Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Doctors' Office Quality - Information Technology (DOQ-IT) - A special study to develop an approach to promoting adoption and use of information technologies in the physician office and reporting of information to Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs).
VistA - Office EHR - Modify / repackage VistA (the Veteran's Administration EHR software) for the physician office setting.
Medicare Care Management Performance Demonstration - Establish a three-year, pay-for-performance pilot with physicians to promote the adoption and effective use of HIT to improve the quality of patient care for chronically ill Medicare patients. CMS will offer financial incentives to physician offices that meet performance standards in delivery systems and outcomes.
Medicare Health Care Quality Demonstration Program - Section 646 of the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) mandates a 5-year demonstration program under which CMS will test major changes to improve quality of care while increasing efficiency across an entire health care system. The Demonstration recognizes the use of health IT to improve quality.
Physician self-referral exception: Phase II of physician self-referral regulations includes exception for community-wide health information systems - Removes the regulatory barrier to allow for the furnishing of technology items or services to physicians to enable their participation in community-wide health information systems.
E-prescribing hearings to develop, adopt, recognize, or modify initial e-prescribing standards. Pilot project to test initial standards. - Participate in NCVHS hearings regarding e-prescribing standards in 2004 and 2005. Develop, adopt, recognize, or modify initial uniform standards not later than Sept. 1, 2005. During 2006 calendar year, conduct pilot project to test initial e-prescribing standards, unless the Secretary determines the industry has adequate experience with such standards.
EMR Focus Groups - Pacific Consulting Group, under contract with CMS, will conduct 12 focus groups of providers to identify the issues and barriers that would prevent them from using electronic medical records, and suggestions they may have for addressing these issues. The focus groups will be organized as follows: three Part A, three Part B, three durable medical equipment (DME) providers, two rural providers, and one billing agent. Six of these focus groups will be in person, while six will meet via conference call. Focus groups are planned for the following cities: Boston or New York City, Florida or Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco.
CMS Virtual Call Center - The goal of CMS' Virtual Call Center is to improve beneficiary telephone customer service through the implementation of various initiatives for efficient and effective handling of all types of inquiries. The first phase involves, among other things, improvements in the Web-based application that allows phone representatives to retrieve clinical information about the beneficiary (such as date of last pap smear or colonoscopy). The second phase involves allowing beneficiaries to access clinical information about themselves through a Web-based application.
--Michael 15:22, 17 April 2006 (CDT)