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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The HITECH Act
  • Overview: From Eligibility to Payment
  • EHR Incentive Programs & Policies
    • What incentive programs are authorized by the HITECH Act?
    • How large are the incentive payments?
    • Who may participate in the HITECH incentive programs?
    • What must an Eligible Professional do to qualify for incentive funds?
    • Which incentive program should I choose?
    • What if I am eligible for both programs?
    • Can I switch EHR incentive programs?
    • Does participation in an EHR incentive program make me ineligible for any other federal programs?
    • Are there any bonus incentives?
    • What if I split my work between multiple practices/locations?
    • What if I only work part time, or see very few patients per year?
    • Is there a formal registration process?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Medicare Incentive Program
    • Who is eligible for the Medicare incentive program?
    • How are the Medicare incentives calculated?
    • What qualifies as a covered professional service?
    • What is the incentive payment timeline?
    • What does a Medicare EP need to do to qualify for incentives?
    • Are there any bonuses under the Medicare program?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
    • Who is eligible for the Medicaid incentive program?
    • How is the additional “patient volume requirement” calculated?
    • May I use pooled patient volume data from my whole practice?
    • How are the Medicaid incentive payments calculated?
    • What qualifies as an EHR-related expenditure?
    • What is the incentive payment timeline?
    • What does a Medicaid EP need to do to qualify for incentives?
    • What is the AIU qualification?
    • Is it possible to switch my state of participation?
    • What if I purchased my EHR system before starting the Medicaid EHR incentive program?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Selecting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) System
    • Am I required to use a specific EHR system?
    • How do I know if an EHR system is certified?
    • Which certified EHR technology should I choose?
    • Should I use client-server or web-based software?
    • Do I need special functionality?
    • Which software vendor should I choose?
    • Which EHR systems are other practices using?
    • What should I look for in an EHR system contract?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Installing & Configuring an EHR System
    • What are the steps of EHR system implementation?
    • What is involved in digitizing medical records?
    • Who should be responsible for implementation?
    • What is an IT consultant and what do they do?
    • Do I need to hire an IT consultant?
    • How much does an IT Consultant cost?
    • How do I find an IT Consultant to hire?
    • Is it true I can re-assign my incentive program payments?
    • Is training necessary to a successful EHR system implementation?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Achieving “Meaningful Use”
  • Applying for incentives
    • Do I need to formally register for an EHR incentive program?
    • When should I apply for EHR incentives?
    • How do I apply for incentive funds?
    • What information am I required to submit?
    • What are clinical quality measures?
    • Are there any special filing requirements?
    • How are incentive payments distributed?
    • Is it true that practice attestations are not verified?
    • What should I do if I am over-paid?
    • Is there a way to appeal an issue?
    • Keep in mind...
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Stage 1 “Core” Objectives
  • Appendix B: Stage 1 “Menu” Objectives
  • Appendix C: Stage 2 and 3 Suggested Additional Objectives
  • Appendix D: Clinical Quality Measures
  • Resources
  • Glossary
  • Notes
  • Index

 

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