In CMS
May 22nd, 2017
It’s been seven years since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) of 2010 was signed into law by President Barack Obama, and the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs were born. Naysayers doubted the virtue of quality reporting, but at long last, we’re hearing some positive outcomes of meaningful use ...
In CMS
May 18th, 2017
Payers and practices are getting a second chance to participate in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model from 2018 to 2022. The four regions selected for CPC+ Round 2 are: Louisiana (statewide) Nebraska (statewide) North Dakota (statewide) New York (Greater Buffalo Region: Erie and Niagara counties) Eligible practices located in these regions may apply ...
In Billing
Apr 17th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule April 14 that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices in the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-term Care Hospitals Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). The proposed changes apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 420 LTCHs and, if finalized, ...
Apr 13th, 2017
Facilities participating in voluntary value-based programs have fewer readmissions than those not-involved, according to a study in AMA’s JAMA Internal Medicine.  The 10-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan, analyzed 30-day readmission rates for patients treated for heart disease and pneumonia in 2,800 hospitals. Study Results “Association Between Hospita...
In CMS
Mar 21st, 2017
It may be spring, but the freeze is still on in Washington, D.C. — the “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” memorandum, or Freeze Memo, that is. The Freeze Memo encourages agencies to temporarily postpone the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register, but have not taken effect, for 60 days from the date ...