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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.  

New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals: March 20, 2015

February 25, 2015

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

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Eligible Professional 2014 Attestation Deadline on February 28; Prepare for Attestation

February 6, 2015

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

If you are an eligible professional participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during your EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year.

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Clinical Quality Measure (CQM) Reporting: Zero Denominator

January 20, 2015

Source: CMS Medicaid HITECH Team

In response to requests for clarification on the requirements for reporting CQMs using 2014 Edition CEHRT, CMS has issued the following guidance.

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CMS Announces Submission Timeframes for 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Data

January 15, 2015

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the 2014 PQRS data submission timeframes:

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Hospitals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2015 to Earn Incentives

January 14, 2015

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Not participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program yet? 2015 is the last year for eligible hospitals to begin and still earn incentive payments.

To earn a 2015 incentive payment and avoid a 2016 payment adjustment, first-time participants should:

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UPDATE! Physician Licensure EHR Proficiency Final Regulations Official Jan. 2, 2015

December 31, 2014

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

The Board of Registration in Medicine (BORIM) has posted on its website that the EHR proficiency revised regulations will become effective as of Friday, January 2, 2015.  Physician initial and renewal

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Requirements for Summary of Care Objective under the CEHRT Flexibility Rule for Medicare & Medicaid

December 19, 2014

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

If a provider is at Stage 2 in 2014, and wishes to take advantage of the limited exception allowed under the Flexibility Rule for Measure 2 of the Summary of Care Objective. The following conditions apply for both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:

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New Guidance on Security Risk Analysis for Meaningful Use Requirements

December 19, 2014

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

On December 3, 2014 CMS issued new guidance for when to complete a security risk analysis as required to meet the Meaningful Use requirements. This guidance noted that a Security Risk Analysis needs to be conducted or reviewed during each program year for Stage 1 and Stage 2.

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Coming to a Community Near You - Connected Communities Program

December 15, 2014

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

Over the past few months, MeHI eHealth Community Managers have been traveling all over Massachusetts meeting with healthcare professionals to conduct Health IT needs assessments.

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Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment Due November 30, 2014

November 21, 2014

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

November 21, 2014 - CMS reopened the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The deadline is 11:59 PM EST November 30, 2014.

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