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Issue #159 - October 20, 2010
AAPC EdgeBlast
Featured Items
Physician Pay Cuts
EHR Disparity
Final Rule Correction
eRx Incentive Payments
Satisfaction Rate
Coding Tips
Medical News
Test Yourself Online
Coding Job Links

Medicare Physician Pay Cut Looms Again
With less than two months before the current Medicare pay patch expires, all ears are on Congress as physicians and physician advocates anxiously await to hear encouraging www.aapc.com/blog/ from Capitol Hill. Are physicians looking at a massive cut to Medicare payments before year end, or will Congress intervene once again?

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EHR Surveys Show Physician and Med Student Disparity
Two recent surveys show a great divide among established physicians and medical students where information technology is concerned. Whereas both sides of the spectrum see the value of electronic health records (EHRs), one group is resisting while the other is insisting.

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ONC Issues Standards and Certification Final Rule Correction for EMRs
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published an interim final rule in the Oct. 13 Federal Register to correct a recently detected error in the “Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology” Final Rule, published in the July 28 Federal Register.

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CMS Issues 2009 eRx Incentive Payments
Incentive payments for the 2009 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program are being distributed. Eligible professionals (EPs) who met the previous year’s criteria for successful reporting should receive payments no later than Oct. 22, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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2010 Medicare Survey Reveals Contractor Satisfaction Rate
The 2010 Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) results are in. The MCPSS offers Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) providers an opportunity to give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) feedback on their satisfaction, attitudes, perceptions, and opinions about the services provided by their respective contractor. This year, 69 percent of providers stated they were satisfied or very satisfied with their contractor’s overall performance. Approximately 13 percent stated they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied.

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Coding Tips

2011 Dx Codes Affect OB/GYNs
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2010-11 Seasonal Flu Vaccine Rates
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CMS May Cover O2 Tx for Cluster Headaches
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CMS Issues HSCT for MDS NCD
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CMS Updates Clinical Lab NCDs for October
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Medical News

FDA Updates Rotarix Safety Information
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Study Shows Advantages to Pediatric Telemedicine
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AAOS Publishes New Tx Guideline for Vertebral Fractures
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Test Yourself Online
The Test Yourself questions can be accessed online at www.aapc.com/testyourself/. Once you go there and take the test, you can automatically grade your answers, correct any mistakes, and have your CEUs automatically added to your CEU Tracker for submission.

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