US Department of Health and Humans Service, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs.  Also announced was the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to improve the way electronic health information is shared and to improve the way care is delivered and experienced.

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NDHIMA (North Dakota Health Information Management Association) will be sponsoring two ICD-10 training seminars in April.  AHIMA approved ICD-10 trainers will lead attendees through the 21 chapters of ICD-10-CM (diagnoses) with case examples and education in preparation for ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015.

There will be two sessions.  The first on on April 17, 2015 at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, ND and the second on on April 23, 2015 at Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND in Fargo, ND.

Follow the link for more information.

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The 2015 gpTRAC Regional Telehealth Forum is fast approaching!  Your friends at gpTRAC are looking forward to seeing you in Sioux Falls.

Don’t forget to get registered for the event.  Register before March 15, 2015 and qualify for a chance to win a 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tablet.  Also Early-Bird registration rate is $175 and after March 15th registration is $200.00.

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Eligible professionals have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.
The deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data has been extended by CMS.

Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment.  Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program will:

Note:  The Medicare extension does not affect deadlines for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.  Additionally, the EHR reporting option for PQRS has been extended until March 20, 2015.  Please be on the lookout for a separate listserve with information regarding the PQRS program extension.

Submit your data to Registration and Attestation System, which includes 2014 Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) Flexibility Rule option.

Tips for speed:

  • Attest during non-peak hours, such as evenings and weekends
  • Start now to:
  • Check that your information is up to date
  • Begin entering your 2014 data

To learn more, see the Educational Resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Program Website.

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You can find a reference sheet to the 2015 Legislative Bills that may have implication on health care information and may be of interest to North Dakota Health Information Network Stakeholders here.

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CMS reminds that the deadline to avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment is due on November 30, 2014.

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The 2014 North Dakota eHealth/HIMSS Summit will be Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 8:oo am – 5:00 pm at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.

The HIMSS Social will be on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck.

More information on registration here.

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CMS announced their intent to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications.  The new deadline will be November 30, 2014

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Privacy and Security Boot Camp
Wednesday, September 17 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
4351 17th Avenue South
Fargo, ND 58103

Know and understand the Elements of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security regulations
Get updated on the Omnibus Rule of 2013
Learn about HIPAA 2014 Audits & Meaningful Use Audits
Understand Breach Notification of 2013
Review and understand how to complete a Risk Assessment to satisfy HIPAA and Meaningful Use
Understand Business Associate relationships under the Omnibus Rule

Information will be presented through a combination of lecture, small group work and problem solving. Those who have taken this course before value the exercises because they help them begin to think about how to optimize privacy and security processes in their organization.

Click Here to Register online by Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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CMS released a final rule allowing providers participation in the EHR Incentive Programs to use 2011 Edition of  CEHRT (certified electronic health record technology) for calendar and fiscal year 2014.

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