Make the most of the reprieve to prepare for the inevitable. By Melissa Weintraub, CPC I watched the actions of Congress on March 27 and March 31 with bated breath. It came as no surprise that they put another “patch” over the festering Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula to forestall a severe cut in Medicare payments to ...
Feb 3rd, 2014
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an industry certification laboratory, announced it will cease testing and certifying electronic health records (EHRs) after it completes looking at approximately 70 systems, this Spring. The oldest and best known of six EHR-certifying agencies recognized by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technolog...
Mar 21st, 2013
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced there will be no delay to implementation for ICD-10-CM and PCS, which is scheduled October 1, 2014. She then encouraged everyone in the industry to work diligently toward a successful transition. Tavenner made the statement at the annual Health Information Management Systems ...
ICD-10 Monitor’s Talk Ten Tuesday interviews this week focused on the HIMSS annual conference and exhibition in New Orleans. AAPC Vice President of ICD-10 Training and Education Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC, CENTC, was the featured special guest, offering insights on her conference presentation on ICD-10 and clinical documentation. Dr. Donald Rappe, ...
In CMS
Feb 25th, 2011
More than 21,000 providers said they are ready to participate in the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program of the Centers for Medical & Medicaid Services (CMS) by January’s end. About two-thirds of those are ready to confirm they have met meaningful use requirements, a CMS official told attendees at a national health information management conference. 21K “Ready” fo...