Archive for January, 2014

CCHIT Discontinues EHR Testing and Certification Services

January 30, 2014 Leave a comment

On January 29, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) announced it will no longer provide services as an Accredited Testing Laboratory and ONC-Approved Certification Body for EHR technology. Instead, CCHIT will encourage its HIT industry customers to explore ICSA Labs testing and certification for products used in the Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The organization will also discontinue its voluntary certification programs that have been around since 2006, but have not been especially applicable in the post-Recovery Act era.

CCHIT was extremely well positioned in 2009 to dominate the certification business for products used in the EHR Incentive Program. However, the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT’s (ONC) certification program rules, which established multiple testing and certification bodies, had the intentional effect of generating competition for government-sanctioned HIT product certification.

Moving forward, CCHIT plans to get into the crowded market of third-party consultation services for providers and industry on HIT regulatory issues.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use

ACR Government Relations Staff to Participate in Upcoming Meaningful Use Webinar

January 22, 2014 Leave a comment

I will participate in the Radiology Business Journal webinar, Navigating the Meaningful Use (MU) Pathway: Stages 1 and 2 (sponsored by FUJIFILM Medical Systems, USA, Inc.), at 2PM (Eastern) on January 29. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register for the event.

My plan is to discuss the current requirements for participants in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

ACR Releases New Pocket Guide to Meaningful Use in 2014

January 16, 2014 Leave a comment

The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently released “ACR’s Pocket Guide to Meaningful Use (MU) in 2014,” a three-page overview of Medicare EHR Incentive Program requirements for radiologists. This free educational resource will be enhanced over time with new information and links to additional materials.

A special thank you to Dr. Adeel Siddiqui (University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and member of ACR’s Subcommittee on Meaningful Use) for providing helpful recommendations.

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare

HHS OIG Releases New Report on Use of EHR Technology to Inflate or Duplicate Claims

January 8, 2014 Leave a comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) released another report today on the intentional or unintentional use of EHR technology to submit claims for services that were not provided.

OIG’s two examples of fraudulent use are “copy-pasting,” which is selecting information from one source and replicating it in another location to inflate and/or duplicate claims; and, “overdocumentation,” which is inserting false or irrelevant documentation to create the appearance of support for billing higher level services. OIG noted that overdocumentation could be unintentionally instigated by auto-populated fields and templates in certain EHR technology.

OIG recommended that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provide more explicit guidance to contractors on detecting EHR-facilitated fraud. OIG also recommended that CMS direct its contractors to use providers’ audit log data when reviewing medical records to confirm that the claims were for rendered services. In its formal response, CMS agreed with the first recommendation and partially agreed with the second, but noted that audit log review may not be appropriate in every circumstance.

Categories: EHR, Medicare