CMS Releases Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

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CMS Releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule On October 31, 2014, CMS issued the final rule that updates the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2015. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with PFS payments, including the… Read more »

Earn CME/CE Credits for ICD-10 Learning Modules

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  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released three new resources to help small physician practices prepare for ICD-10. These resources also provide continuing medical education (CME) and continuing education (CE) credits to health care professionals who complete the learning modules, and anyone who takes them will earn a certificate of completion…. Read more »

How to Use the ICD-10 Delay to Your Advantage

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The new ICD-10 compliance date is October 1, 2015, but you won’t want to procrastinate. Use the ICD-10 delay to your advantage, leveraging the extra time you’ve been afforded to ensure success in your transition. Revisit Your Overarching Transition Plan Anytime you need to transition from a familiar code set to another you will encounter… Read more »

CMS to Reopen Submission Period for Hardship Exemption Applications

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 Hardship Exception Applications to Avoid the 2015 Medicare Payment Adjustment Due November 30, 2014 CMS is announcing its intent to reopen the submission period for hardship exception applications for eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to avoid the 2015 Medicare payment adjustments for not demonstrating meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT). The new… Read more »

ICD-10 Coding Basics MLN Connects™ National Provider Call

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CALL INFORMATION: Wednesday, November 5; 1:30-3pm ET To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early. The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a rule finalizing October 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10…. Read more »

CMS Announces Availability of 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports

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On September 30, CMS made 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) available to group practices and physician solo practitioners nationwide. The 2013 QRURs contain quality and cost performance data for CY 2013, which is the performance period for the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) that will be applied to physician payments for items and services furnished… Read more »

PQRS GPRO Registration Extended Until Friday, October 3

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Registration Extended: The Physician Value-Physician Quality Reporting System (PV-PQRS) registration system will remain open until Friday, October 3, 2014 11:59 PM EDT and can be accessed at https://portal.cms.gov. The PV-PQRS registration system, initially scheduled to close on September 30, 2014, allows group practices to register to participate in the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO)… Read more »

ICD-10 Compliance Date October 1, 2015

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Reminder: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the… Read more »

Use New Quality Reporting Training Modules to Help Ensure Satisfactory 2014 Reporting

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National Health IT Week is September 15-19, 2014. CMS will mark the week by hosting several webinars and launching new resources on eHealth University that help providers participate in eHealth programs. For the latest news and updates on CMS’ Health IT activities, visit the CMS eHealth website. If you are eligible to participate in the 2014 Physician… Read more »