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It’s final. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and ONC have released final rules for the EHR Incentive Programs, which they say will ease reporting requirements for providers and allow for 90-day reporting periods. They also announced major news on Stage 3 of the program. The 2015 rule builds on 2011 and 2014 and…

New Code Set Benefits Should be Significant With providers scrambling to make final preparations for the looming ICD-10 code transition, most haven’t had a lot of time to focus on the long – term benefits the coding change will produce. But ICD-10 proponents believe the changeover’s improvements will be dramatic and ultimately lead to enhancements…

With less than nine months to go until implementation, uncertainty once again surrounds the ICD-10 program as opponents push for yet another delay in deploying the new code set. Congress last spring postponed the Oct. 1, 2014, activation date by one year. The original deadline to comply with the system to replace the current ICD-9…

UnitedHealth Group recently announced that it will increase value-based payments to hospitals and physicians to over $43 billion, a 20% increase.1 The UnitedHealth shift from fee-for-service to value-based payments that are tied to outcomes, quality of care and performance is seen as an indicator of changes to come for the health insurance industry. An executive…

The Stage 1 rules of CMS’ EHR Incentive Program have largely been about getting certified systems implemented and physician practices learning to use them effectively. Meeting the reporting conditions has been an early challenge for practices of all sizes. Since attesters must report directly from their EHRs, systems have had to be certified and capable…

1. Your practice hasn’t spent a dime to get ready. There are a dozen excuses for this. “If I send her for training, she’ll just want more money or go to another practice.” Or, “We’ll wait and buy the final version of the ICD-10 book when it’s released. It’s still in draft form, you know.”…

With the 2014 EHR reporting period for meaningful use right around the corner, here are 6 key pieces of information you need to know:   #1. Does meaningful use (MU) Stage 1 change in 2014? Yes, the 2014 reporting period marks the beginning of a restructured meaningful use Stage 1. Certain “core” and “menu” objectives…

In the coming year, physicians and managers can anticipate even tighter reigns on future reimbursement, and may realize they will be expected to accomplish more with fewer resources. One of the things they can do is streamline their operational processes — however, that means change, which is not always welcomed. There are many people who…

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