A new Security Risk Assessment (SRA) tool has been released by HHS to help small to medium sized health care providers conduct risk assessment of their organization.

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The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be June 18-20, 2014 in Grand Forks, ND.  The NDHIN will be having a booth at the conference.  Follow this link for more information.

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CMS is giving providers another year to show they’ve met the Stage 2 Criteria.  The start of the next phase will be pushed back a year.  To read more, follow this link.

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Last week, CMS and ONC announced the intent to change the Stage 3 timeline and extend Stage 2 of meaningful use through 2016.

Important to note about the proposed timeline

  • It does not delay the start of Stage 2 of meaningful use.
  • It does not affect the current reporting periods and deadlines for 2014 participation.

What this Means for You
If you begin participation with your first year of Stage 1 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014:

  • You must begin your 90 days of Stage 1 of meaningful use no later than July 1, 2014 and submit attestation by October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the 2015 payment adjustment.

If you have completed 1 year of Stage 1 of meaningful use:

  • You will demonstrate a second year of Stage 1 of meaningful use in 2014 for a three-month reporting period fixed to the quarter for Medicare or any 90 days for Medicaid.
  • You will demonstrate Stage 2 of meaningful use for two years (2015 and 2016).
  • You will begin Stage 3 of meaningful use in 2017.

If you have completed two or more years of Stage 1 of meaningful use:

  • You will still demonstrate Stage 2 of meaningful use in 2014 for a three-month reporting period fixed to the quarter for Medicare or any 90 days for Medicaid.
  • You will demonstrate Stage 2 of meaningful use for three years (2014, 2015 and 2016).
  • You will begin Stage 3 of meaningful use in 2017.

Please be sure to look for additional guidance in the Federal Register for rulemaking on this proposal.

For More Information
Make sure to visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.

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Register today for the 2013 eHealth/HIMSS Summit!!!

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Reach launched a web portal to help care teams effectively engage patients.  There are resources, tools, templates, videos, blogs and links to best practices in patient engagement. This is available to all providers, not only REACH clinics and hospital.  To read more, click here .

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Last year a nationwide challenge was issued to see if 1000 critical access hospitals and small rural hospitals could get Meaningful Use by 2014.

As of July 31, 2013 the goal was passed.  Learn more on this topic by clicking here.

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The Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH) – as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve health care – is joining approximately 200 public and private sector organizations to participate in the 8th Annual National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013).  To see the full artic click here.

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CMS has released a new resource, An Eligible Professional’s Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs,
which provides a comprehensive overview of Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs to eligible
professionals. The guide outlines criteria for Stage 2 meaningful use, 2014 clinical quality measure reporting, and 2014 EHR certification.

The guide’s table of contents makes it easy for you to navigate through Stage 2 topics. Interactive tabs included at the bottom of each page
allow you to transition between different chapters.

Chapters include:

  • What is Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs?
    What are the requirements under Stage 2 of Meaningful  Use?
    How will clinical quality measures (CQMs) change?
  • The guide can be found on the Educational Resources page of the EHR website.


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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
EHR Incentive Program – Stage 2 Webinar
Wednesday, September 11, 12:00 CDT/11:00 MDT

  • This EHR webinar will be focussed on EHR Incertive Payment Program – Stage 2 for Eligiblew Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs).  These requirements will be effective in 2014.

    Stage 2 Overview – Kathleen Connors DeLaguna, CMS
    eHealth Update – Robert Anthony, CMS
    Q & A Session

What You Need To Do Now
1. Register for the webinar at: http://cmstriregionalstage2.eventbrite.com .  You will receive an appointment which will include information on how to connect to the live
webinar on 9/11/13.  Be sure to click on the add to my calendar link.

2. Submit your Stage 2 questions to Adra Mayberry at adra.mayberry@cms.hhs.gov by COB September 6th.  Please use “Sept 11 EHR Webinar” in the subject line of your email.

Stage 2 Resources



What You Need To Do On September 11th

Join the live webinar by following the instructions in the Eventbrite appointment that will be emailed to you following registration.  We have 500 lines available on
a first-come first-served basis. If several people are calling from one location please use one line if possible.

Presentation materials will be available for viewing upon your entrance into the webinar.

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