TOMORROW – JUNE VIRENCE HEALTH BRIEFING

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Virence Health Briefing
June 20th, 2019
30 Minutes | 2:30PM to 3:00PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:00PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/kS0b10v20By00H1rga0Uh0S

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

SAVE THE DATE – June Virence Health Briefing

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Virence Health Briefing
June 20th, 2019
30 Minutes | 2:30PM to 3:00PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:00PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/kS0b10v20By00H1rga0Uh0S

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

*REMINDER* – TOMORROW Patient API Webinar

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Patient API
June 13th, 2019
1 hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/a002010arS0g00aSTHvBhy1

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

*REMINDER* – TOMORROW CDA/Patient Portal Webinar

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

CDA/Patient Portal
June 11th, 2019
1 hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/p0h00S2a9S0r0SvH110ygB0

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

*REMINDER* – TOMORROW 12.3/9.12 Upgrade + SP3, Hot Fix Webinar

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

12.3/9.12 Upgrade + SP3, Hot Fix Webinar
June 6th, 2019
1 hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/gR0ghv10r00aHS01S0028By

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

*REMINDER* – THURSDAY What Steps Do I Need to Take Webinar

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

“What Steps Do I Need to Take?”
June 27th, 2019
1 hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/X110ycH0v200SBhgr00aSV0

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

*REMINDER* – Azure Active Directory Webinar TODAY

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Azure Active Directory Webinar
June 4, 2019
1 hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT

Register here: http://click1.gehealthcare.com/uQv000gHh1012700ByrSSa0

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

REMINDER: CEHRT Webinar Series Begins Tomorrow

The first of several webinars for the ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Webinar Series begins tomorrow at 2:30pm EST. The Webinar is titled: HIE: Receive, Incorporate & Provide Patients Electronic Access What You Need to Know for 2019 and is scheduled to last for 1 hour.

To register for this webinar CLICK HERE

This new webinar series is designed to help you successfully transition to the ONC 2015 edition of Centricity Practice Solution or Centricity EMR. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Customer Portal.

ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Webinar Series Schedule

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Building on the content we already shared in our recent ONC 2015 Edition Preparedness webinar, we have created a new webinar series on the topic to support your transition. The first webinar begins on May 23.

As I mentioned previously, we want to be sure you are aware that compliance with the 2019 CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) quality payment programs1 will require a four-step process that we estimate can take up to three months. This process must be complete before the start of your performance period, so the time to prepare is now.

You may already know that all eligible clinicians are required to use 2015 CEHRT for the reporting of performance in the Promoting Interoperability (PI) performance category in 2019. Our certified software, Centricity Practice Solution 12.3 or Centricity EMR 9.12, must be in use for the entire performance period, which is a minimum of 90 consecutive days.

However, we want to be sure you know that meeting the requirements involves more than an upgrade. In addition, you must enable technology and complete workflow verifications to ensure compliance with the PI objectives and measures. Each organization is slightly different, yet we estimate it can take up to three months to complete all preparation steps. This webinar series will dive more deeply into important aspects of the process.

We cannot over-emphasize the importance of preparing early. Please join our webinar series to learn more about key activities that must be complete before the start of your performance period.

New ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Webinar Series

Each webinar is one hour in duration from 2:30PM to 3:30PM ET / 11:30AM to 12:30PM PT unless otherwise noted. Register for each event individually using the links below.

 

ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Webinar Series – Upcoming Events
May 23, 2019 HIE: Receive, Incorporate & Provide Patients Electronic Access What You Need to Know for 2019
May 30, 2019
(2:30-3:00PM ET)
Virence Health Briefing
June 4, 2019 Azure Active Directory
June 6, 2019 12.3/9.12 Upgrade + SP3, Hot Fix
June 11, 2019 CDA/Patient Portal
June 13, 2019 Patient API
June 20, 2019
(2:30-3:00PM ET)
Virence Health Briefing
June 27, 2019 What Steps Do I Need to Take?

This new webinar series is designed to help you successfully transition to the ONC 2015 edition of Centricity Practice Solution or Centricity EMR. Please note that this schedule is subject to change. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Customer Portal.

Winter Webinar Series Now Available On Demand

Earlier this month, we concluded our winter webinar series, which was designed to help you increase provider efficiency, enhance care quality, and strengthen financial performance as well as helping you prepare for regulatory change. For your convenience, we have included the links to the on-demand recordings for each webinar below.

