10 Meaningful Minutes for October

Welcome to our latest installment of 5 Meaningful Minutes; our bimonthly update meant to share important and useful Meaningful Use information with you, our meaningful users. We are trying something different with this issue, click to VIEW your 5 meaningful minutes (which is actually 10 minutes, I talk slower than I write!) where I will visit with you about the hardship exception application extension, the Flexibility rule, Clinical Quality Measures, and registering for CQR. Let me know what you think of the new format, your feedback is always welcome!


Hardship Exception Application

  • CMS has reopened the submission period for the hardship exception application for Stage 1 Year 1 EPs to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustment. The Hardship Exception Application is due at 11:59 PM EST on November 30th, 2014
  • Stage 1 Year 1 EPs can and should still attest by the end of February 2015 to earn 2014 incentives and avoid 2016 Medicare penalties


Meaningful Use 2014 Flexibility Rule

  • See MU 2014 Flexibility Rule attachment for full details
  • Is the Flexibility Rule right for your practice? For most of you who have previously attested, we believe the answer is YES!
    • It is applicable for Stage 1 Year 1; Stage 1 Year 2; and Stage 2 Year 1
    • Were you using 2013 Stage 1 workflows in 2014 prior to upgrading to CPS12 or EMR9.8? If so, then the Flexibility Rule may work for you!
    • Have you “fully implemented” 2014 technology and workflows (i.e. CPS12 and all workflows, CQR and all workflows, Patient Portal and all workflows)? If not, then the Flexibility Rule may work for you!
  • How do you start on the path to the Flexibility Rule?
    • The Crystal Reports are currently available for Download on the Centricity Product Update page along with documentation about how to install them (also attached above)
    • If you are hosted by Quatris, we will load the reports for you, log a ticket by emailing support@quatris.com
  • Visit our training calendar to attend our Preparing for Audits Under the 2014 Flexibility Rule training session scheduled for December 17th.


Clinical Quality Measures

  • CPS12/EMR9.8 is currently ONC certified for 22 2014 Stage 1 and Stage 2 Clinical Quality Measures (CQMS). See Supported CMS Measures attachment.
    • Under the 2014 Meaningful Use guidelines, EP’s are required to report on 9 CQMs across 3 domains
    • The CPS Meaningful Use 2014 User Guide on the GE Service Portal contains specific detail on how CQR calculates CQMs, including Numerator and Denominator calculations. Download and review this document.
    • Unlike Core and Menu measures, CQMs do not have thresholds; 0% on the CQR dashboard will return a green, met response
  • GE is currently in the certification process for additional CQMs. These are scheduled to be included in the CPS12.0.7 and EMR 9.8.7 release due out in November.
    • NOTE: These CQMs are currently available in CQR, however, since they are not ONC certified and the workflows are not in the CPS Meaningful Use 2014 User Guide, the numerators are not being returned. These uncertified CQMs are unchecked upon CQR install. Do not use these CQMs until you are on CPS12.0.7 or EMR 9.8.7. A full list can be found in the CQR 1.2 release notes; some examples of these CQMs include:
      • CMS68: Documentation of Current Medications in the Medical Record
      • CMS136: ADHD Follow up Care for Children
      • CMS50: Closing the Referral Loop
    • Visit our training calendar to attend our Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) training session scheduled for December 3rd.


Clinical Quality Reporting (CQR)

  • If you have not yet registered for CQR and have upgraded to CPS12 or EMR9.8, please (please!) do so now. Instructions on the registration process are attached.
  • CQR will be the reporting solution for 2015, so even if you are planning on taking advantage of the Flexibility rule in 2014, you need to register for CQR so you are prepared for 2015. Don’t wait for the end of the year rush; register today!
  • Visit our training calendar to attend our Clinical Quality Reporting (CQR)training session scheduled for November 26th.


Look for “5 Meaningful Minutes” updates soon. In the meantime if you have questions about Meaningful Use please don’t hesitate to contact our support department at support@quatris.com. *Note: If you are a GE Direct support customer, the content of this email may not apply to you and you should work with GE on your processes for support and meaningful use.


Laurie Drennan M.A.

Product Readiness Manager

Seminar with Health Economist Don McDaniel

Independence by Demand: How to Thrive In Uncertain Times

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Health economist Don McDaniel presents strategies to help independent physicians negotiate the pressures of the current healthcare climate using the “three imperatives”: strategic trading partners, enabling business platforms and technologies, and favorable value-based contracts. The goal for independents is to not only sustain but to thrive.


Thursday November 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM CST
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