In MACRA
May 17th, 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent nearly 807,000 clinicians letters excusing them from MACRA’s Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting system for 2017. The physicians are those with less than $30,000 in Medicare charges or fewer than 100 Medicare patients, or who are new Medicare clinicians. CMS used an updated formula to estimate ...
In Audit
Oct 31st, 2014
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today that enforcement of the Health Plan Identifier (HPID) in HIPAA transactions will be delayed indefinitely. The move follows a Sept. 23rd recommendation by the Nationa Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) that all covered entities not use the HPID In HIPAA transactions.  The delay ...
[Road Map to ICD-10] Continue preparing, keep calm, and code on. By Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC The delay of ICD-10 to no earlier than October 1, 2015 prompted many changes throughout the healthcare industry, as well as for AAPC members. Here is an explanation of how the delay happened, and ...
In Billing
Mar 27th, 2014
This morning the United States House of Representatives passed House Bill 4302.  The bill proposes to extend Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) current rate to April 15th, 2015 and would delay other Medicare deadlines. The bill, as currently drafted, would also postpone ICD-10-CM implementation until after Oct. 1, 2015 and restrict the Centers for Medicare ...
May 1st, 2012
The future depends on the specificity that ICD-10 offers. By Annie Boynton, BS, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPC-I, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, CPhT As Coding Edge went to press, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had just announced a proposed one-year delay of the implementation of ICD-10 to Oct. 1, 2014 from Oct. ...