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CMS Changes Name of the EHR Incentive Programs and Advancing Care Information to "Promoting Interoperability"

To continue our commitment to promoting and prioritizing interoperability of health care data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is overhauling and streamlining the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for hospitals as well as for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program. This change will move the programs beyond the existing requirements of meaningful use to a new phase of EHR measurement with an increased focus on interoperability and improving patient access to health information.

To better reflect this focus, effective immediately CMS is renaming:

  • The EHR Incentive Programs to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs for eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals, and Medicaid providers
  • The MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category for MIPS eligible clinicians

QPP Requires an EIDM Account

In order to participate in the Quality Payment Program, you must have an Enterprise Identity Management (EIDM) account and an appropriate user role associated with your organization. An EIDM Account gives CMS customers a single identification to use across the many CMS systems.

  • If you’ve been submitting data under some of the previous legacy programs (for ex., PQRS), your user accounts will be the same in the Quality Payment Program.
  • To set up an EIDM account, get EIDM account information, or reset your password on an existing EIDM account, visit the CMS Enterprise Portal. For questions, contact the Quality Payment Program at 1-866-288-8292. You can also use the EIDM guide to get started.
  • You will need the necessary EIDM account and role information to be able to access the data submission system and submit data.
  • To sign into qpp.cms.gov to submit data, you need to use your EIDM credentials, and you must have an appropriate user role associated with your organization.

MEANINGFUL USE - NOW CALLED PROMOTING INTEROPERABILITY (PI) PROGRAM

Medicaid's New Resource for Promoting Interoperability Technical Assistance for PI Eligible Professionals

Effective December 1, 2015, Promoting Interoperability Technical Assistance will be available to all Medicaid Eligible Professionals who are current participants in the Promoting Interoperability Incentive Payment Program.

Alabama Medicaid has partnered with Management & Medical Consulting Services, Inc. (MMCS), to make this service available to our PI providers statewide. The scope of this service focuses on providing assistance to providers to help navigate the Promoting Interoperability submission process including the State Level Registry, attestations, risk assessments, clinical quality measures, post-payment audits, and health information exchange (HIE) activities.

The service is being provided at no cost to all our current and potential Medicaid PI Eligible Professionals.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this resource, or if you have any questions about the program, please contact any one of the following individuals below:

Marla Clinkscales: marla@managementmed.com

Janice Miles: janice.miles@medicaid.alabama.gov

Thank you, for your participation.

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Services

Promoting Interoperability, EHR implementation, PCMH consulting, MACRA/MIPS, EHR worflow redesign, AAPC certified coding instruction, ICD-10 instruction and certification, privacy, security risk analysis and NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Assistance.

Projects

We recently completed a project of auditing charts for dozens of participating providers for a third party payer who desired to verify the accuracy and specificity of all diagnosis codes.

Management

Medical billing and accounts, clinical operations, management services, practice assessments.

about us

Management & Medical Consulting Services, LLC (MMCS) was founded in 2010 to meet the demand for technical assistance services in Alabama by small to medium size medical providers striving to comply with the 2010 new Meaningful Use-MU (now known as Promoting Interoperability PI) requirements and the incentive opportunities funded nationwide through the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The initial activity in this effort was as a Subrecipient in the ONC Regional Extension Center grant project from 2010 to 2016. During this time, MMCS worked with over 600 providers to meet PI requirements (MU) and successfully attest for a significant amount of incentive payments they qualified for. MMCS has been a consistent over achiever in fulfilling its duties and today still works with clients developed many years ago. Today MMCS contracts with Alabama Medicaid to provide PI technical assistance and quality reporting services to Medicaid providers across Alabama.

MMCS personnel all have clinical backgrounds in either administration, billing, nursing or management prior to the offering of the consulting services enabling us to bring a high level of understanding of the client’s business to the client. Each employee has personal experience in the EHR adoption process. We provide services onsite with a personal touch which is a significant key to our success

MMCS provides not only Meaningful Use services but we also provided AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) coding instruction, Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) clinical certification services and NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Assistance. MMCS provides medical groups with Risk Analysis reporting to ensure their compliance with HIPAA regulations for group practices.

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We provide many services for our clients. Some of our offers include CPC training, Medical billing & accounts, Clinical operations, Chart auditing, and Promoting Interoperability.

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