Use EHR as an Effective Patient Education Tool

Dr. Duane Wires

Duane Wires, OD

A key goal of health care reform is to improve patient outcomes, and getting patients engaged in their treatment plans is a critical component in that process. Your EHR system can help you achieve that–if you learn to optimize it.

Read the entire article:Use EHR as an Effective Patient Education Tool

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.


Eyefinity® Earns EHNAC Healthcare Network Reaccreditation

Eyefinity® continues to show its ability to be your trusted choice in the market by earning another two years of accreditation from the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) and achieved full accreditation with the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program (HNAP).

Data protection and security remain top-of-mind for you and your patients. This accreditation shows the importance we place on protecting personal health information and our excellence in health data processing and transactions. We strive to meet and exceed compliance with industry-established standards and HIPAA regulations.

“Eyefinity takes security and compliance seriously,” said Troy Eberlein, Eyefinity® Senior Vice President, Product Management. “We are proud to offer providers who do business with us the assurance that their interactions with Eyefinity are secure and safe.”

We are proud to announce that our privacy measures, systems availability, security infrastructure, and process of managing and transferring protected health information were all evaluated by EHNAC and we exceeded all of the criteria and industry standards.

“At a time of heightened regulatory concerns, it is responsible healthcare organizations such as Eyefinity that we applaud for taking the extra steps to ensure trust with all their stakeholders and customers that they’re adhering to the latest standards in privacy, security and confidentiality,” says Lee Barrett, executive director of EHNAC. “In order to earn EHNAC HNAP accreditation, organizations are required to demonstrate excellence and a commitment to ensuring the security and privacy of health data processing and transactions for their customers.”

Learn more about EHNAC and the Healthcare Network Accreditation Program.

ICD-10 Delay Bill One Step Closer

ICD-10It’s been a hot topic for weeks, and has been passed in both the House and Senate. H.R. 4302, which delays the mandatory change to ICD-10 codes, has been passed by both the House and the Senate, and the only remaining step to pass this into law rests with President Obama signing off on this bill. What does this mean to you? Functionally, this means that the transition to ICD-10 codes would not be required – or accepted – until October 1, 2015 at the earliest. The passing of the bill also prevents the 24 percent reduction in reimbursement by Medicare that would have gone into effect March 31, 2014.

It’s important to remember that the transition to ICD-10 is not off the table permanently. The passing of this bill provides a one year reprieve, but doctors will still be faced with a transition to ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015.

EHRs are the answer to address ICD-10. Eyefinity strongly recommends that practices continue preparing for the ICD-10 transition. We are committed to providing you with a quality solution to help you seamlessly convert to the new codes. See how Eyefinity EHR can help you easily make the switch. Request a demo today.

UPDATE: H.R. 4302 was passed by both the House and Senate in March 2014, and was signed into law by President Obama April 1, 2014. H.R. 4302 delays the requirement of ICD-10 codes until October 1, 2015.

New CMS 1500 Form Hits April 1

APRIL1If you haven’t already, make sure you highlight April 1st on your office calendar. This is the day you must be using the new CMS 1500 (02/12) form. There are a number of updates to this form, but two of the main changes include:

  • The new form has 12 spots for the new ICD-10 codes, which will be required October 1.
  • Pointers change from numbers to letters on the new form to also coincide with the new ICD-10 codes.

Go to Eyefinity’s CMS 1500 Form Resource Page for directions to upgrade your products.

April Is Important Month for Meaningful Use

It's AprilApril 1 marks the second quarter for Medicare providers to begin meaningful use. No matter if you are a Medicaid or Medicare provider, attesting involves three months of reporting for meaningful use in 2014.

If you’re participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, the three months must begin at the start of the quarter (i.e., January 1, April 1, July 1,or October 1). Whether you are beginning Stage 1, continuing Stage 1,or beginning Stage 2, you must update your software prior to your three-month reporting period.

The EHR Incentive Program requires eligible providers to integrate meaningful use of certified EHR technologies into their practices in stages. Each stage requires providers to meet specific measures and attest to their completion. Many providers began Stage 1 in 2011 and 2012. Those providers are required to begin Stage 2 in 2014. Providers who began Stage 1 in 2013 will continue with Stage 1 in 2014. Providers who have not participated in the program by 2014 will be subject to Medicare penalties in 2015.

Check out Eyefinity’s Meaningful Use Resource Page for helpful information about Meaningful Use 2014 Edition and certified product solutions.

Eyefinity Sets Its Sights on the Future of EHR Tech

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Curious about electronic health records (EHRs) and what the future might hold for you in making a difference for your practice and patients? Eyefinity president Steve Baker taps into the potential of the optical industry’s medical and retail strengths.

Read full article.

Reprinted from Medical Design

Payment Adjustments Information for Medicare Eyecare Professionals

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As meaningful use Stage 2 ramps up in 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) continues to post reminders and updates to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program that eye care professionals (ECPs) need to be aware of.

ECPs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year. ECPs must demonstrate meaningful use prior to 2015 to avoid payment adjustments.

If you are only eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, you are not subject to these payment adjustments.

Determine how your EHR Incentive Program participation start year will affect the 2015 payment adjustments:

If you began in 2011 or 2012…

If you first demonstrated meaningful use in 2011 or 2012, you must have demonstrated meaningful use for a full year in 2013 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.

If you began in 2013…

If you first demonstrated meaningful use in 2013, you must have demonstrated meaningful use for a 90-day reporting period in 2013 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.

If you plan to begin in 2014…

If you first demonstrate meaningful use in 2014, you must demonstrate meaningful use for a three-month reporting period in 2014 to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015. This reporting period must occur within the first 9 months of 2014.  ECPs must begin their meaningful use reporting period no later than July 1, 2014, and attest no later than October 1 to avoid the payment adjustment.

Avoiding Payment Adjustments in the Future

If you are eligible to participate in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you MUST demonstrate meaningful use to avoid the payment adjustments. You may demonstrate meaningful use under either Medicare or Medicaid.

You must continue to demonstrate meaningful use every year to avoid payment adjustments in subsequent years.

Information from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


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