MeHI Newsletter
EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATES
New! Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCNS) Are Now Eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

The  Massachusetts Medicaid EHR Incentive Program recently received approval from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that  Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCNS) will now be eligible to participate in the incentive program as  Eligible Professionals (EPs). The inclusion of PCNS makes the EHR incentives more widely available to the Behavioral Health sector.

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program provides financial incentives to Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) and demonstrate  Meaningful Use (MU) of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology ( CEHRT).

Alert Program Year 2016 is the last year EPs, including PCNS, can initiate program participation. Therefore, in order to receive any incentives, PCNS must start participating in 2016. PCNS who join this program year can earn incentives for up to 6 years.

To participate, interested PCNS will need to register and then attest to either AIU or Meaningful Use in Program Year 2016:
  • PCNS can start Program Year 2016 attestation on August 15, 2016. The deadline to complete the attestation is March 31, 2017.
MeHI is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to assist PCNS and their organizations in understanding the incentive program requirements. The following topics will be discussed in detail: 
  • Registration & Special Enrollment for PCNS
  • Patient Volume Threshold (PVT) Requirements
  • Adopt, Implement & Upgrade (AIU) to Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)
Organizations that already participate in the program only need to get acquainted with the registration and Special Enrollment for PCNS, and are advised to attend at least the first webinar.

Organizations new to the program need to become acquainted with the AIU, MU and PVT requirements, registration, Special Enrollment, and attestation. They are advised to attend all webinars.


WEBINARS
PCNS - Registration & Special Enrollment
How to initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

Date: Mon., Aug. 1st

Time: 
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Register    
PCNS - Patient Volume Threshold
How to calculate my patient volume threshold?

Date: Tues., Aug. 2nd

Time:
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Register    
PCNS - Adopt, Implement, Upgrade to Certified EHR Technology
What are the next steps to either Adopt, Implement or Upgrade to a CEHRT?

Date: Wed., Aug. 3rd

Time:
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Register   
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PCNS - Registration and Special Enrollment
How to initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?
Monday, August 1st | 12:00 PM | Register

PCNS - Patient Volume Threshold (PVT)
How to calculate my patient volume threshold?
Tuesday, August 2nd | 12:00 PM | Register

PCNS - Adopt, Implement, Upgrade to Certified EHR Technology
What are the next steps to either Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade to a CEHRT?
Wednesday, August 3rd | 12:00 PM |  Register

Modified Stage 2 Objectives Webinar Recordings Are Available

This month, MeHI hosted a series of webinars to provide guidance for achieving the various Meaningful Use objectives under Modified Stage 2. The following webinar recordings and presentation slides are accessible via the Education section of our website:

Program Year 2016 is the Final Opportunity to Initiate Participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Don't miss out on incentives! Program Year 2016 is the final year that an organization can initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Once a provider or organization has made the initial step, they can earn incentives for up to 6 years.

The deadline to initiate participation for Program Year 2016 is March 31st, 2017. 

MeHI has tools and resources available to help you in the process:

Start collecting data now in order to attest by March 2017.

 

For program assistance call 1-855-MassEHR or email massEHR@masstech.org.

CMS Proposed Rule on 90-Day EHR Reporting Period in 2016

CMS is proposing a 90-Day EHR reporting period in 2016 for all Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals. The agency has stated that the change would further assist healthcare providers by increasing flexibility in the program. The EHR reporting period would be any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. 

Keep in mind this is a proposal. We recommend that you still prepare for a 365-day reporting period until the proposed rule becomes final.

PROGRAM YEAR 2015 DEADLINES
MU Dates Meaningful Use table timeline
PROGRAM YEAR 2016 DEADLINES

eHEALTH INDUSTRY NEWS
ONC Posts New Resources to Promote and Support Emergency Medical Services Usage of Health Information Exchange
Health Information Exchange and other Health IT tools can significantly improve the pace and efficiency of EMS providers relaying vital patient data to hospitals and emergency care departments. This patient data can prove advantageous when shared prior to a patient's arrival, provide decision-making support during evaluation and treatment and contribute to care coordination as the patient transitions to the next care setting.

These two ONC documents are intended to bring an awareness and understanding to the importance of health information exchange between providers, specifically between Emergency Medical Services and Hospital Emergency Departments:
In Massachusetts, two use cases funded through MeHI's  HIway Implementation Grant program highlight the benefits of HIE. EasCare Ambulance Service LLC worked with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless to use HIE to make smoother transitions and a group of Merrimack Valley providers collaborated on a Health IT project to improve patient care coordination after emergency room visits .

MeHI has developed Use Case Toolkits to help providers develop HIE projects like these.
INDUSTRY EVENTS



2016 MIT Digital Health Conference
Advances in digital technology have transformed fundamental understandings of health today. From the emergence of mobile computing, wearables, and the quantified self to the rise of genomics, personalized medicine, and ever-expanding collections of patient and population data, disruptions to traditional models of service, management, and research have created opportunities for innovation in every facet of the modern health industry. 

The  MIT Digital Health Conference will present leading-edge developments with an emphasis on analytics and translation toward commercialization, exploring strategies for leveraging rapidly evolving technologies to optimize outcomes for individuals, companies, and society.

When:
Wednesday, September 7th - Thursday, September 8th

Where:
Media Lab, Building E14
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

WPI's Healthcare Delivery Institute Presents

The Digital Health and IoT Journey
 On the Road to Personalized Medicine & Better Health

Goals of this forum:
  • For participants to inform and foster a dialog around digital health and Internet of Things (IoT) innovations, including how these technologies allow for new ways of delivering and improving care for healthcare consumers; and
     
  • For industry (technology companies, healthcare providers, other organizations focused on the healthcare industry) and WPI researchers (faculty and students) to showcase their innovations to help foster dialog and potential collaborations that could lead to commercialization.
When:
Monday, September 12th

Schedule:
8:15 -  8:45 am     Registration & Coffee
8:45 -  3:00 pm     Program, Networking, Demos and Lunch

Where:
WPI Rubin Campus Center
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609

Sponsorship or Demo Space:
If you would like to be a sponsor or demo your product/technology, please contact wpihdi@wpi.edu.