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CMS Releases the 2016 OPPS Proposed Rule

On July 15, CMS published its proposed policy changes, quality provisions, and payment rates for 2017 as they relate to the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC)...more

CMS Proposes Update to Medicare OPPS, ASC Rates and Policies for 2017

CMS has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System rates and policies for CY 2017. CMS proposes a 1.55%...more

OIG Mid-Year Updated Provides Insight To Its Concerns

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released its mid-year update of its Fiscal Year Work Plan for 2016. The Work Plan summarizes new and ongoing reviews and activities that the OIG plans to pursue. Not...more

CMS Corrects Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Final Rules

CMS has published corrections to its November 16, 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule with comment period for 2016, applicable beginning January 1, 2016. Among other things, CMS is correcting an omission of...more

FY 2017 IPPS Proposed Rule Results in Modest Increase for Hospitals

CMS recently issued a proposed rule updating fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Medicare inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and the long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment...more

Medicare Proposes Sweeping Changes to Physician Payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on April 27, 2016, the highly anticipated proposed rule to implement major Medicare physician payment reform provisions included in the Medicare Access and CHIP...more

CMS Proposes FY 2017 Update for Medicare IPPS, LTCH PPS Rates and Policies

CMS has published its proposed rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2017....more

CMS Publishes Proposed Rule Implementing MACRA Physician Payment Model

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a pre-publication version of a proposed rule implementing changes to Medicare payment for physician services authorized under the bipartisan...more

OIG laments failure to comprehensively address EHR fraud

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a compendium (Compendium) of its top unimplemented recommendations. The Compendium comprises 25 unimplemented past OIG...more

Health Care E-Note - March 2016

On February 12, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") published its final rule. The final rule clarifies two key sections of the often described 60-Day Overpayment...more

CMS Extends EHR Incentive Program Hardship Application Deadline to July 1, 2016

CMS is allowing eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals to apply for Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exceptions until July 1, 2016 to avoid adjustments to...more

Recent EHR Meaningful Use Program Updates

As we enter the sixth year of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (commonly referred to as the “Meaningful Use Programs”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to...more

CMS Grants Extension to Apply for 2015 Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) continues to work to ensure it is responsive to providers who tried to meet meaningful use standards in 2015 but faced hardships in their efforts. Eligible professionals,...more

CMS Posts Revised Application for Meaningful Use Hardship Exceptions

On January 22, CMS posted a revised application and instructions for a hardship exception from the Meaningful Use program penalties in 2015. Under the new, streamlined application process, which CMS says is a temporary...more

Important Changes for Physicians from the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule: Part II (Non-Stark Changes)

On November 16, 2015 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (Final MPFS).1 The Final MPFS addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and related policies,...more

CMS Announces Changes to Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process

On Jan. 22, 2016, CMS issued a new application and sweeping changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception application process. The changes are intended to temporarily ease the...more

CMS Signals that Meaningful Use Program Will Change Significantly for Physicians

On January 11, 2016, CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt announced that the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program will be replaced significantly in 2017 by the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for...more

CMS Call: 2016 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Programs (Dec. 8)

On December 8, 2015, CMS is hosting a call to discuss how the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule impacts Medicare quality reporting programs. Specifically, the call will address changes to the Physician Quality...more

CMS Makes Significant Changes to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and Finalizes Stage 3

On October 16, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule (Final Rule) that streamlines Stage 2 and finalizes Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid electronichealth record (EHR) Incentive...more

CMS Adopts Changes to Medicare & Medicaid EHR Policies

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a sweeping final rule with comment period that specifies the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals...more

CMS and ONC Issue Final Rules for EHR Advancement

On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Department of Human Health and Services ("HHS") released two final rules related to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs (collectively, the "EHR Incentive...more

Meaningful Use Audits: Proactive Tips for Success

For health care professionals who began accepting Meaningful Use incentive money at the outset of availability under the Medicare option in 2011, the year 2015 is an important year. If the provider has met all core...more

CMS and ONC Release Stage 3 Meaningful Use and EHR Certification Final Rules

On October 6, 2015, CMS released the final Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rule that, among other provisions, sets forth the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must...more

Payment Innovation: 30 Day Window to Provide CMS Comments on Physician Payment Changes Under MACRA Begins

On September 28, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder comments related to innovative physician payment models required by the Medicare Access...more

Clinically Integrated Networks: Privacy and Security Concerns with Sharing Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing reimbursement methodologies for healthcare providers from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model. Healthcare providers are responding to the changing...more

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