Winter Webinar Series – On Demand
Available on demand Regulatory Update: What’s New and What it Means for You (Part 1)
Available on demand Regulatory Update: What’s New and What it Means for You (Part 2)
Available on demand VBC Analytics: Tools for Your Healthcare Transformation Journey
Available on demand Population Health: Using Data to Manage Chronic Care Patients
Available on demand Virence Health Briefing – January
Available on demand SimpleChart: Document with Remarkable Speed
Available on demand Simplifying IT and Boosting Performance with Hosting*
Available on demand VBC Analytics: Tools for Your Healthcare Transformation Journey (Encore)
Available on demand Virence Health Briefing – February
Available on demand Promoting Interoperability: Provider to Patient Exchange
Available on demand Promoting Interoperability: Health Information Exchange
Available on demand Virence Health Briefing – March
Available on demand Population Health: Managing Chronic Disease Patients Efficiently and Cost Effectively
A special event hosted by MGMA.
Available on demand SimpleChart: Document with Remarkable Speed (Encore)
Available on demand Independently Thriving: Save Providers Time with Hospital Connect (Encore)
Available on demand ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Preparedness: CMS Requires More Than an Upgrade
Available on demand How Your Practice Can Help Manage the Opioid Crisis
Available on demand Virence Health Briefing – April
Available on demand Improving Efficiency, Security, & Satisfaction with Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS)
Available on demand ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Preparedness: CMS Requires More Than an Upgrade (Encore)
Available on demand Increase Efficiency with Integrated Access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

*For direct Virence Health customers. VAR customers should contact their VAR representative for information on similar services.

We hope you will take advantage of these resources to help you continue to elevate your performance and prepare for the future.

Over the course of the new ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT webinar series, we will begin to transition from Virence Health branding to athenahealth branding. We’re making a transformative journey with you and for you, and your feedback is critical to our collective success. Please take this three-minute survey to tell us how we’re doing and submit ideas for how we can better serve you.

New ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Webinar Series

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Building on the content we already shared in our recent ONC 2015 Edition Preparedness webinar, we have created a new webinar series on the topic to support your transition. The first webinar begins on May 23.

As I mentioned previously, we want to be sure you are aware that compliance with the 2019 CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) quality payment programs[1] will require a four-step process that we estimate can take up to three months. This process must be complete before the start of your performance period, so the time to prepare is now.

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information and to register the webinars.

1Please note, incentive program requirements differ for Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) paid in encounter rates.  

Encore of ONC 2015 Edition Compliance Webinar Added to Series

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Spring flowers are beginning to bloom, so we are getting ready to wrap up our winter webinar series.

Before we do, we’ve scheduled an encore performance of an important webinar, “ONC 2015 Edition

CEHRT Preparedness: CMS Requires More Than an Upgrade” to allow more customers to attend the

session live. This webinar will take place on April 30, 2019.

As I mentioned in a prior communication, we want to be sure you are aware that compliance with

the 2019 CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) quality payment programs1 will require a four-step

process that we estimate will take approximately three months. This process must be

complete before the start of your reporting period, so the time to prepare is now.

 

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information or click here to register for the webinar.

New Webinar on ONC 2015 Edition Compliance Added to Series

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Happy spring! It may be spring, but our winter webinar series is still in full swing. In fact, we urge you to attend an important new webinar we’ve added to the series, “ONC 2015 Edition CEHRT Preparedness: CMS Requires More Than an Upgrade” on April 9, 2019.  As you prepare for the 2019 CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) quality payment programs, we want to be sure you are aware that compliance will require a four-step process that we estimate will take approximately three months. This process must be complete before the start of your reporting period, so the time to prepare is now.

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information or click here to register for the webinar.

Webinar Tomorrow – SimpleChart: Document with Remarkable Speed

Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Winter Webinar Series
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
2:30pm – 3:00pm EDT (11:30am – 12:00pm PDT)
Value-based care is here, and Virence Health would like to be your trusted advisor through these changing times. Our team has designed a robust webinar program to help you increase provider efficiency, enhance care quality, and strengthen financial performance as well as successfully transition to the ONC 2015 edition.

REMINDER – MGMA Webinar “Population Health: Managing Chronic Disease Patients Efficiently and Cost Effectively”

There is still time to register!

Don’t miss this webinar titled: “Population Health: Managing Chronic Disease Patients Efficiently and Cost Effectively” featuring CHUG President, Tracie Koepplin, BSN, Master Cert., Health Informatics Clinical Manager, and her colleague Angie Barnes, RN, CDE, Care Manager/Diabetes Educator, from Physicians Medical Center (PMC).

Tune in March 26th at 2:30pm – 3:00pm EDT (11:30am – 12:00pm PDT) to learn how PMC reduced the number of diabetic patients with A1C poor control by 30%. 

Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information.  You can also click here to register for the MGMA-hosted webinar and click here to register for the other webinars in the series. 

*REMINDER* Virence Health Briefing – March 21, 2019

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Virence would like to invite you to the next edition of our monthly Virence Health Briefing webinar on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2:30pm-3:00pm EDT (11:30am-12pm PDT).

Click here to register for this webinar and others in the MGMA Winter Webinar Series

MGMA Winter Webinar Series Registration

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

I hope you are taking full advantage of our winter webinar series.  We are excited to announce that the registration link for the MGMA-hosted population health webinar on March 26 is now available!  This webinar will feature your own CHUG President, Tracie Koepplin, BSN, Master Cert., Health Informatics Clinical Manager, and her colleague Angie Barnes, RN, CDE, Care Manager/Diabetes Educator, from Physicians Medical Center. Learn how PMC reduced the number of diabetic patients with A1C poor control by 30%. 

 Log in to the Customer Portal and read the communication from Chad Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, for more information.  You can also click here to register for the MGMA-hosted webinar and click here to register for the other webinars in the series. 

GE CPS CEMR: State of the Union Webinar and the Next Phase of Our Transformation

April 5, 2018

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

We are very excited to announce that we are entering into the next phase of our transformation. The Value-Based Care division of GE Healthcare is being acquired by Veritas Capital – a leading private equity firm that invests in companies that provide critical products and services, primarily technology and technology-enabled solutions, to customers worldwide. Veritas has a strong investment track record of strategically transforming leading companies in the healthcare information technology space. The transaction is expected to close third quarter this year.

We cannot overstate how positive we believe this development is for our customers. 

Please review this communication from Jon Zimmerman, Vice President and General Manager of Value-Based Care Solutions, to learn more about this important news: Log into the Customer Portal first and then click here to read the communication. Please also join us for an upcoming State of the Union webinar to learn more.

Webinar Details:

Overview

Title: Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR State of the Union

Date: Friday, April 20, 2018

Time: 12:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour

Click here to register for the webinar.

New Fall Webinar Series– Increase Provider Efficiency, Enhance Care Quality and Strengthen Financial Performance

New Fall Webinar Series

 

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Value-based care is here, and GE Healthcare would like to be your trusted advisor through these changing times. Our team has designed a robust webinar program to help you increase provider efficiency, enhance care quality, and strengthen financial performance as well as successfully transition to the ONC 2015 edition. Please review this communication from Chad Dodd, General Manager of Ambulatory Practice Solutions, to learn more about this webinar series, and click here to register for these upcoming webinars.

 

https://engage.gehealthcare.com/docs/DOC-300936

 

Customer State of the Union Address

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Cusomters:

Jon Zimmerman, Vice President and General Manager, Value-Based Care Solutions, and Chad Dodd, General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, would like to invite you to attend our next Customer State of the Union webinar on Friday, September 29, 2017.

Read this invitation to learn more and to register.

2018 CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule Webinar

2018 CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule Webinar on August 17th

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Mark Segal, GE Healthcare Vice President Government and Industry Affairs, and Chad Dodd, General Manager of Ambulatory Practice Solutions, would like to invite you to attend an important session on 2018 CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) Proposed Rule on Thursday August 17, 2017.

Read this communication to learn more and to register.

Customer State of the Union Address March 7th

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR customers:

Jon Zimmerman, Vice President and General Manager, Value-Based Care Solutions, and Chad Dodd, General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, would like to invite you to attend our next Customer State of the Union webinar on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Read this communication to learn more and to register.

New Summer Webinar Series

Dear Centricity™ Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

Our teams have designed a robust on-demand and live webinar program this summer to help you stay current on regulatory requirements, improve your workflows, and enhance your technical performance. Please click on the links in this communication from Chad Dodd to register for upcoming webinars and to access on-demand recordings: https://engage.gehealthcare.com/docs/DOC-226639

We look forward to seeing you at our Webinars!

Video – MU & Drug Interaction Patches

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:
We would like to direct your attention to a video produced by GE Healthcare regarding the Meaningful Use and Drug Interaction patches. This video provides an overview of our two patches developed to ensure that your Meaningful Use numbers are accurate after the application of Service Pack 11, as well as ensure that your workflow is not impacted by an increase in Drug Interaction popup alerts.

