders, and cancer as well as other medical conditions that make adults more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases and which vaccines are indicated with the population.

Presenter: David Kim, M.D., Deputy Associate Director for Adult Immunizations, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

To join: https://mohealth.webex.com/mw3000/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=mohealth


EHR Incentive Programs: Where We Go Next (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

As we mentioned in a speech last week, the Administration is working on an important transition for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. We have been working side by side with physician organizations and have listened to the needs and concerns of many about how... (more)


CMS to End Meaningful Use in 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it will be ending the "meaningful use" EHR Incentive Program in 2016.

The announcement-delivered by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in a speech at a J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday-follows months of requests from physician and other health stakeholder groups to slow the program down and loosen its requirements.

CMS had announced stage 3 meaningful use guidelines in October which followed a series of proposed changes to the program, including payment adjustments and the creation of hardship exemptions.

In remarks at the J.P. Morgan conference and on Twitter, Slavitt said further specifics on exactly what will replace meaningful use will be forthcoming, though it will be tied to the implementation of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and include streamlining various quality reporting programs.

What remains to be seen, however, is whether CMS will still penalize eligible providers for not meeting stage 1 meaningful use requirements, or whether eligible providers should even bother continuing to track their progress on the meaningful use measures for reporting this year. Albright declined to respond to those questions at press time.


CMS seeks public comment on HIT and EHR products

Hardship Exemption from 2015 Meaningful Use Penalties


CMS Releases Final Meaningful Use Program Rules

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Patients First Health Care: Electronic Health Records in Action

This case study examines Patients First Health Care's approach to implementing a patient portal and engaging with "patients as partners," a philosophical underpinning of the practice.

MHA Hosts Third Annual Meaningful Use Symposium

April 5, 2012 - Health care providers across the nation are now able to review the proposed Stage 2 meaningful use criteria from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and learn how it will impact them as the meaningful use of electronic health records moves ahead. More importantly, the public comment period is open until May 7, 2012, and now is the time for providers to fully understand this future stage, reflect on this proposed rule, and make public comment on it. Read more »

"Buying an EHR": EHR JumpStart Webinar April 19th

March 27, 2012 - You've found an electronic health record (EHR) you like and that fits the needs of your practice, now you're ready to buy. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you're getting exactly what you need and with terms you understand and like. Margalit Gur-Arie sits down with providers at noon on Thursday, April 19th to go over those little details that can conveniently get lost in jargon and small print, but resurface later as big problems that can cost you more money. Read more »

Missouri Health Professionals & Hospitals Receive $79 Million in EHR Incentive Payments; MO HIT Assistance Center Helps Providers Qualify for Meaningful Use and EHR Incentives

March 16, 2012 - As part of a nationwide transformation to an electronically enabled health care system, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program has issued millions in incentive payments to eligible health care providers, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These clinicians are working to improve patient care through meaningful use of EHRs. Read more »

"EHRJumpStart" Webinar for March: "Selecting an EHR"

March 2, 2012 - Our very popular "EHR JumpStart" Webinar series continues this month with the topic "Selecting an EHR" at noon on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Margalit Gur-Arie, founding partner, EHR Pathway, a Missouri Health Information Technology Assistance Center Partner, will show you how to narrow the field of hundreds of EHR products to find just the right one to fit your needs and budget. Margalit will talk about:

   Your goals
   Your constraints
   Your requirements Read more »

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EHR Success Stories

Here's a recap of some of the highlights in 2015! Read a holiday message from MU Health CEO & COO Mitch Wasden:

The devastating tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri on May 22 completely destroyed a number of physician offices, including that of Tracy Godfrey, MD, a Family Practitioner with the Family Health Center of Joplin. But thanks to electronic health records, Godfrey had access to all of her patients' information, and in less than three days after the catastrophe, the practice was able to reopen its doors at a temporary location. More EHR Success Stories