Health Information Technology (HIT) Resources for Practice
AHRQ Toolsets Available to Help Implement E-Prescribing
(Posted 6/08/12) Two toolsets, one for healthcare providers in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, to support e-prescribing implementation have been released by AHRQ. The toolsets offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching an e-prescribing system. They include advice on topics ranging from planning the implementation process, launching the system, troubleshooting common problems, and navigating into more advanced practice and pharmacy services. Click here to access the toolsets and supporting tools.
2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive (eRx) Educational Resources are Now Available!
(Posted 7/6/11) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that two new educational resources on the 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program are now available on the CMS website.
1. 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program Made Simple Fact Sheet - This fact sheet provides step-by-step advice for participating in the 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.
2. 2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Made Simple Quick Reference Chart - This resource provides a quick reference to assist with participating in the 2011 Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program.
To access all available Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program educational resources, please visit www.cms.gov/ERxIncentive on the CMS website and click on the Educational Resources tab. Once on the Educational Resources page, scroll down to the “Downloads” section select the publication title.
2011 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program Reminder-Avoiding the Adjustment
(Posted 2/22/11) In November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that, beginning in calendar year 2012, eligible professionals who are not successful electronic prescribers based on claims submitted between January 1, 2011 – June 30, 2011, may be subject to a payment adjustment on their Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) covered professional services. Section 132 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) authorizes CMS to apply this payment adjustment whether or not the eligible professional is planning to participate in the eRx Incentive Program.
From 2012 through 2014, the payment adjustment will increase each calendar year. In 2012, the payment adjustment for not being a successful electronic prescriber will result in an eligible professional or group practice receiving 99% of their Medicare Part B PFS amount that would otherwise apply to such services. In 2013, an eligible professional or group practice will receive 98.5% of their Medicare Part B PFS covered professional services for not being a successful electronic prescriber in 2011 or as defined in a future regulation. In 2014, the payment adjustment for not being a successful electronic prescriber is 2%, resulting in an eligible professional or group practice receiving 98% of their Medicare Part B PFS covered professional services.
The payment adjustment does not apply if <10% of an eligible professional’s (or group practice’s) allowed charges for the January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011 reporting period are comprised of codes in the denominator of the 2011 eRx measure.
Please note that earning an eRx incentive for 2011 will NOT necessarily exempt an eligible professional or group practice from the payment adjustment in 2012.
How to Avoid the 2012 eRx Payment Adjustment
· Eligible professionals – An eligible professional can avoid the 2012 eRx Payment Adjustment if (s)he:
- Is not a physician (MD, DO, or podiatrist), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant as of Jun 30, 2011 based on primary taxonomy code in NPPES;
- Does not have prescribing privileges. Note: (S)he must report (G8644) at least one time on an eligible claim prior to June 30, 2011;
- Does not have at least 100 cases containing an encounter code in the measure denominator;
- Becomes a successful e-prescriber; and
- Reports the eRx measure for at least 10 unique eRx events for patients in the denominator of the measure.
· Group Practices - For group practices that are participating in eRx GPRO I or GPRO II during 2011, the group practice MUST become a successful e-prescriber.
- Depending on the group’s size, the group practice must report the eRx measure for 75-2,500 unique eRx events for patients in the denominator of the measure.
Medicare's E-Prescribing Incentive for NPs
(Posted 6/30/09) A new law offers financial incentives for implementing e-prescribing. Click here to read the article published in ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners on June 22, 2009.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Resources
AHRQ, CMS Unveil New Children’s Electronic Health Record Format
The benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) may become more widely available to children through a model EHR format for children’s health care, AHRQ and CMS announced on February 6. While the growing use of EHRs is shown to improve the quality and safety of health care, many existing systems are not tailored to capture or process information about children. The new format includes recommendations for child-specific data elements such as vaccines and functionality that will enable EHR developers to broaden their products. The children’s EHR format was authorized by the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) and developed by AHRQ and CMS. The format is designed for EHR developers and providers who wish to augment existing systems or to build new systems that include children’s services. Select to read details from the AHRQ press release. Select for more information about the children’s EHR format. Select for more information about Medicaid and CHIP.
Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
Make sure to visit the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs. The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Bookmark this site and visit http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/ often to learn about who is eligible for the programs, how to register, meaningful use, upcoming EHR training and events, and much more!
Technology Informatics Guiding Educational Reform (TIGER)
The TIGER Initiative aims to enable practicing nurses and nursing students to fully engage in the unfolding digital electronic era in healthcare. The purpose of the initiative is to identify information/knowledge management best practices and effective technology capabilities for nurses. TIGER's goal is to create and disseminate action plans that can be duplicated within nursing and other multidisciplinary healthcare training and workplace settings.
Learn more about TIGER.
To participate in the TIGER National Healthcare IT Wiki, click here.