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Issue #194 - April 4, 2012


AAPC EdgeBlast

MedPAC: Toss SGR and Replace with Freeze

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC's) report to Congress regarding Medicare's fee-for-service payment system is clear: Replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) with specified updates not including an expenditure-control formula.

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HIPAA Privacy Regs to Be Reset

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) submitted, March 24, "Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security Enforcement and Breach Notification Rules" as a final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The new rules will enforce more stringent privacy regulations outlined in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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CMS Delays Innovation Challenge Determination

Awarding of Health Care Innovation Challenge grants ranging from $1 million to $30 million for a three-year period will be postponed by several weeks, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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More Solo Practices Embrace EHRs

Medical practices of one or two physicians are the fastest growing adopters of electronic health records (EHRs), according to an ongoing study.

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Receiving Your ePrescribing Penalty in Error?

If your Medicare payments are being reduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) ePrescribing penalty, the agency may reconsider cases whose providers feel they were penalized in error. New regulations went into effect this year.

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CMS: Medicare Reimbursement Rates Won't Be Cut in 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Transmittal 1058, Change Request (CR) 7767 confirms a zero percent update for payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through year's end.

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