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ONC Final Rule Updates Health IT Standards to Improve Security, Accountability

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability 2017 Final Rule...

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2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule (MPFS) Sets Conversion Factor at $35.8887

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2017 Final Rule, which sets the MPFS conversion factor at $35.8887 (up slightly from $35.8279 in 2016). The conversion factor accounts for a a budget neutrality adjustment of 1.0050, a 0.5 percent update factor required by MACRA...

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CMS Releases 2017 OPPS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates final rule with comment period. The OPPS Final Rule is scheduled for publication in the November 11 Federal Register...

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WEDI Examines ICD-10 Guidelines to Help Healthcare Providers and Organizations

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) released an issue brief providing additional information to organizations regarding several key points of confusion for healthcare providers and organizations. The brief primarily addresses Guideline 19 from the 2017 ICD-10-CM Coding Guidelines...

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CMS Reveals Pay Changes for Home Health Agencies

Home health agencies can look forward to a 0.7 percent reduction in Medicare payments in the 2017 Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS)...

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Quality Payment Program Overview

continuing its efforts to educate healthcare providers and staff about the new Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an online webinar on Oct. 26, entitled Quality Payment Program Overview...

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