Please click HERE to watch the video. Thank you!

Quality Reporting Preparation Program – Webinar Series Continues

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

As you continue your Meaningful Use (MU) and quality program preparations, we hope you found our recent webinars on the final rule and troubleshooting measures valuable. We have posted the recordings to the Quality Reporting Communities on the Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) and Centricity EMR (CEMR) Service Portals and scheduled new webinars to help support your preparations. Click HERE to read this communication from Chad Dodd to learn more.

REMINDER: Customer State of the Union Address Sept 16th

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers,
Jon Zimmerman, VP & GM of Clinical Business Solutions and I would like to invite you to attend our next Customer State of the Union webinar on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015.

The State of the Union provides important updates and, as you saw from our prior communications, forms an intergral part of our preparation series. Click HERE to read this communication from Peter Kinhan with details.

Resources for your final ICD-10 Preparations

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution & Centricity EMR Customers:

We hope the final stages of your ICD-10 preparations are progressing well. With the target transition date right around the corner, we are eager to check on the status of your progress. In addition, we are pleased to announce additional resources, enhanced system functionality, and ICD-10 War Room at CHUG, and additional webinars to help support your go-live as well as enhance performance after October 1st. Read this communication from Peter Kinhan to learn more!

2015 Quality Reporting Preparation Program for MU, PQRS & CPCi

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers;

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2015 Quality Reporting Preparation Program. This preparation program, modeled after our highly successful ICD-10 preparation program, is designed to help your practice prepare for Meaningful Use (MU) and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) as well as the latest addition to our supported quality programs, the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative (CPCi).

The submission deadlines for these programs are about six (6) months away, and we are eager to share with you the resources we have developed to help you prepare and be successful.

Click HERE to read this communication from Peter Kinhan with additional details.

New ICD-10 Webinar Topics and Dates

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

This week, we are pleased to announce new webinars to help you make a smooth transition to ICD-10. We have scheduled three new interface webinars and booked a deep dive into the scope and benefits of our ICD-10 consulting offerings.

Read this communication from Peter Kinhan to learn more!

ICD-10 Interfaces Webinar

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

We just have three announcements this week regarding new links, the interfaces webinar, and tools to assist your transition. Read this communication from Peter Kinhan to learn more.

NEW ICD-10 Webinar Topics – Your input is needed!

Message from GE Healthcare:

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Customers:

This week, we have two important announcements regarding upcoming webinars:

Interface webinar: We have received requests for a session on interfaces. To help assist us in developing the appropriate content for this session, please complete the embedded survey by June 10th.

Specialty-specific workflow webinars: The topics for our specialty-specific webinars are Orthopedics, Family Medicine / Primary Care, Cardiology, and Obstetrics / Gynecology.

Please read the communication from Peter Kinhan for more details.

New ICD-10 Resources & Webinar Links

Message from GE Healthcare:

Our teams have designed a thorough program to help you make a smooth transition to ICD-10, and thousands of you have already begun to take advantage of these resources. This communication brings a few of these key elements to your attention and introduces additional links for recent and upcoming webinars. Click HERE for more information!

ICD-10 Webinars – Recent & Upcoming

Message from GE Healthcare:

Last week, we kicked off our new ICD-10 webinar series. Due to overwhelming demand for these webinars, we scheduled yesterdays and all future sessions for this series in a higher-capacity platform. We apoligize for any inconvenience attendees may have experienced. All previous sessions were recorded and are being posted to the new ICD-10 communities section of the Service Portal. We encourage anyone who was unable to attend live to watch these recordings at their convenience and post questions to the portal. The same experts who gave the sessions will monitor and respond to your questions there.

The demand for this series is understandable – the transition to ICD-10 has the potential to decrease your team’s productivity and disrupt cash flows.

Our team has assembled a comprehensive ecosystem of offerings to help you strengthen financial performance to offset the impact of the ICD-10 transition on your practice. We strongly encourage you to join the remaining webinars for this week. Read our communication to learn more.

Visit New ICD-10 Community & Register for New ICD-10 Webinars

Message from GE Healthcare:

As we mentioned in our prior communication, GE Healthcare expects the ICD-10 transition deadline to remain October 1, 2015, and there is much that practices need to do to prepare. Our teams have designed a thorough program to help you make a smooth transition during this period of change. GE Healthcare is pleased to announce the launch of a new collaboration site for ICD-10 on the Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Service Portal and share the registration links for additional upcoming webinars. Read our communication for more details.

