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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


MO Provider Meaningful Use Survey

The Missouri HIT Assistance Center and Missouri Health Connection (MHC) are partnering on an online statewide provider survey. Please take a few minutes to fill this out and complete by May 31, 2012. Read more »

ONC's New Guide on Health Information, Privacy and Security and Meaningful Use

ONC's Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) recently released a "Guide to Privacy and Security of Health Information,"* an instructional guide designed to help healthcare practitioners, staff, and other professionals better understand the important role privacy and security play in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) and Meaningful Use. Read more »

MSMA Training Opportunity: Patient Centered Medical Home, May 2012

Patient Centered Medical Home: Leading to the Future

May 12 - St. Luke's Hospital Emerson Auditorium, 224 S. Woods Mill Road, Chesterfield, MO
May 19 - National WWI Museum Auditorium, 100 West 26 Street, Kansas City, MO
Both sessions will be 8 am - 12 pm. Read more »

HHS settles case with Phoenix Cardiac Surgery for lack of HIPAA safeguards

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients.

The settlement with the physician practice follows an extensive investigation by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. Read more »

"Implementing an EHR": EHR JumpStart Webinar May 17th

April 19, 2012 - Health care providers have heard EHR horror stories and that is why so many fear the dreaded implementation stage of an EHR. But over the past year, providers who develop and follow a plan, and take advantage of the new resources and support to ease their EHR transition are finding the implementation process to be much better than they expected. Read more »

CMS to Host EHR Incentive Program Basics Webinars

April 11, 2012 - In less than one year, health care providers nationwide have been adopting and achieving meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) and have received over $3.8 billion in Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentives, and nearly $80 million of that money has been collected by Missouri providers, alone. If you are not one of those providers, but would like to also take advantage of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, there is no better time like the present to begin that process. 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