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Client Services Tidbit: Meet the VITL Support Team

VITL's client services support team monitors the daily operations of the Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE), which has more than 720 different inbound and outbound interface connections to health care organizations around the state. This requires the use of multiple monitoring and alerting tools to ensure that nearly 250,000 daily data messages are processed correctly. The tools help the team find connection issues, corrupted messages which impact flow, or other problems. Any issues are analyzed and resolved, which includes notifying the affected organization.

eHealth Tidbit: How to Prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit

Any provider attesting to receive an EHR incentive payment for either the Medicare or Medicaid programs can potentially be subject to an audit. Here's what you need to know to make sure you are prepared.

Your documentation should include either a report from your EHR system or screenshots to support the yes/no measures. If these reports do not include evidence that they were generated by the EHR, such as including the EHR logo, you should also create step-by-step screenshots showing how the reports were generated.

eHealth Tidbit - Hot Topics in Meaningful Use

By eHealth Specialist Kat Meyer

eHealth Tidbit - Business Associate Agreements

By eHealth Specialist Jennifer Lavalley

Do you ever question whether a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) should be put into place between your organization and an organization you are associated or working with? We have put together a “Top 10” list to help you decide when a BAA is necessary.

Top 10 reasons for using a BAA:

Meaningful Use Reference Guide

By eHealth Specialist Fran Clark

Achieving Meaningful Use can be a confusing and challenging endeavor for providers and their staff. VITL understands your frustration and has created a Meaningful Use Reference Guide with helpful websites for eligible professionals and their staff. The information located at these sites may assist you in working toward the Meaningful Use requirements.

eHealth Tidbit - Proposed Meaningful Use Changes

By eHealth Specialist Betsey Walton

On April 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a new proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The goals are to align Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3, build progress toward program milestones, reduce complexity and simplify providers’ reporting.

To accomplish these goals, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes:

What is a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis?

By eHealth Specialist Ann Guilmette

A HIPAA security risk analysis is a process that helps ensure that a practice is following national security standards for protected health information (PHI). It involves a thorough look at a practice, with a particular focus on information technology security standards. As part of the analysis someone in the office--typically a physician or a practice manager--should be designated as the HIPAA security officer, who will:

Ready, Set, Attest!

By eHealth Specialist Kat Meyer

IMPORTANT UPDATE, March 2, 2015:

New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals: March 20, 2015

Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.

Tips for 2015 Changes to Meaningful Use Attestation

By Fran Clark, VITL eHealth Specialist

Whether you are attesting for Stage 1 or Stage 2, start the year off strong by being prepared for significant changes to Meaningful Use. Key changes that may affect your ability to attest to Meaningful Use in 2015 include:

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