2011 Medicare eRx Incentive Program changes – time to implement an EHR?

CMS has released the final rule for changes to the 2011 Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. Without these changes, eligible professionals who did not meet the electronic prescribing requirements in 2011 would be subject to a 1% payment adjustment for 2012.

The three main changes for the 2011 eRx Incentive Program include:

1. Allowing the use of Certified EHR Technology to report for the 2011 eRx incentive

2. Additional hardship exemptions for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment

3. Deadline extension to request a hardship exemption for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment to November 1, 2011

One of the additional hardship exemptions includes if an eligible professional adopts a certified EHR and registers for the 2011 Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

Signing up for a free Mitochon Systems account and registering for the 2011 Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program provides an eligible professional the ability to qualify for the 2011 MU ARRA incentives $ and/or meet the hardship exemption for the 2012 eRx payment adjustment.

Changes are effective October 6, 2011 and eligible professionals can submit hardship exemption requests immediately and up until November 1, 2011 at the CMS Provider website

For more information, please contact us:

Email: info@mitochonsystems.com

Phone: 877 817 0902

Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs

Dr Halamka writes a great piece in The Health Care Blog on the Healthcare Information Exchange in Massachusetts and how embracing Steve Job’s 5-point plan can help drive HIE initiatives.

As in Massachusetts, we’re a “New Product Paradigm” and have enabled “connectivity from every stakeholder to every stakeholder” including the ability to manage the “unconscious in the emergency room” use case.

Andre Vovan MD – Founder/CMO Mitochon Systems
Simple, Seamless, Secure Exchange of Health Care Information

Budget Control Act of 2011 and EHR Incentives

One of the key elements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 is a $1.2 trillion deficit reduction bill by November 23 2011. Should the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”) and Congress fail to pass a bill by December 23 2011, mandatory cuts would occur to both mandatory and discretionary spending from 2013 to 2021.

The impact on the incentive program is unknown at this point and the uncertainty may expedite the adoption of EHRs in 2011 for providers that can implement quickly and still meet 2011 meaningful use criteria.

Roberta Mullin writes an informative overview in HITECH Answers Will HITECH Act EHR Incentives Be Cut. Another good read is HIMSS’s “Super Committee” on the Deficit and Potential Implications for Health IT