NexTech is committed to providing the best EMR software for better patient care. Our EMR is ONC/ATCB certified against the Stage 1 EHR Final Rule criteria, and fully equipped for doctors to demonstrating meaningful use. NexTech was one of the first to test against the final criteria. We believe the combination of being a technology leader working closely with CCHIT, the collection of our certifications: 2011/2012 ONC/ATCB, Comprehensive CCHIT 2011, and our specialty focus will help our clients not just achieve meaningful use, but also provide better patient care.”

- Kamal Majeed, Ph.D., NexTech President and CEO

 

 

What is the EHR Stimulus?

 

Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act (HITECH), federal incentive payments are available to doctors who adopt EHRs and demonstrate meaningful use in ways they can improve quality, safety and effectiveness of care.  Eligible professionals can receive as much as $39,000 over a four-year period through Medicare if they begin attesting in 2013. That number decreases to $24,000 in 2014.

 

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Eligibility

Medicare EHR Incentive Overview

Incentive Payments for Medicare Eligible Professionals

EHR Incentive Program Timeline

NexTech and Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Objectives

eRx - Electronic Prescribing Incetive Program

 

 


 

 

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Eligibility

 

Physicians qualifying under the Medicare provision are eligible for up to $44,000. The total amount that you receive is based on how early you adopt and your Medicare Part B billings. (You must submit Medicare Part B claims to qualify.) You will receive the lesser amount of either 75% of your Medicare Part B charges or $44,000 over a five year period from 2011 to 2015.

 

Medicare EHR Incentive Program – Eligible Professionals (EPs)

Under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, EPs must be one of the following:

  • Doctors of Medicine or Osteopathy
  • Doctors of Dental Surgery or Dental Medicine
  • Doctors of Podiatric Medicine
  • Doctors of Optometry
  • Chiropractors

NOTE: Medicare EPs may not be hospital-based. A Medicare EP is considered hospital-based if 90% or more of the EP's services are performed in a hospital inpatient or emergency room setting.

 

Physicians who are also eligible as a Medicaid EP must choose between the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs when they register.

 

 

 


 

Medicare EHR Incentive Overview

  • Meet certain objectives/measures – 80% of patients must have records in the credited EHR
  • Must report on 20 of the 25 meaningful use objectives.  The final rule divides the requirements into a “core” group of requirements that must be met, plus an additional “menu” of procedures from which providers may choose
  • Reporting period 90 days for the 1st year; one year subsequently
  • A qualifying EP can receive EHR incentive payments for up to five years with payments beginning as early as 2011. In general, the maximum amount of total incentive payments that an EP can receive under the Medicare program is $44,000
  • For the first year for which an EP applies for and receives an incentive payment, the EHR Reporting Period is 90 days for any continuous period beginning and ending within the year. For every year after the first payment year, the EHR reporting period is the entire year
  • A Payment Year equals a Calendar Year (CY). Incentive payments for this program end after 2016
  • EPs who do not successfully demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology will be subject to payment adjustments for their covered professional services beginning in 2015. MA organizations will also be subject to payment adjustments if their affiliated EPs do not demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology beginning in 2015

 


 

Incentive Payments for Medicare Eligible Professionals

 

 

First Calendar Year (CY) for which the Eligible Professional Receives an Incentive Payment

 

 

CY 2011

CY 2012

CY 2013

CY 2014

CY 2015 & later

CY 2011

$18,000

 

 

 

 

CY 2012

$12,000

$18,000

 

 

 

CY 2013

$8,000

$12,000

$15,000

 

 

CY 2014

$4,000

$8,000

$12,000

$12,000

 

CY 2015

$2,000

$4,000

$8,000

$8,000

$0

CY 2016

 

$2,000

$4,000

$4,000

$0

TOTAL

$44,000

$44,000

$39,000

$24,000

$0

 

  • A qualifying EP will receive an incentive payment equal to 75 percent of Medicare allowable charges for covered professional services furnished by the EP in a payment year, subject to maximum payments
  • Payments under Medicare will be disbursed through a single payment contractor to the Tax Identification Number (TIN) provided by the qualifying EP
  • The incentives are based on individual providers. Therefore, if you are part of a practice, each eligible professional may qualify for an incentive payment provided they successfully demonstrate meaningful use. Each EP is only eligible for one incentive payment each year, regardless of how many practices or locations they provide service

 


 

EHR Incentive Program Timeline

 

January 2011

Registration for the EHR Incentive Programs begins

April 2011

Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program begins

May 2011

EHR incentive payments begin

2015

Medicare payment adjustments begin for Eligible Professionals that are not meaningful users of EHR technology

2016

Last year to receive a Medicare EHR incentive payment

 

 Registration:

  1. January 2011 - Register for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program via http://www.cms.gov/EHRincentivePrograms/
  2. Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program begins
  3. EHR incentive payments begin
  4. Medicare payment adjustments begin for Eligible Professionals that are not meaningful users of EHR technology

 


 

NexTech and Meaningful Use

 

This Complete EHR is 2011/2012 compliant and has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC-ATCB, in accordance with the applicable certification criteria for Eligible Providers adopted by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This certification does not represent an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or guarantee the receipt of incentive payments. NexTech Practice 2011 version 9.7 was certified on October 13, 2010 and its certification number is CC-1112-998990-2. The clinical quality measures to which NexTech Practice 2011 has been certified include: NQF 0421, NQF 0013, NQF 0028, NQF 0041, NQF 0024, NQF 0038, NQF 0055, NQF 0056, and NQF 0062. The additional software NexTech Practice 2011 relied upon to demonstrate compliance includes: WinHasher for 170.302(s) and 7-zip for 170.302(u) and 170.302(v).

 


 

Meaningful Use Objectives

 

Eligible Professionals must report on 20 of the 25 meaningful use objectives.  The final rule divides the requirements into a “core” group of requirements that must be met, plus an additional “menu” of procedures from which providers may choose.

 

Meaningful Use: Eligible Professionals - 15 Core Set Objectives 
EPs –15 Core Objectives

  1. Computerized physician order entry (CPOE)
  2. E-Prescribing (eRx)
  3. Report ambulatory clinical quality measures to CMS/States
  4. Implement one clinical decision support rule
  5. Provide patients with an electronic copy of their health information, upon request
  6. Provide clinical summaries for patients for each office visit
  7. Drug-drug and drug-allergy interaction checks
  8. Record demographics
  9. Maintain an up-to-date problem list of current and active diagnoses
  10. Maintain active medication list
  11. Maintain active medication allergy list
  12. Record and chart changes in vital signs
  13. Record smoking status for patients 13 years or older
  14. Capability to exchange key clinical information among providers of care and patient-authorized entities electronically
  15. Protect electronic health information 

 

Meaningful Use: Eligible Professionals - 10 Menu Set Objectives* 

  1. Drug-formulary checks
  2. Incorporate clinical lab test results as structured data
  3. Generate lists of patients by specific conditions
  4. Send reminders to patients per patient preference for preventive/follow up care
  5. Provide patients with timely electronic access to their health information
  6. Use certified EHR technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide to patient, if appropriate
  7. Medication reconciliation
  8. Summary of care record for each transition of care/referrals
  9. Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries/systems*
  10. Capability to provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies*

*At least 1 public health objective must be selected

 


 

eRx - Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program

 

If an Eligible Professional chooses to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, they cannot participate in the Medicare eRx Incentive Program simultaneously in the same program year.  

 

 


 

 

Click Here for the Official Web Site for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program