SGR Repeal – Contact your Senator – ACT NOW!

Earlier today the US House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed bipartisan legislation that would permanetly repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula before the March 31 deadline.

Now it is the US Senate’s turn to act, and TIME IS RUNNING OUT before they adjourn later tonight for a two-week recess. That’s why we need you NOW, more than ever, to contact your senators to remind them that they have unfinished business here in Washington, DC.

The president has stated publically that he would sign this bipartisan legislation IF it got to his desk, leaving the Senate as the last hurdle to passing Medicare reform and repealing the SGR once and for all.

We’ve NEVER been this close – let’s make sure SGR reform finally gets across the finish line by contacting your senators through every means available and asking them to pass H.R. 2 (formerly H.R. 1470/S. 810).

1. Call your senators using the AMA’s toll-frr grassroots hotline: 800-833-6354.
2. Send an urgent email to your senators reinforcing the need for SGR repeal now.
3. Contact key senators still undecided on this most critical issue directly through their social media channels and share with your own Facebook friends and Twitter followers as well.

This is urgent. These is still time for Congress to pass meaningul SGR reform before the deadline, BUT IT HAS TO ACT NOW!

For more information on the legislation please read the bill summary and be sure to check out for all the latest.

Notice from: Washington State Medical Association 2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2700 Seattle, Washington 98121

Merit-based Incentive Payment System: Summary & Analysis

Notice from AAOE:
HR 1470, the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015 creates the Merit-based incentive Payment System (MIPS) which will combine the three quality incentive payment programs (PQRS, VBM, and EHR MU) into one quality incentive payment program. This sheet summarizes the planned MIPS program as it appears in the proposed legislation. Changes to the program are likely as the legislation makes its way through Congress. This should not be viewed as a final summary of the program.

Click HERE to read the rest of the summary and analysis.

HR 1470 – SGR Repeal & Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2015

Notice from AAOE:
On Thursday, March 19, 2015 legislation was introduced in Congress to permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate. AAOE understands that this is an exciting development for our members who are eager to avoid a 21% cut in physician payments on April 1, 2015. Below, readers will find AAOE’s section-by-section analysis of the legislation and what is means for their practices.

This legislation is likely to change as it makes its way through the legislative process. AAOE will continue to update its members on changes to the legislation as they occur.

Click HERE to read the full article by AAOE.

GE State of the Union Address

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR customers:

Peter Kinhan, VP & GM of Ambulatory Practice Solutions, invites you to attend our next Customer State of the Union webinar on Monday, March 30, 2015.

Click here to read more!

Product Issue affecting PQRS & MU: CQMs CMS 68 & CMS 147

Message from GE Healthcare:
Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

We are writing to advise you of an important issue pertaining to PQRS and Meaningful Use reporting with Clinical Quality Reporting (CQR). We have learned that results for Clinical Quality Measure (CQMs) CMS 68 and CMS 147 may not be calculated appropriately for your practice. This communication describes the nature of the problem, what we have done to resolve it, and actions we recommend to ensure the appropriateness of your PQRS and/or Meaningful Use reporting using CQR results.

In summary, we recommend four scenarios for action.
* For those who plan to use or have already used CQR for PQRS and for those who plan to use CQR for Meaningful Use, we recommend the actions described below.
* For those who have already used CQR for Meaingful Use for Medicare, NO ACTION is required.
* For those who have already used Crystal Reports or plan to use Crystal Reports (or another reporting mechanism) to attest for Meaningful Use, NO ACTION is required.
* For those who have already used CQR for Meaningful Use for Medicaid, we recommend that you contact your state for guidance.

Click below for additional information:
For CPS customers
For CEMR customers

Join us – CHUG at Centricity LIVE

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