Greetings to all of our Azalea Health Innovations friends and thank you for reading this month’s newsletter. Spring is in full swing, which makes May perfect for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Check out the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website for common allergies and diseases to be aware of during this peak season for allergy sufferers.
Billing Tip: Registering for Medicare and/or Medicaid Programs
After determining your eligibility for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, you should then register as early as possible for the Medicare and/or Medicaid program. CMS’ EHR Information Center is open to assist the EHR provider community with registration and other program-related inquiries.
Here are a few of the Information Center’s most frequently asked questions about registration:
Question: What information should I have ready before I begin the registration process?
Answer: When you register, you will need:
If you are registering as an eligible hospital or Medicare eligible professional, you will need an approved enrollment record in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS). Medicaid eligible professionals are not required to be enrolled in PECOS.
If you do not have a record in PECOS, you should still register for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. (Please note –your eligible hospital or Medicare eligible professional registration status will remain in an “issue pending” status until you have an active enrollment record in PECOS.)
A National Provider Identifier (NPI)
A National Plan and Provider Enumeration System Identity and Access Management ID and password for the individual provider
A Payee Tax Identification Number (if you are re-assigning your benefits)
A Payee NPI (if you are re-assigning your benefits)
Question: Which option do I select when registering on behalf of an eligible professional in the Identity and Access Management System?
Answer: Click on “You are requesting to act on behalf of an individual provider.”
Question: How can I check my registration status in the Registration and Attestation System?
Answer: Log in to the Registration and Attestation System and click the Status tab to view your registration information.
Question: How do I re-submit my registration?
Answer: To re-submit a registration, you will need to:
Login to the EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System;
Navigate to the Registration tab;
Select the Modify action for the registration;
Select the Personal Information registration topic; and
Save the updated payee information and submit the registration.
The center can be reached at 1-888-734-6433 (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number) from 7:30am-6:30pm CT Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.
Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs? Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.
The U.S. e-Prescription Systems Market to Reach US $205 Million by 2017
E-prescription systems enable physicians to increase efficiency of their clinical workflow, and improve patient care management. Streamlined communication results in the reduction in the exchange of clarification and refill calls between physicians and pharmacies as well as facilitates achievement of operational efficiency. The integration of e-prescription systems with patients’ electronic medical records will aid physicians in making more informed decisions in prescribing medications based on a patient’s drug-drug or drug-allergy interactions. Governments and federal agencies are beginning to realize the significance of e-prescribing in bringing about substantial cost savings, and improving patient safety in terms of reducing unwarranted complications occurring due to illegible and erroneous prescriptions.
While benefits of e-prescription systems are evident, certain challenges still persist that need to be addressed for the successful adoption of e-prescription technology. These issues are expected to have a profound effect on the market growth in future, and may switch from traditional paper-based system to e-prescribing systems. Elimination of these industry barriers would assure a broader usage of e-prescribing technology.
The report, originally written by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides annual sales estimates and projections for E-Prescription Systems market for the years 2009 through 2017 for the US and Europe. Key segments analyzed include Integrated e-Prescription Systems and Stand-alone e-Prescription Systems. The report also analyzes the adoption of e-prescription systems by Hospital practice and General practice.
For full article by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. click here.
IT Seen as Critical to Population Health
With the potential of healthcare reform and other efforts to increase quality and efficiency of care, many providers are seeing the importance of information technology and are setting a primary focus on population health management.
In order to make the transition to accountable care from fee-for-service reimbursements, providers will need to automate daily tasks. Waco Hoover, CEO of the Institute for Health Technology Transformation says of provider organizations, “They must not only care for the sick, but also strive to keep their patient populations healthy. Information technology is the key to doing this cost efficiently, and automation can enable care teams to identify and work with the patients who truly need their help.”
Today, healthcare providers have a number of new tools at their disposal, such as electronic health records and health information exchanges that can aid them in the effective management of their population, thus keeping their patients as healthy as possible. Richard Hodach, MD, adds that, “By using technology to identify subpopulations and patients who are at risk, to reach out to those patients, and to automate care management, healthcare providers can provide optimal preventive and chronic care to their patient populations.”
For full article by Healthcare IT News click here.
AHI will be exhibiting Azalea Labhub℠ at the CLMA ThinkLab’12 – Clinical Laboratory Management Association. The event is being held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA on April 29 – May 2, 2012.
AHI will be exhibiting at the Annual Meeting and Scientific Assembly held by the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians in Destin, Florida on June 21-23, 2012
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