Avoiding The WannaCry Ransomware Attack

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On Friday the WannaCry ransomware attack  affected over 75,000 machines in 99 countries across Europe.  This was one of the largest and most damaging cyberattacks in history.  This attack affected hospitals, major companies and other government agencies. Ransomware attacks are usually through email spam.  Messages are typically fake invoices, job offers or other lures which are… Read more »

MIPS Participation Status Letter

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  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program. In late April through May, practices will get a letter from the Medicare Administrative Contractor that… Read more »

CMS News Update: Attest to 2016 Program Requirements by February 28

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As circulated by CMS on 1/17/17 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. The EHR reporting period… Read more »

ICD-10 glitch leads CMS to relax physician quality penalties

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The CMS issued something of a get-out-of-Medicare-penalties-free-card for two years to physicians and group practices due to a glitch with quality reporting measures based on a recent update to the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. The CMS pointed its finger at updates that went into use Oct. 1, 2016, to the ICD-CM (Clinical Modification) and… Read more »

Meaningful Use Penalty to Hit 171,000 Clinicians Next Year

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Next year 171,000 physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinicians will take a 3% pay cut from Medicare for failing to demonstrate that they met the government’s requirements for meaningful use of an electronic health record (EHR) system in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. Lucky Patcher for iOS Download A… Read more »

Yes, medical software qualifies for possible write-off up to $500,000!

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It’s that time of year to consult with your tax preparer or accountant to see what office deductions may be possible for the 2016 calendar year.  If you haven’t purchased your Lytec upgrade or transitioned over to the CureMD PM/EHR software yet, you better get moving! India’s biggest auto media vehicle. CarWale has dependably endeavored… Read more »

Onsite HIPAA audits coming in 2017: ONC official

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Chances are it won’t happen—but you’d better be prepared if it does: The feds will be conducting a “small number” of onsite HIPAA audits in 2017, according to an HHS Office for Civil Rights official. showbox apk for iphone OCR senior adviser Linda Sanches, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Privacy & Security… Read more »

MGMA Survey of Operations in Medical Practices Shows an Increased Focus on Patient Experience

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Survey analyzes how practices adjust their operations as patients have more choices for care, including improving wait times, office hours, appointment scheduling, financial management, and patient portals New Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) (@MGMA) data find that medical practices focus on patient experience and access as patients face more options in how their care is… Read more »

Here We Go Again…

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Meg Bryant over at Healthcare Dive reports that CMS released an API tool to ease MACRA reporting. Dive Brief: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services launched an online tool enabling clinicians to automatically share electronic data for the Quality Payment Program. The tool is the first in a series of efforts aimed at easing the… Read more »

Here are the MACRA final rule changes you need to know

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Last week, HHS released a barrage of regulations and guidance under it’s various arms. One final rule focused on health IT but the big news centered on CMS’ release of the highly anticipated Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2105 (MACRA) implementation final rule (link removed). The announcement differed somewhat from CMS’ previous releases. For… Read more »