Clinical Quality Measures

InfoGard Accredited to Test Clinical Quality Measures

On August 22, 2016, InfoGard achieved accreditation from NVLAP (Lab Code 100432-0) to begin testing to the 2015 Edition certification criteria for Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs). The CQM criteria include:

  • 315(c)(1) – Clinical quality measures –record and export
  • 315(c)(2) – Clinical quality measures –import and calculate
  • 315(c)(3) – Clinical quality measures—report
  • 315(c)(4) – Clinical quality measures –filter

The measures tested under the 315.c.1-4 criteria are used by providers and hospitals for the CMS Meaningful Use Program in 2017 and beyond.

The test procedures can be found on the ONC website: https://www.healthit.gov/policy-researchers-implementers/2015-edition-test-method

The test tool, Cypress, can be found at: http://projectcypress.org/index.html

CMS information about the CQMs is available: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/eCQM_Library.html

InfoGard understands that developers may have delayed testing until these criteria were available. Don’t delay any longer! Contact us to get started today!

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ONC 2015 Edition Criteria and MU Stage 3 Proposed Rules Announced

ONC has published a proposed rule defining the 2015 Edition of EHR certification requirements.

An email announcement from ONC on March 20, 2015 revealed the following information:

“The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule aligns with the path toward interoperability – the secure, efficient, and effective sharing and use of health information…” Continue reading

Certification Criteria

Removal of the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria

In the Final Rule for the 2014 Edition Release 2 Certification Criteria (published in Sept. 2014), ONC removed the 2011 Edition Certification Criteria from the Code of Federal Regulations (see Section C on Page 54447). As of March 1, 2015, the certification criteria 170.302, 170.304, and 170.306 can no longer be tested and certified by the Accredited Testing Laboratories (ATL) and Authorized Certification Bodies (ACBs). Continue reading

EHR Meaningful Use Security Risk Analysis

Pills and Steth Security Risk AnalysisMedicare and Medicaid EHR incentive payments more than doubled from $6.9 billion in August 2012 to a staggering $14.6 billion at the end of April 2013.  This increase indicates that physicians and hospitals are continuing to participate in the Meaningful Use program and adopting Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Successfully attesting to CMS indicates that the core and objective measures have been satisfied. Included in the required measures is Meaningful Use Measure 14 for EPs/15 for hospitals, with the following objective: “Protect electronic health information created or maintained by the certified EHR technology through the implementation of appropriate technical capabilities.” The objective in itself appears to be an achievable task as written. It is well known within the medical community that protecting electronic protected health information (ePHI) is paramount to success, and it is the law according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Adopting and implementing an EHR achieving the required use percentages is a major undertaking for any practice or hospital.  Continue reading

Indian Health Service Partnerships Conference

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care, including family planning and related services, more accessible and affordable for many Americans.

Last week, August 13-15th, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Partnerships Conference annual meeting was conducted in Denver, Colorado. This meeting is focused on training for key health system staff in the Business Office, Contract Health Services (CHS) Program and Health Information Management (HIM) Program. This year’s conference topic was the implementation requirements related to the ACA. Continue reading

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Preparing for MU Stage 2 Testing: Top 5 Recommendations

Many of you are aware of the financial incentives available to the healthcare industry by achieving Meaningful Use compliance using certified EHR products. InfoGard has created the top five recommendations for how to prepare your EHR product for certification:

1.  Set the scope and market for your product

The details and implementations of an EHR product can be just as varied as the specializations for doctors, surgeons, nurses, clinics, and hospitals. Determining how general or specific your product should be in scope can be difficult, but there are a few things to keep in mind for Meaningful Use (MU) certification as you work your way through the process. A product doesn’t have to be certified for every MU measure or requirement; setting an EHR to serve only for a dentist’s office or optometrist is a valid option, and a certification path is available for just such applications. At the same time, not every application has to be tailor-made. Plenty of general use EHRs can fit a pediatrician every bit as well as a plastic surgeon or a family doctor. Flexibility can be just as important as specialization, and it’s a choice best made as you’re starting on the path towards your MU certification. Continue reading