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HITArkansas is now AFMC HealthIT

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The federal funding period for the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) to provide subsidized services to providers as the state’s Regional Extension Center is drawing to a close. During this transition, HITArkansas will change its name to AFMC HealthIT. 

CMS Extended Deadline to March 20 for EPs Participating in PQRS via EHR and QCDR (QRDA III format)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The submission deadlines for the PQRS reporting methods below have been extended to March 20, 2015. All other submission timeframes for other PQRS reporting methods remain the same. The revised submission deadline is March 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET for the following submission methods:

  • EHR Direct or Data Submission Vendor that is certified EHR technology (CEHRT)
  • Qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) (using QRDA III format) reporting for PQRS and the clinical quality measure (CQM) component of meaningful use for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

CMS Announces Intent to Engage in Rulemaking for EHR Incentive Program Changes for 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to engage in rulemaking this spring to help ensure providers continue to meet meaningful use requirements.

In response to input from health care providers and other stakeholders, CMS is considering the following changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs:

  1. Shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days to address provider concerns about their ability to fully deploy 2014 Edition software
  2. Realigning hospital reporting periods to the calendar year to allow eligible hospitals more time to incorporate 2014 Edition software into their workflows and to better align with other quality programs
  3. Modifying other aspects of the programs to match long-term goals, reduce complexity, and lessen providers’ reporting burden

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