Check Your EHR Settings by Oct. 1
By David Doolittle

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Tuesday is Oct. 1, so if you participate in Medicaid and/or Medicare incentive payment programs, hopefully you’ve already upgraded to the 2015 certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT).

But before you pat yourself on the back for meeting the minimum requirements for the Promoting Interoperability category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), you might want to be sure you haven’t inadvertently turned off any of the settings or options within your electronic health record (EHR).

Accidental changes to your EHR’s functionality could prevent you from achieving the objectives and measures required under MIPS, which could hurt your Medicare payments in 2021.

Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use, and after that called Advancing Care Information) is one of four MIPS performance categories that affect a physician’s future Medicare payments. The others are Quality, Cost, and Care Improvement Activities.

At minimum, the Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities categories require a continuous 90-day reporting period, so be sure you’re using the 2015 CEHRT correctly by Oct. 1 – about 90 days before year’s end.

But that’s not all. In addition to submitting measures, clinicians must attest to:

If you still have questions about whether you’re using the upgraded CEHRT correctly, contact the TMA HIT Helpline by email, or at (800) 880-5720.

In addition, TMA’s practice management consultants can provide customized on-site assistance to help your practice implement or transition to the upgraded EHR. They also can help guide you through successful reporting through MIPS and educate staff on the purpose, process, and potential outcomes of taking part in the quality reporting system.

TMA Practice Consulting provides services to TMA members at below-market rates. For more information, contact TMA Practice Consulting at (800) 523-8776 or via email.

Last Updated On

October 01, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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