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House-approved omnibus bill seeks to limit ACA support

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an omnibus bill that would provide $1.012 trillion in discretionary funding to run the federal government through 2014. On the heels of 359-67 vote heralded as a bipartisan effort,...

Meaningful use of EHRs brings providers nearly $18 billion

by Jennifer Bresnick

The cash continues to flow freely for providers who have proven the meaningful use of their EHRs, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Eligible providers and hospitals have shared out $17.7...

Government intervenes in 8 HMA admissions kickback lawsuits

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Justice is intervening in eight False Claims Acts lawsuits against Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA) claiming that HMA’s former CEO Gary Newsome led the corporation in pressuring emergency department staff to unnecessarily...

February 28: Last day to attest to 2013 meaningful use

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that the last day to register and attest to meaningful use for 2013 is February 28, 2014. EPs must attest by midnight to receive an incentive payment....

Health spending growth remains low for 4th-straight year

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary has reported that national health expenditures have seen four consecutive years of low growth. The annual growth rate for 2012 was 3.7 percent. Slower growth in private...

HHS seeks commentary on health plan certification rule

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is sharing the Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) new proposed health plan certification rule. HHS is seeking public comment on the proposed rule. Here is the full message...

First and second quarter PQRS feedback now available

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that eligible professionals (EPs) who submitted a PQRS quality measure in 2013 can now access first and second quarter submission data. The information is available through the...

Epic, ICD-10, government shutdown are hottest topics of 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare is in the middle of a massive shakeup, and there are plenty of big stories to go along with the changes.  From Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 meaningful use delay, the industry...

Unsuccessful eRx participants face payment changes

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying group practices and eligible professionals (EPs) who participated in the 2012 or 2013 eRx Incentive Program and are subject to a 2014 payment adjustment. Here is the complete message...

How will the Stage 2 Meaningful Use delay affect ICD-10?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The questions are beginning to swirl around the announcement that Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use will be extended by a year.  How will the delay affect competing initiatives like ICD-10?  Will the longer reporting periods give...

OIG: Most meaningful use hospitals lack EHR fraud safeguards

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Hospitals receiving incentive payments through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program have not taken the necessary actions to protect against EHR-related healthcare fraud, according to a report published by the Office of Inspector General. The EHR...

CHIME, HIMSS decry lack of delay for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After all the calls for changes to the Stage 2 Meaningful Use timeline, the recently proposed extension announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator Health Information Technology should...

Meaningful use payments to providers near $17 billion

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

During the monthly meeting of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided its latest update for the EHR Incentive Programs whose payouts now number close to $17 billion. To date,...

OIG: Medicare wrongly paid hospital 740K for dental services

by Jennifer Bresnick

Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas will need to repay nearly three quarters of a million dollars wrongly billed to Medicare for unallowable dental services, the Office of the Inspector General states in an audit report for the facility. ...

Dec. 31: EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) of the upcoming EHR Incentive Program reporting deadline December 31. EPs must attest to meaningful use to avoid a 2015 payment adjustment. Here is...

Hospitals must attest to meaningful use by November 30

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) would like to remind hospitals that the deadline for attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is November 30. Those who do not attest by that time will not be able to receive a 2013...

AHA wants reforms for quality measures, clinical integration

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee, the American Hospital Association has provided its recommendations for resolving current problems with the Medicare payment system for physicians. “While...

Avoiding EHR Payment Changes in 2015

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder to professionals participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to review their meaningful use practices to avoid payment adjustments in 2015. Here is the complete...

Suspension of RAC audits could cost Medicare $2 billion

by Nicole Freeman

When the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a suspension of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) reviews last month, it was only slated to last from October 1, 2013 until January 1, 2014.  This week, however, the CMS website...

Ordering, referring denial edits will begin Jan. 6, 2014

by Nicole Freeman

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a January 6, 2014 starting date for the second phase of denial edits. Here is the full message from CMS: CMS will instruct contractors to turn on Phase 2 denial edits on January...

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