Proposed CMS Rule On MACRA Implementation Released

CMS just let out a Proposed Rule on the implementation of MACRA, a few days after the one-year anniversary of the Act itself being passed. The rule lays out methods the agency intends to use for implementing MIPS and APM, which together will replace the SGR. MACRA is the main legislation behind the removal of…

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ONC Health IT Certification Program Receives AHA, AMIA Feedback

An increasing number of healthcare industry collectives are writing to the ONC with recommendations regarding revisions to the notice of proposed rulemaking on the health IT certification program. The AHA and the AMIA have written letters to the ONC urging a boost in transparency of certification review results, and to constrict specifications for direct intervention…

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CMS Announces Plan To Expand Diabetes Prevention Program

In March, CMS announced its plan to expand the Diabetes Prevention Program following certification by the CMS Office of the Actuary that the program would decrease Medicare spending. Also released was an Independent Evaluation Report Summary on the results initially yielded by the program. CMS will spread the program from its pilot phase to the…

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New Set Of ICD-10 Codes Will Be Added In October

According to a recent report, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are pressing for the inclusion of a new set of codes into the ICD-10 CM/PCS Codes. If everything goes as per the plans, the new set of codes will be added in October 1…

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CDC Releases Data On EHR Adoption Rates

CDC National Center for Health Statistics recently let out a report describing the rate of which physicians used EHR systems from the most recent dates available. In the year 2009, Congress passed the HITECH Act in order to implement financial incentives for EPs to start using EHRs. These incentives were first brought out through the…

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CMS Proposes Criteria For 2017 Exchange Plan

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its annual proposed rule on 20 November 2015. Therein, the agency summarizes the criteria for health insurance plans which will be sold in the 2017 plan year. On top of the several highly technical insurance disputes, the proposed rule is meant to set up a new policy,…

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