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HHS Proposes Extension of Deadline for EHR Compliance

According to the federal government, over 370,000 providers have participated in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record ("EHR") incentive program since its inception in 2011. However, providers nationwide continue...more

CMS Extends Deadline for 2013 Meaningful Use Attestations

CMS announced on Friday, February 7, 2014, that the agency is extending the deadline for eligible professionals (EPs) to attest as meaningful users of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology for the 2013 Medicare...more

CMS Extends 2013 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline for Eligible Professionals

On Feb. 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) extended by one month the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the 2013 Medicare EHR Incentive Program year. The deadline was...more

Privacy and Security Alert: January 9th, 2014

On December 5, 2013, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported on the Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) compliance as of May 2011 with oversight and enforcement of the Security Rule and compliance with federal cybersecurity...more

CMS & OIG Final Rules Extend And Amend Protection For EHR Donations

Ordinarily, the donation of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, services or training to a provider would raise fraud and abuse concerns and potentially implicate the Stark law and Anti-kickback Statute. In order to...more

Final EHR Donation Rules Issued in Time for the New Year

On December 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules revising the Stark exception (42 CFR...more

The Long Sunset: EHR Donations May Continue Until 2021 (With a Few Changes)

Under long-awaited final rules recently published by the federal government, hospitals and other “protected donors” may continue to “donate” interoperable electronic health record items and services without incurring...more

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

Complex Chronic Care Management Reimbursement for 2015 Included in Proposed 2014 Physician Fee Schedule

The proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule [PDF] included reimbursement for case management to be made available in 2015 for physicians who treat patients with two or more complex conditions. The proposed rule would...more

Electronic Health Records Donations: Proposed CMS And OIG Rules Revise Stark Exception And Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

On April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (‘‘CMS'') and the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (‘‘OIG'') published twin proposed rules that amend and extend...more

CMS Issues CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

On July 8, 2013, CMS released the CY 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013. ...more

What Have We Learned from Audits under the Medicare EHR Incentive Program?

Through the first half of this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services auditor has conducted numerous pre- and post-payment audits of meaningful use attestations submitted by eligible providers to the Medicare...more

CMS Releases New Data on Medicare Spending and Utilization, Hospital Outpatient Charges

CMS released on June 3, 2013, county-level data on Medicare spending and utilization, which, according to a corresponding press release, marks the first time the agency has made this information public. ...more

Tips to Prepare for a CMS Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Audit

In an effort to improve patient care, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) established electronic health record (“EHR”) Incentive Programs, which provide financial incentives for the “meaningful use” of...more

OIG and CMS Issue Proposals to Extend Safe Harbor and Exception for EHR Donations

In the April 10 Federal Register, two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published proposed rules that many healthcare providers have been anxiously awaiting affecting donations of electronic...more

CMS, OIG Propose to Extend EHR Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

On April 10, 2013, CMS and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) each published proposed rules to extend the sunset dates for the Stark exception and anti-kickback statute safe harbor permitting donations of EHR software...more

CMS and OIG Propose Extension of Federal Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor for Electronic Health Record Donations

On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the Department of Health and Human Services published complementary proposed rules in the...more

Will Federal Protection for EHR Donations Be Extended Beyond December 31, 2013?

Rumors are circulating that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) will continue to allow the donation of electronic health...more

CMS Focuses on Fraud Associated with Increased Use of Electronic Health Records

Acting CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, recently reaffirmed the agency’s concern that the increased use of electronic health records (“EHRs”) has contributed to increases in fraudulent billing practices by providers. At a...more

CMS Seeks Comments on Hospital Readiness for EHR Hospital Inpatient Quality Data Reporting

CMS is seeking comments from hospitals, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, and other interested parties regarding whether hospitals could be ready as early as January 1, 2014, to electronically report patient-level...more

Health Law Update — January 10, 2013

In This Issue: - Healthcare Provisions in the American Taxpayer Relief Act - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly - American Taxpayer Relief Act Amends Overpayment Recovery Time Limits - OIG Advisory Opinion Sheds...more

CMS Issues Manual Clarification on Amending Patient Medical Records

CMS has issued a transmittal amending the Medicare Program Integrity Manual that contains guidelines providers must follow when making amendments, corrections and delayed entries to patient medical records. Providers may...more

OIG Provides Direction and CMS Seeks Direction Relating to Electronic Activities in the Health Care Delivery System

The OIG recently posted an Advisory Opinion which concluded that a hospital's proposal to provide free access to an electronic interface between the hospital and area physicians for laboratory and diagnostic services was not...more

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