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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.  

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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Register for Upcoming Webinars on CMS Updated Flexibility on CEHRT Rule and Medicaid Incentive Program Updates

September 3, 2014

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

September 3, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)published a final rule on August 29, 2014 that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use for EHR Incentive Program reporting in 2014. By providing this flexibility, more providers will be able to participate and meet important meaningful use objectives.

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One Thousand Massachusetts Primary Care Providers Adopt Health Record Technology With Support from the Massachusetts eHealth Institute

May 6, 2013

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

The Regional Extension Center (REC), a program of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) has reached the key milestone of successfully helping 1,000 primary health care providers in the Commonwealth achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use of electronic health records, making them eligible

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Massachusetts Recognized as a National Leader in Advancing the Use of Health Information Technology

April 1, 2013

Source: Massachusetts eHealth Institute

Massachusetts has been recognized as a national leader for efforts to enhance the safety and quality of health care by embracing the use of health information technology.

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4,789 Providers In Massachusetts Receive $173,544,908 Under EHR Incentive Programs

June 20, 2012

Source: U.S Department of Health and Human Services

JUNE 19, 2012 - More than 100,000 health care providers have been paid under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.

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