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Here’s how to volunteer for the ICD-10 end-to-end test pilot

by Jennifer Bresnick

The news that CMS will be conducted a limited amount of ICD-10 end-to-end testing this summer was greeted with widespread approval, but also generated a number of new questions.  Who will be selected for the test?  How comprehensive...

NextGen CMO named to EHR Association Executive Committee

by Nicole Freeman

NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC, a provider of information systems, announced that its CMO, Sarah Corely, MD, FACP, has been elected to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Association Executive Committee. The committee, a partner of...

Meaningful use hospitals to face October payment changes

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding hospitals eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program that have not successfully participated that they will be subject to payment changes beginning on October 1, 2014. CMS...

GOP Senators seek details about meaningful use exemption

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During HIMSS14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revealed it would be making a concession to eligible hospitals and professionals concerning Stage 2 Meaningful Use so long as it concerns their inability to implement certified...

Congress wants meaningful use to address health disparities

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Members of Congress are pushing the leaders of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to use the EHR Incentive Programs as a vehicle for eliminating...

Complex denials, appeals in RAC process costing hospitals

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The purpose of the Recovery Audit Program and its Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) is to identify Medicare overpayments and underpayments across the country, but according to a survey of hospitals by the American Hospital Association (AHA),...

HHS FY 2015 budget to reduce Medicare-Medicaid fraud, waste

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services has release its budget for fiscal year 2015, which the department claims is both “fiscally responsible” and aims to strengthen its two most important programs — and doing so by reducing...

EHR Meaningful Use Fraud Draws Attention of Congress

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Allegations of meaningful fraud that led to an indictment in Texas have now motivated a Congressional committee to invite the heads of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) to a briefing...

New eHealth University contains tools for ICD-10 transition

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that its new eHealth University resource center also includes tools to help healthcare providers successfully transition to ICD-10. eHealth University is offering ICD-10 checklists,...

ONC proposes 2015 edition EHR certification criteria

by Nicole Freeman

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced proposals for the 2015 edition of the certification criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology, allowing for routine updates every 12...

2013 Marked Final Year for eRx Incentive Program

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that 2013 is the final year of the Medicare Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program. While participants will still be able to access payment...

February 19: 2013 PQRS-EHR pilot participation deadline

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that participation in the EHR Registration and Attestation System for 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Medicare EHR Incentive Pilot...

Congress raises concerns about HHS handling of RAC program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The handling of the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has raised concerns among members of Congress. A total of 111 members of the House of Representatives have subscribed their signatures...

WEDI offers ICD-10 compliance webinar series

by Nicole Freeman

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Cooperative Exchange, and other private industry partners will be hosting a webinar series entitled ICD-10 Success Initiative. The...

Texas healthcare CFO charged with meaningful use fraud

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Allegations of meaningful use fraud and identity theft have a Texas hospital CFO facing prison time and hefty fines, according to the Dallas News. Mile Moffeit is reporting that a grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas has indicted Joe White,...

EHR Incentive Programs top $19.2 billion in payments

by Jennifer Bresnick

Eligible providers and hospitals are still raking in the dough to compensate for EHR adoption, said the HIT Policy Committee during its latest meeting this week.  More than $19.2 billion in incentive payments have been doled out to nearly...

Direct lab access may boost patient engagement, involvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The joint HHS, CMS, and CDC announcement that patients will be able to directly access lab results without going through their providers has been lauded by industry experts as an important step forward in the quest to engage patients with their...

New HHS rule grants patients direct access to lab results

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to laboratory test...

Participation, transactions increase for eHealth Exchange

by Nicole Freeman

Healtheway recently released the results of its annual eHealth Exchange participation survey. The findings reveal an increase in both exchange participation and the number of transactions occurring. The eHealth Exchanges has 41 members serving...

Undelivered Medicare notices hurting Medicare, says OIG

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is missing out on opportunities to help identify Medicare fraud and abuse because a significant number of Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) never find their way to beneficiaries through the...

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