The transition to ICD-10 is going to change how you do business from registration and referrals to superbills and software upgrades. However CMS has the following resources to help your practice prepare for the transition.
If you are an eligible professional or group practice participating in PQRS, CMS wants to make sure you are prepared for the many important program milestones that are approaching. To help you navigate these program deadlines, CMS has released a new PQRS interactive timeline that will help you identify key program dates for PQRS between 2014 and 2016, and direct you to related resources.
Are you a provider who is demonstrating Stage 2 of meaningful use? If so, a new CMS and ONC tool called the Randomizer will let you exchange data with a Test EHR in order to meet measure #3 of the Stage 2 transitions of care requirement. Measure #3 requires at least one summary of care document sent electronically to a recipient with a different EHR vendor or to a CMS test EHR. Click here to learn more about the Randomizer application
Englewood, Colo., Feb. 4, 2014 – As the Oct. 1 compliance date to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) approaches for physician practices, MGMA research released today indicates that overall readiness for implementation continues to lag. Less than 10 percent of responding practices reported that they had made significant progress when rating their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation, up only slightly (from 4.7 percent) since June 2013, when MGMA previously conducted research to assess readiness levels. The new research includes responses from more than 570 medical groups where more than 21,000 physicians practice.
“The critical coordination that must take place between practices and their software vendor, clearinghouse and health plan partners is simply not happening at the pace required for a seamless implementation. Very simply, ICD-10 is behind schedule,” said Susan L. Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, MGMA president and chief executive officer. “MGMA continues to advocate on behalf of members and provides tools and resources to help practice executives make the transition to ICD-10 more cost effective and less disruptive to their organizations.”
MGMA urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to immediately take action to help ensure that physician practices can successfully undertake such a massive transition, including:
Due to the large volume of providers attesting, please submit your data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.
A bipartisan team of U.S. House and Senate negotiators has reached a deal to repeal the unpopular sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula, according to MedPageToday.
Are you interested in learning more about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)? Join CMS for the next eHealth provider webinar on Tuesday, January 28th from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET to receive more information about ACOs and how they are improving health care quality and delivery.
As the EHR industry continues to expand rapidly, eClinicalWorks maintains a top spot across a number of studies. View the slideshare below to learn more about how eClinicalWorks ranks among the competition today.
“When compared to a similar WEDI survey given in February 2013, the healthcare industry has slipped further behind key ICD-10 compliance milestones suggested in the WEDI/NCHICA timeline,” the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) explained in a prepared statement.
Every year we set new goals and expectations for ourselves. January 1st is a clean slate for most of us hoping to make a change for the better in our lives. This year, make the commitment to your practice. Devoting time and effort to each of the following 5 points will help prepare your practice for the upcoming changes and help you better manage your practice in 2014.
The New Year and the new Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as Health Insurance Exchange, is here. Over a million people will have a new insurance plan and in many cases their first insurance plan in years. Some may have signed up a few months ago while others just a few days. While some patients visiting your office will be aware of the need to carry their card with them, some won't and others may have not even received their card in the mail yet. It is likely that your office will need to verify their coverage.
CMS has released the following statement now that President Obama has signed into law the legislation necessary to prevent the SGR related cut from taking place on January 1, 2014. According to this announcement, additional revisions may be made in the conversion factor. It is not clear when those revisions will be announced but once they are we will be posting the updates to our website.