ICD-10 WEBINAR SERIES: Prepare Now for a Smooth Transition

Notice from GE Healthcare:

We are pleased to announce a new complimentary webinar series desgined to help you prepare for ICD-10. GE Healthcare expects the ICD-10 transition deadline to remain October 1, 2015, and there is much that practices need to do to prepare.

We recommend that you begin coding in ICD-10 at least two to three months prior to the deadline to leave ample time to audit your staff’s accuracy and reduce the risk of cash flow disruptions. As such, we strongly recommend you allow adequate time to design, implement, test and train on your ICD-10 solution.

Join our expert presenters for an in-depth webinar series that will help you build a robust transition plan.

Click here for more details.

Webinar: Thriving in an Age of Consumerism: Focus on Patient Engagement Technology

A FREE web event sponsored by Medfusion Patient Portal:

Date: February 24th          Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EST)

As patients become more price sensitive and shop around for their healthcare, is your practice prepared to adapt?

It’s not just good enough to install patient-facing technology; discover how to harness it to create a win/win for your patients – and your practice.

Join practice operations expert Elizabeth Woodcock to explore how to effectively integrate patient engagement technology to enhance patient communication, improve referral management, retain patients and reach Meaningful Use goals.

Register for this FREE web event today!

PQRS UPDATE: Simplified workflow for 2014

Notice from GE Healthcare:

Customers who have not yet finished applying SOP codes may now use the following workflow.
Part 1: Please review the following required and optional steps

(a) Assign initial SOP codes:
1. Required:  Apply Medicare FFS SOP code.
2. Optional:  Apply any other non-Medicare SOP codes.
Remember, if you have already applied any other Medicare codes (including “Medicare Non-managed Care other” code), we recommend you map those to “Unavailable/Unknown” before proceeding.

(b) Send data to CQR (via new script to reset subscription) and Calculate.
(c) Filter by Insurance: Medicare.
(d) Select measures to meet the CMS Medicare FFS reporting guidance.
(See instructions in Measure Selection & Provider Authorization webinar slides and recording.)

Part 2: Please review the following required and optional steps.
a) Optional: Assign remaining SOP codes:
1. Apply remaining Medicare SOP codes.
2. If in Part 1(a) you had mapped non-FFS Medicare plans to “Unavailable/Unknown”, you may re-map those to the appropriate non-FFS Medicare code before proceeding.
b) If you performed Part 2(a), send data to CQR (via script to reset subscription) and Recalculate.
a) Required: Authorize (See instructions in Measure Selection & Provider Authorization webinar slides and recording.)

BREAKING NEWS: CMS relaxes PQRS 2014 requirement to apply all SOP codes

Notice from GE Healthcare:

Dear Quality Submission Service Participant:

We have some important news about the PQRS 2014 SOP code program requirements that we believe will provide significant relief for customers who are still in the process of applying SOP codes. This news includes updated guidance from CMS in addition to the creation of a new CQM script.

RELAXED SOP CODE REQUIRMENTS FOR 2014

GE Healthcare has been working with CMS over the last months to clarify the application of SOP codes for health plans. In our recent communications with you (webinars on 1/22 & 2/3; email on 2/4), we outlined GE’s interpretation of the PQRS 2014 requirements. CMS confirmed our interpretation but also acknowledged that there has been confusion among vendors in the use of the detailed SOP codes for PQRS submissions.

Yesterday, CMS stated an important change to the PQRS guidelines that adds customer flexibility:

• It is now acceptable, at your discretion, to ONLY apply SOP codes to the Medicare FFS (Part B) plans for PQRS 2014 reporting and to categorize the remaining health plans in a single broad health plan “Category D – Other.”
• Our customers may leave the non-Medicare FFS plans uncoded and these will be mapped by CQR to broad health plan “Category D – Other” without any intervention on your part.
• Please see the attached document for details on applying this guidance.
Please note: Our guidance to report on at least 9 measures across 3 domains that each represent a significant Medicare FFS initial patient population remains unchanged.

CUSTOMERS WHO HAVE ALREADY FULLY COMPLETED THEIR SOP CODE MAPPINGS:

CMS advised us to inform our customers that the requirement to apply SOP codes for all payers will be reinstated for PQRS submissions for the 2015 reporting year. Therefore, if you have already fully completed your SOP code mappings, according to our previously issued workflow for the 2014 program year, rest assured that you do not need to un-map any previously assigned SOP codes with this CMS clarification. You are well positioned for the 2015 program year when the requirement goes into effect.

New “Reset CQM Subscription” Script 

In addition to the welcome news from CMS, we are pleased to announce the availability of the “Reset CQM Subscription” script, as discussed on our February 3rd. CPS and CEMR customers will be able to download the script from the service portal once it is posted later today. After applying SOP codes in Part 1 (a), you must reset the Clinical Quality Measures subscription to transmit the data to CQR, and this new script automates that subscription reset process.

We welcome yesterday’s response from CMS and hope this news helps you more easily meet the requirement to authorize your providers by February 13, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Centricity Support at 888-436-8491 (Option 2, Option 3).  If you have specific questions on the SOP rules, you can also contact the Sage Growth Partners SOP Hotline at 667-217-3650. For expedited service, please request that the support representative record “PQRS” at the beginning of the description of the support ticket.

Sincerely,
Peter Kinhan
Vice President & General Manager,
Ambulatory Practice Solutions
GE Healthcare IT

PQRS Webinar – Reschedule Date

Notice from GE Healthcare:

Dear Valued Quality Submission Services Customer,

We are writing to apologize for the issues with yesterdays PQRS Insurance Webinar. We know your time is valuable and are committed to equipping you with the information you need to meet the upcoming timelines. We will be conducting another webinar on Tuesday, February 3rd at 12 EST, with more robust information and instructions and hope that you are able to join us then.

Informational webinar: Updating Insurance and Transmitting to CQR

DATE: February 3, 2015     TIME: 9:00-10:00 AM PST / 12:00-1:00 PM EST        Registration Link

 

Thank you for your support,

Centricity Team

PQRS WEBINAR: Updating Insurance & Transmitting to CQR

Notice from GE Healthcare:

January 29, 2015

QSS Webinar for PQRS on January 30: Updating and Transmitting to CQR

Dear Quality Submission Service Participant:

We have received a number of questions about the process to update insurance. Please join us for a webinar that will review how to apply Source of Payment (SOP) codes and describe how to transmit the data to Clinical Quality Reporting (CQR). Our team of experts will be available to answer your questions.

The slides and recording will be posted to the Service Portal after the presentation.

Informational webinar: Updating Insurance and Transmitting to CQR

DATE: January 30, 2015       TIME: 9:00-10:00 AM PST / 12:00-1:00 PM EST     WEBINAR REGISTRATION LINK

Reminder:You MUST install Service Pack 7 in order to apply the Source of Payment codes. Update insurance information as soon as possible after the webinar, measure selection and provider authorization cannot be completed until this step is performed.

If you have any questions, please contact Centricity Support at 888-436-8491 (option 2, option 3). For expedited service, please request the support representative record “PQRS” at the beginning of the description of the support ticket.

Thank you, GE Healthcare

QSS Deadline for PQRS: Step 6 Due February 7th

Notice from GE Healthcare:

January 27, 2015

Dear Quality Submission Service Participant:

We appreciate your continued attention to necessary preparations for GE Healthcare’s Quality Submission Service (QSS) program for PQRS 2014. Please take a moment to review the following details about important final steps and reference the insightful materials indicated below. We understand that it will take more time to complete the remaining tasks in preparation for provider authorization. As such, we have extended the Step 6 deadline to February 7th. Please continue to expedite your preparations. We are eager to support you as you seek to participate in the PQRS program and your adherence to these timelines will enable us to do so.

Step 6 – MUST BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY 7TH

Complete Upgrade, Update Insurance and Authorize

  • Complete upgrade to Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) 12.0.7 or Centricity EMR (CEMR) 9.8.7 or higher. (For instructions review pp. 10-23 of the CPS release notes or pp. 10-12 of the CEMR release notes which were updated on January 26).
  • Update insurance information (Review recently-updated slides in conjunction with previously-recorded webinar for instructions). PLEASE NOTE: Information in updated slides supersedes information in recording. CMS requires data for all payers as part of the submission. In order to ensure you meet the requirements to report on Medicare FFS data, we recommend you apply Source of Payment codes in a 2-part process: PART 1: Apply Medicare FFS and non-Medicare SOP codes PRIOR to measure selection. PART 2: Apply remaining Medicare SOP codes AFTER measure selection BUT BEFORE authorization. Instructions for Transmitting Source of Payment Data to Clinical Quality Reporting (CQR) before and after Part 2 are now available.
  • Authorize submission of provider measures in CQR (Watch recorded webinar and review slides for instructions).

