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Stay informed on important updates regarding Health IT in Massachusetts by frequently checking this page. We will routinely post announcements on program updates, new and revised regulations, deadlines and extensions, and other relevant notices.  

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

August 5, 2016

Source: MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

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.

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Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists Are Now Eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

July 27, 2016

Source: MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

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.

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2016 PQRS GPRO Registration is Now Open

April 4, 2016

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Groups can register to participate in the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Reporting Option (GPRO) via the Physician Value - Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) Registration System.

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EOHHS Public Stakeholder Sessions (MassHealth Payment Reform)

March 1, 2016

Source: MassHealth.Innovations (EHS)

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is hosting a series of public stakeholder sessions as a follow-up to the stakeholder engagement kick-off meeting on April 6, 2015.

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CMS Extends the Attestation Deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to March 11, 2016

February 11, 2016

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET, from the original deadline of Monday, February 29.

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CMS Announces Submission Timeframes for 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Data

January 19, 2016

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2015 PQRS data submission timeframes:

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Now Accepting Applications: The Nick Littlefield Award for Excellence in Community Health

January 5, 2016

Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation is pleased to announce the inaugural Nick Littlefield Award for Excellence in Community Health. The 2016 award will focus on health care providers and community-based organizations that serve children under the age of 18. Applications are due no later than Friday, January 15, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

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New Guidance for EPs Reporting the Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c (CMS122v3) Measure for Program Year 2015

December 31, 2015

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Due to an error found in the logic, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing guidance relating to measure CMS122 (Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c Poor Control) included in the 2014 measure set for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals. Version CMS122v3 of the measure was posted on CMS’s website on May 30, 2014. A subsequent posting of this measure in 2015 (CMS122v4) resolved this issue for the 2016 program year.

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EHR Incentive Program Attestation Timelines for Medicare & Medicaid

December 18, 2015

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

Program timelines for the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for attestation along with other document deadlines.

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