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information with greater frequency and expect accuracy and completeness. 8. More quality measures; CMS’ long-term goals – electronic reporting and alignment with other re- porting programs – remain intact. Both EPs and EHs will face a signifi cant uptick in clinical quality measure (CQM) reporting requirements, with CMS proposing 12 total requirements for EPs (up from six) and 24 total requirements for EHs (up from 15). While CMS is currently unable to accept electronic reporting other than through its pilot programs, it expects to roll out electronic reporting broadly in 2014. 9. The Offi ce of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) sister rule proposes a more fl exible certifi cation process and greater utilization of standards. While the ONC standards and certifi cation rule will be the subject of later analysis, providers should stay aware of this sister rule, which articulates the standards providers are required to follow to achieve meaningful use. It also outlines a new methodology for maintenance of certifi ed electronic health record (EHR) technology, which aims to give pro- viders the leeway to possess only those certifi ed capabili- ties they will actually implement and use. 10. Payment adjustments begin in 2015. Providers that successfully attested in 2011 or 2012 will need to achieve meaningful use in 2013 to avoid a payment adjustment in 2015. Providers that have yet to achieve meaningful use by 2013 must attest to meaningful use three months before the close of the 2014 payment year to avoid a 2015 penalty. Providers must continue to demonstrate increasingly complex stages of meaningful use to continue to avoid penalties. The Advisory Board Company’s Protima Advani,

Robin Raiford and Tony Panjamapirom also contributed to this piece. Learn more at www.advisory.com.

HIMSS, AHIMA offer ICD-10 online toolkit ICD-10

EVENTS APRIL

Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health Through High-Impact IT, April 2-4, Chicago, will focus on approaches, challenges and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. This event is geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations. www.interconnected-health.org

AHIMA’s 2012 ICD-10 Summit: Strategies for a Successful ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition, April 16-17, Baltimore, is a two-day program that will address ICD-10 implementation, meaningful use, industry preparedness and risk assessment. The new exhibits area will showcase the latest ICD-10 products and services. www.ahima.org/events

The World Health Care Congress Inaugural Chief Medical Offi cer Summit, April 16-18, Washington, D.C., convenes chief medical offi cers from the nation’s largest hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks and health plans with a focus on prevention and wellness business and care delivery models, innovative care management strategies and decreasing utilization. www.worldcongress.com/events/HR12000

JUNE

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2012 Annual Meeting, June 7-10, Orlando, is the place to discover today’s imaging informatics essentials and trends. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide for dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors. www.siim2012.org

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute

Is your organization still dragging its feet on ICD-10 planning and implementation? Fear

not. Help is only a click away. Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have jointly developed and released “ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started – 2012 and Beyond,” a free, online tool that details the steps that healthcare providers must follow in the next 20 months (February 2012 to October 2013) to meet the ICD-10 coding conversion compliance deadline of October 1, 2013. Follow the timeline in the critical path tool, and you should be good to go. Access the toolkit in .pdf format at http://tinyurl. com/88g46ss.

www.healthmgttech.com

2012, June 20-22, Salt Lake City, invites you to join thousands of health insurance decision makers and guest speaker Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, for a unique combination of educational sessions and workshops focused solely on health insurance issues. www.ahip.org/Conferences/Institute2012

ANI: The 2012 HFMA National Institute, June 24-27, Las Vegas, presents fi nancial management how-to solutions for pressing challenges like reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles. www.hfmaconference.org

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