As a part of step 6, regardless of any prior agreements with or communications to GE Healthcare on QSS, you MUST complete provider authorization in order for GE Healthcare to submit the authorized provider’s data to CMS for PQRS 2014.

  • NOTE: Complete the upgrade and update insurance information as early as possible; measure selection and provider authorization cannot be completed until these steps are performed. QSS Participants are solely responsible for the providers selected for authorization and quality measures chosen for submission to quality reporting programs offered by GE Healthcare.

If you have any questions, please contact Centricity Support at 888-436-8491 (option 2, option 3). For expedited service, please request that the support representative record “PQRS” at the beginning of the description of the support ticket.

Thank you, GE Healthcare

Patient Education Transition of Service

Notice from GE Healthcare:

We want to ensure you saw the following notice that was communicated via email and posted to the Service Portal on November 21, 2014. Slides and the recording from the referenced webinar are available in the “View Past Webinars” section of the Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR Service Portals. Sincerely, GE Healthcare

Patient Education Transition of Service

Dear Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR customers:

We want to make you aware of an important change to the patient education material we support. As a reminder, the embedded ExitCare handouts we have historically supplied do NOT support your providers for Meaningful Use (MU) 2014. As a result, GE Healthcare has partnered with Truven to provide CareNotes patient education materials to all current Centricity Practice Solution (CPS) and Centricity EMR (CEMR) customers at no additional charge. Theses materials offer numerous benefits:

  • Over 8,400 education documents, covering problems, medications, and allergies.
  • Regular upgrades, maintenance, and support.
  • All documents available in English and Spanish and some in significantly more languages.
  • Support for MU Stage 2 Core Measure 13 (Patient-Specific Education) when accessed via the InfoButton from CPS 12 and CEMR 9.8.

For an additional cost you may also subscribe to provider referential information that supports MU Stage 2 Core Measure 6 (Clinical Decision Support) when accessed via the InfoButton.

 

  • If you have upgraded to CPS 12 or CEMR 9.8: Follow the instructions in the InfoButton Statement and Survey letter sent in April to configure your system for access to patient education via the InfoButton.
  • If you have NOT upgraded to CPS 12 or CEMR 9.8 – OR if you also want online access:You can still access the Truven patient education. Follow these Instructions for Online Access to Truven Patient Education to add a shortcut to your desktop. PLEASE NOTE: Online access will NOT count toward MU 2014.

To make this transition even easier, we will walk you through these instructions step by step in the following informational webinar.

Activating and Accessing Truven CareNotes Patient Education DATE: December 5, 2014 TIME: 10:30-11:00AM PST (1:30-2:00PM EST)

Should you wish to continue using ExitCare patient education after the embedded handouts expire, you may contract with Elsevier directly via email or by phone at 800-694-6669 ext 1, for other access options, such as online access, for an additional fee. PLEASE NOTE: Online access will NOT count toward MU 2014.

We expect the Truven CareNotes patient education content to satisfy a broader range of your patient education needs and more easily keep your educational materials current. If you have any questions about this transition, contact Centricity Suport Services at 1-888-436-8491.

Sincerely,

Peter Kinhan, Vice President & General Manger, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, GE Healthcare IT

Live Webinar: 6 Steps to Denial Management in CPS

CHUG Encore Presentation Webinar – 6 Steps to Denial Management in CPS
Date/Time: January 29, 2015, 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Speaker: Angela Hunsberger, Senior Healthcare Consultant, Hayes Management Consulting.

Join us for an encore presentation! In case you missed it during the Centricity Healthcare User Group (CHUG) fall conference, Angela Hunsberger will be discussing best practices and system tools to help track denials and automate tasks for unpaid claims using Centricity Practice Solutions.

During our webinar you will learn:

  • Methods to identify common denial codes by payor
  • How to automate denial management workflows using existing CPS tools, including (but not limited to) remittance, visit owners and task management
  • Tips and tricks for working non-payment appeals from real CPS users

Click here to register : simply fill out the form and press “Submit” to sign up for our webinar.

MU Crystal Reports v1.10.4 now available

Message from GE Healthcare:

December 22, 2014

Dear Centricity Customers:

The Meaningful Use Crystal Reports that support Meaningful Use 2013 criteria have been updated to support Patient Level Detail. The package includes all changes from versions 1.10, 1.10.2, and 1.10.3. It updates all Functional Measures to display Patient Level Details when running the reports in Centricity Practice Solution v12.0 and Centricity EMR v9.8.

We recommend that you run these patient level detail reports and save them for audit purposes. For more details, please reference the release notes for CPS and CEMR that we have posted to the service portal.

As a reminder, these reports are available to support the MU Flexibility rule finalized by CMS August 29, 2014, where some Eligible Professionals (EPs) may qualify to use alternate methods for attesting for Meaningful Use in 2014. Review the recorded webinar and CMS Meaningful Use Flexibility Scenario Tool on the service portal for further details on the available flexibility options.

Sincerely,

Peter Kinhan, Vice President & General Manager, Ambulatory Practice Solutions, GE Healthcare IT

QSS Reminder for PQRS: Step 4 due December 5th

December 5, 2014

Dear Quality Submission Service Participant:

We appreciate your interest in GE Healthcare’s Quality Submission Service (QSS) program for PQRS. Please take a moment to review the details about important next steps in the Step By Step guide  (updated December 4th). We have adjusted the timeframes to allow you more time to complete your upgrade to Service Pack 7. New timelines are outlined below and are reflected in the updated guide which is available on the Service Portal.

Step 4: Due December 5th

Contract for QSS – Sign & submit the GE change order (quotation) for QSS.

Step 5: Due December 31st

Implement CQR & Plan Upgrade –

  • Implement Clincial Quality Reporting (CQR) NOTE: If you have not yet contracted for this, please: email sales  immediately. If you have contracted, please continue to work with your assigned project manager or GE resource to schedule and complete your CQR installation.
  • Plan your upgrade to Centricity Practice Solution 12.0.7 or Centricity EMR 9.8.7 or higher. NOTE: Service Pack 7 is anticipated to be available in early/mid December. If you are in need of our service pack upgrade assistance, and if you have not yet contracted for this, please email sales . If you have contracted, please continue to work with your assigned project manager or GE resource to schedule and complete your upgrade.

Step 6: Due January 31st

Complete Upgrade, Update Insurance and Authorize

  • Complete upgrade to CPS 12.0.7 or CEMR 9.8.7 or higher (once available).
  • Update insurance information.
  • Authorize submission of provider measures in CQR. NOTE: Complete the upgrade and update insurance information as early as possible; measure and provider authorization cannot be completed until those steps are performed.

As a part of step 6, you MUST update insurance information so the patient visits will be recognized for the PQRS program. Please review the PQRS insurance update instructions that we have posted to the Service Portal and join us for an informational webinar to learn how to complete this step.

Informational webinar: Capturing PQRS insurance

Date: December 12, 2014              Time: 10:30AM-11:00AM PST     1:30PM-2:00PM EST            Webinar Registration Link

If you have any questions, please contact Centricity Support at 888-436-8491 (Option 2, Option 3).

Thank you, GE Healthcare

Optimizing Your Centricity Webinar Series from GE Healthcare

Optimizing Your Centricity Solution webinar series is to begin the week of December 1st.

“Your Centricity Education team is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new educational series, Optimizing Your Centricity Solutiongeared toward enhancing your experience with your Centricity Practice Solution and Centricity EMR products. This educational series will highlight the native functionality of your products, providing you and your organization’s users with tips to enhance your productivity and efficiency and streamline Practice Management and EMR workflows. ”

To Register for this series or  for more information click here

Free Webinar: CMS Meaningful Use Q&A

Centricity Healthcare User Group strives to provide you with the most up to date information.  There are times that vendors will have free webinars available.  Because these webinars could be useful to your practice, we wanted the information available to you.

 

Date/Time: November 19, 2014, 3:30PM – 4:30PM EST

Speaker: Justine Smith, Healthcare Consultant, Hayes Management Consulting

Regulation in healthcare is constantly evolving and so much has changed, just in the past few months. We would like to share our experience and help guide you through the ins and outs of GE Centricity and Meaningful Use, as well as provide a question and answer panel as requested at the recent CHUG conferences.

If you haven’t started Meaningful Use, it’s not too late, but there are important deadlines coming that you will want to make sure to meet. It is no longer just about incentives, as the penalties are here! Please join us for an overview of key topics as well as a question and answer session.

During our webinar you will learn:

  • Important dates that you won’t want to miss
  • Flexibility and hardship exemptions
  • What’s ahead in 2015 and beyond
  • Meaningful Use readiness, including audit preparation
  • Valuable resources that you should be using

Simply fill out this form and press “Register” to sign up for our webinar.