Thank you for the difference you make in your patients’ lives. Many of our nation’s best and brightest students go into medicine – the competition is intense for every spot. To become a practicing physician, you had to put in years of training, hours of studying, and long days and nights on the wards.
Your dedication and commitment have enabled you to join the profession that makes up the core of our healthcare system. But after years of education, training, and hard work, our system is not fully leveraging your expertise. Instead, doctors today spend far too much of their time on burdensome and often mindless administrative tasks.
From reporting on measures that demand that you follow complicated and redundant processes, to documenting lines of text that add no value to a patient’s medical record, to hunting down records and faxes from other physicians and sifting through them, wasteful tasks are draining energy and taking time away from patients. Our system has taken our most brilliant students and put them to work clicking through screens and copying and pasting. We have arrived at the point where today’s physicians are burning out, retiring early, or even second-guessing their decision to go into medicine.
In a recent Medscape survey of over 15,000 physicians, 42 percent reported burnout.
Enough is enough. CMS’s focus is on putting patients first, and that means protecting the doctor-patient relationship. We believe that you should be able to focus on delivering care to patients, not sitting in front of at a computer screen.
Washington is to blame for many of the frustrations with the current system, as policies that have been put forth as solutions either have not worked or have moved us in the opposite direction. Electronic Health Records were supposed to make it easier for you to record notes, and the government spent $30 billion to encourage their uptake. But the inability to exchange records between systems – and the increasing requirements for information that must be documented – has turned this tool into a serious distraction from patient care.
CMS is committed to turning the tide. President Trump has made it clear that he wants all agencies to cut the red tape, and CMS is no exception. Last year, we launched our “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative, under which we have been working to reduce the burden of unnecessary rules and requirements. As part of this effort, we have proposed an overhaul of the Evaluation & Management (E&M) documentation and coding system to dramatically reduce the amount of time you have to spend inputting unnecessary information into your patients’ records. E&M visits make up 40 percent of all charges for Medicare physician payment, so changes to the documentation requirements for these codes would have wide-reaching impact.
The current system of codes includes 5 levels for office visits – level 1 is primarily used by nonphysician practitioners, while physicians and other practitioners use levels 2-5. The differences between levels 2-5 can be difficult to discern, as each level has unique documentation requirements that are time-consuming and confusing.
We’ve proposed to move from a system with separate documentation requirements for each of the 4 levels that physicians use to a system with just one set of requirements, and one payment level each for new and established patients. Most specialties would see changes in their overall Medicare payments in the range of 1-2 percent up or down from this policy, but we believe that any small negative payment adjustments would be outweighed by the significant reduction in documentation burden. If you add up the amount of time saved for clinicians across America in one year from our proposal, it would come to more than 500 years of additional time available for patient care.
In addition to streamlining documentation, under the leadership of the White House’s Office of American Innovation, we are advancing the MyHealthEData Initiative which promotes the interoperability of electronic medical records. Patients must have control of their medical information; and physicians need visibility into a patient’s complete medical record. Having all of a patient’s information available to inform clinical decision-making saves time, improves quality, and reduces unnecessary and duplicative tests and procedures. CMS is taking action to make this vision a reality, including recently proposing a redesign of the incentives in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System or “MIPS” to focus on rewarding the sharing of healthcare data securely with patients and their providers.
We welcome your thoughts on our proposals, and we look forward to partnering with you to make them successful. Patients and their families put their trust in your hands, and you should be able to focus on keeping them healthy. And to secure the future strength of our system, we must make sure that the nation’s best students continue to choose to go into medicine.
We need your input to improve the healthcare system. Once again, thank you for your service to your patients.
MEIPASS Open for 2017 Meaningful Use Attestations
MEIPASS is now open for Payment Year 2017 Modified Stage 2 and Stage 3 Meaningful Use (MU) attestations! For Payment Year 2017 the full attestation can be completed within MEIPASS.
1. Attest in MEIPASS
2. Deadline to attest in MEIPASS for Payment Year 2017 MU is 10/15/018
Visit MEIPASS to begin your MU Attestation.
There are still spaces available in the upcoming Paid Family Leave webinars for health care providers.
As a health care provider, you play a critical role in certifying medical documentation in a timely manner and raising awareness of Paid Family Leave among your patients and their families.
This presentation will provide an overview of Paid Family Leave and health care providers' role in the process, and point you to some helpful resources. There will be time at the end for questions and answers as well.
Tuesday, July 31, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Register here
Tuesday, August 7, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Register here
When you click 'Register here', you will be taken to a general information page. You must click 'Register' on the bottom of that page to sign up.
More Information is Available
Complete details on Paid Family Leave are available at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including request forms and downloadable guides specifically for health care providers.
You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for more information or assistance.
To access the Quality Payment Program Portal, you’ll need your EIDM User ID and Password. Once logged in, you can:
Creating an EIDM Account
CMS has established the EIDM system to provide clinicians and practices with a single User ID that can be used to access one or more CMS Applications.
How to Obtain an EIDM Account
If you do not have an EIDM account, navigate to the CMS Enterprise Portal and select ‘New User Registration’ to create one. The following information is required for registration:
Your organization or CMS can help you identify the information needed for your application.
Once you complete your EIDM account registration, you will receive an e-mail acknowledging your successful account creation with your EIDM User ID. Use your unique EIDM User ID and Password to login to the Quality Payment Program Portal.
For More Information:
MCMS Executive Director Christopher Bell to speak on "Provider Vitality."
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The CMS Data Element Library Webinar
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar to provide information on and discuss features of the recently launched Data Element Library (DEL).
The audio portion of this webinar will be broadcast through the web. You can listen to the presentation through your computer speakers. If you cannot hear audio through your computer speakers, please contact CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com.
Dial in numbers for the Q&A portion over the phone will be published during the webinar.
Billing Manual 6.26.2018.PDF
The information contained in the billing manual, subject to required State and Federal approvals, reflects the billing structures for the Children’s System Transformation scheduled to begin on January 1, 2019. TBD Billing criteria will be updated by the State. Future updates will only supplement current information, not change what is already in place.
Please use this manual to begin preparation of your claiming systems.
A supplemental billing manual, New York State Children’s Health and Behavioral Health (BH) Services – Children’s Medicaid System Transformation Guidance for the Transitional Period, will be released shortly that will include guidance on transitional billing procedures, including transitional billing procedures for waiver providers that will transition to Health Home rates and for HCBS services that will transition to State Plan services after January 1, 2019.
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Monroe County has consolidated opioid-related web content -- Health, Law Enforcement (in progress), training, general overview -- in one website: