HIMSS16 to Feature Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) Education Session


MEA|NEA|TWSG, Inc., the recognized leader in secure health information exchange and electronic attachments for medical and dental providers, announces that its client, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, along with a representative of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, are presenting an education session about electronic submission of medical documentation (esMD) at HIMSS16. The session, “Improving Workflow and Increasing Efficiencies with the CMS esMD Electronic Solution,” (session No. 248) is scheduled for Mar. 3, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. as part of healthcare’s largest annual conference and tradeshow.

Session presenters include Joyce Davis, deputy director, Division of Division of Compliance Projects and Demonstrations at CMS, and Rudy Braccili, Jr., MBA, AAHAM-CRCE, executive director, revenue cycle services at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida.

During the hour-long educational session, Davis and Braccili will discuss the following learning objectives: the history and origin of esMD; the role health information exchange plays in esMD; results achieved by Boca Raton Regional Hospital by participating in esMD; recommendations for navigating esMD and how health systems can best work with CMS through esMD.

The value of esMD cannot be overstated. Boca Raton Regional Hospital has saved more than $4 million since it began using esMD to electronically transmit medical documentation to support Medicare claims adjudication. In addition, because of esMD the hospital continues to see reduction in labor and supply costs, as well as an increase in overall net revenue, Braccili points out in the presentation.

The goals of esMD remain as simple and clear as when the program began: reduce improper payment through prior-authorization and encourage better documentation; minimize provider burden through electronic communication; and promote standards to facilitate electronic information exchange, Davis notes in the presentation.

“esMD is an incredibly important component of electronic information and electronic attachment exchange, providing quicker turnaround of claims than paper, and reducing labor and shipping costs,” said Lindy Benton, president and CEO or MEA|NEA|TWSG, the certified health information handler (HIH) with the most exchanges in the market, according to CMS, based on volume of medical documentation exchanged. Health information handlers provide the exchange gateway between health systems and CMS for esMD.

Electronic attachments is an explosively growing area of health information exchange. For example, since 2014, MEA|NEA|TWSG exchanged more than 540,000 esMD attachments and more than 14 million esMD pages; more than 89,000 non-esMD attachments and 395,000 pages; and more than 33 million electronic attachments from dental practices.

“HIMSS recognizes the importance of such an important topic by supporting this education session, which will contain vitally important information required of health system leaders who look for ways to identify means to increase revenue and lower costs for their organizations,” Benton added.

Continuing education credits (CEC) are available for the session, including: CME 1.00; CNE 1.00; CHE 1.00; AHIMA 1.00; CAHIMS 1.00; CPHIMS 1.00; PDU 1.00; and ABPM LLSA 1.00.

For more information about the session, visit http://www.himssconference.org/session/improving-workflow-and-increasing-efficiencies-cms-esmd-electronic-solution


MEA|NEA|TWSG is an industry leader in cloud storage, electronic attachment, health information exchange and revenue cycle enhancement for payers and providers managing the secure exchange of health information, providing critical functionality to payers, medical and dental providers and other agents. MEA|NEA solutions facilitate secure electronic requests for medical and dental records and documentation to connected network providers for payment integrity, risk adjustment, audit tracking, performance/quality measures, claim attachments and more. Similarly, its technology enables providers to gain productivity via the electronic capture, storage and submission of healthcare documentation; to more effectively manage their revenue cycle; and to reduce claim denials. www.mea-fast.com | www.nea-fast.com

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