Electronic Health Record Incentives

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CMS Extends Start Date for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to 2017 Without Extending Timeline for When Providers Must Start Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a revised timeline for the implementation of Stage 3 “meaningful use” measures for the Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, but did not extend the...more

CMS Extends Timeline on Meaningful Use Implementation

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed a one-year extension of Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (“EHR”) incentive programs. Under...more

CMS Releases Sequestration Details; Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Subject to Two-Percent Reduction

On March 8, 2013, CMS announced that it will apply the two-percent sequestration reduction to all Medicare provider payments with dates of service/discharge on or after April 1, 2013. The announcement also states that claims...more

CMS Requests Comments on Redundant Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures

CMS is seeking input regarding ways in which eligible professionals might use clinical quality measures (CQM) data reported to medical boards, specialty societies, regional health care quality organizations or other...more

CMS Alters Procedures for Physicians Practicing in CAHs to Qualify as Meaningful Users

CMS announced on January 17, 2013, that it is changing its claims processing systems to enable eligible practitioners (EPs) who furnish outpatient services in critical access hospitals (CAHs) to participate in the Medicare...more

Audits, Audits And More Audits: Life In The Healthcare Industry

Healthcare suppliers and service providers live in a regulated world. They are constantly under audit scrutiny. Sometimes federal agencies (i.e private contractors) conduct the audits; other times state agencies conduct the...more

Washington Attorney General's Office Opinion Undermines Electronic Health Records Donation Programs

In 1949, the Washington Legislature enacted what has become known as the “anti-rebate statute,” codified as RCW Chapter 19.68. Rep. Eileen Cody recently asked the state Attorney General (AG)’s Office whether this statute...more

OIG Recommends Additional Oversight of EHR Incentive Programs

A November 29, 2012 report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) sets forth several recommendations to improve CMS’s oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Specifically, the report expresses...more

HHS OIG Takes Aim At CMS’ Oversight Of Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

On November 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report raising concerns about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) oversight of the...more

OCR Issues Guidance On HIPAA Privacy Rule’s De-Identification Standard

On November 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a thirty-two page document titled “Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information...more

Meaningful Use Mash-Up: Update on Deadlines, Changes for Stage 2, and the Start of MU Audits

The march towards electronic health records (“EHRs”) and health information exchange continues. It is worth noting a number of recent changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use programs governing incentives for...more

Health Care Legal News - September 28, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 8

In This Issue: - THE DW HEALTHCARE TEAM IS GROWING: With the addition of six new healthcare attorneys, the DW Healthcare Team has expanded its expertise and its depth... - RECOVERY OF LOST PROFESSIONAL...more

CMS Releases Final Stage 2 “Meaningful Use” Regulations for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

On September 4, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations (Final Regulations) establishing the Stage 2 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health...more

How Physician Practices and Physicians Can Take Advantage of the Supreme Court's ACA Ruling

The June 28th Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") removed some of the uncertainty surrounding the immediate short-term prospects for health care reform. Now that the debate...more

Health Care Legal News - July 12, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 6

In This Issue: - SUPREME COURT TO HEAR FTC CHALLENGE TO GEORGIA HOSPITAL MERGER By: James M. Burns - On June 25, the United States Supreme Court granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for...more

CMS Releases Proposed Stage 2 "Meaningful Use" Regulations for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive...

On March 7, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) outlining the Stage 2 “meaningful use” requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health...more

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