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CMS Extends Clinical Quality Measure RFI Comment Period

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its comment period for its clinical quality measures request for information (RFI). The comment period for the Request for Information: Certification Frequency and...

ICD-10 Acknowledgement Testing Checklist for Providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

While ICD-10 acknowledgment testing is available any day of the year up until October 1, 2015, CMS is taking the first week in March to host another dedicated opportunity for providers.  The testing weeks serve as way to gather data...

CMS is Prepared for ICD-10 Implementation, GAO Report Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is adequately preparing for ICD-10 implementation to go ahead on October 1, 2015, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published late last week.  Both Medicare and Medicaid agencies have taken the...

Marilyn Tavenner’s Exit from CMS Brings Praise, Speculation

by Jennifer Bresnick

After five years at the helm of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner took a bow late last week, announcing her resignation in an email to staff.  The healthcare industry was quick to offer its praise to the...

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner Resigns Her Position

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, a key player in the industry’s ongoing adoption of EHRs and meaningful use, has resigned her position after a five-year tenure, a number of news outlets reported this morning.  In an email to CMS...

89 New Accountable Care Organizations join Medicare Program

by Jennifer Bresnick

Dozens of new accountable care organizations will take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) starting in January. Eighty-nine accountable care organizations (ACOs) have joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in a...

CMS Adds More Quality of Care Data to Comparison Sites

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is expanding the quality of care data available on several of its patient-facing websites. Consumers looking for information about the quality of care they can expect at their healthcare providers will be able to browse more...

CMS Does a Poor Job on Healthcare Cost, Quality Data, GAO Says

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS must improve the transparency of its quality and cost data for Medicare beneficiaries, GAO said in a new report. CMS does not present its healthcare cost and quality data in a way that allows consumers to make informed decisions about...

CMS pays out $24.8B in meaningful use incentives through July

by Jennifer Bresnick

The pace of Stage 2 meaningful use attestation among eligible providers and hospitals is picking up steam after a slow start earlier this year, contributing to more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments cashed by the healthcare industry...

July 15: WEDI, CMS begin meaningful use webinar series

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and CMS will be hosting a three-part webinar series focused on the EHR Incentive Programs.  The series, titles “Getting the Most Out of Meaningful Use,” will address recent...

Payments changes proposed for Medicare home health agencies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) with the aim of providing “greater efficiency, flexibility, payment accuracy, and improved...

MGMA urges CMS to provide guidance on EFT transfer payments

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner urging more oversight for electronic funds transfers (EFTs) for the payments of medical services.  While the Affordable Care Act...

CMS begins restructuring of Quality Improvement Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken its first step toward improving its efforts to ensure the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, and quality of care quality for Medicare beneficiaries in through the Quality...

4 hospitals, 50 EPs have attested to Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Jennifer Bresnick

Only four eligible hospitals (EHs) and fifty eligible providers (EPs) have attested to Stage 2 of Meaningful Use so far, said Beth Myers on behalf of CMS during the latest Health IT Policy Committee meeting this week.  While Myers...

AHA, AMA respond to new CMS proposal for ICD-10 deadline

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently working on its interim to implement the new compliance date for ICD-10, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) have indicated...

CMS: We intend to set ICD-10 date for October 1, 2015

by Jennifer Bresnick

In an email update, CMS has finally broken its silence on the ICD-10 delay with a message that will provide some relief for providers still questioning the future of the new code set: the department intends to release guidance officially...

EHR Incentive Programs payout tops $22.9 billion in March

by Jennifer Bresnick

Meaningful Use has netted nearly $23 billion for eligible hospitals (EHs) and professionals since the inception of the EHR Incentive Programs, representing participation from just over 90% of hospitals and close to 70% of eligible...

CMS proposes changes to hospital inpatient payment programs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Updates will be coming to the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) as a result of a rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). To be published two weeks from now in the Federal...

CMS final rule to increase Medicare payments to FQHCs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) could be in line for a significant increase their payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). A final rule to be published on the Federal Register later this week aims to...

AMA reminds group providers of Sep. 30 PQRS deadline

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians in a group setting have until September 30 to register for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO), reminds the American Medical Association.  Groups with more than 10...

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