Once again North Dakota moved up substantially in the ranking for E-Prescribing Adoption and Use.  In 2012, we were ranked number 15 and in 2013, we moved up to number 6.  See more details.

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View the Facts sheet on how North Dakota Providers’ utilize Health Information Technology.

 

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 Reach (Regional Extension Assistance Center for Health Information Technology) will be hosting a Meaningful Use boot camp.  Follow the link for more information.

 

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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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