The 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule stipulated a negative update to the MPFS that was to be effective January 1, 2014. That reduction was averted for three months with the passage of the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013, which provided for a 0.5 percent update for services paid under the MPFS through March 31, 2014.
Yesterday the House of Representatives passed legislation to delay the 24% physician fee schedule cut slated to take effect on April 1, 2014. However, the legislation did not stop there. A number of other changes were made that will have long-lasting implications. A listing of these changes is available at the end of this post.
A new bill has been introduced into the US House and Senate that features a brief mention for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015.
Hospitals have ranked their favorite EHRs in recent Black Book Study. Black Book Rankings has revealed two reports identifying its top-ranked electronic health record systems for 2014. With a client/user survey, Black Book Rankings investigated 611 EMR vendors utilized by 22,059 validated EMR users nationwide and an additional 10,727 respondents in pre-use, implementation, system decision-making or purchased but not yet installed status. The rankings were compiled based on user ratings in 18 operational areas including training, integration and interfaces, reliability and support and customer care.
CMS recently launched a new online resource—CMS eHealth University—to help providers understand, implement, and successfully participate in the CMS eHealth programs, including the EHR Incentive Programs, Physician Quality Reporting System, Administrative Simplification, and ICD-10. Whether you are just beginning participation in the eHealth programs, or further along in the process, CMS eHealth University will assist you in successfully participating in and meeting eHealth implementation requirements.
Considering switching to a more moder, easy to use, EHR software? You're not alone. Many practices are switching from an outdated legacy EHR software to a new system that allows for things like device integration, mobile access, smart phone apps, and more. However, not everyone is having an easy time letting go of their out dated software. Here are 5 questions to ask yourself if you're considering switching to a new EHR software.
During a keynote address at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Florida, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed. However, she is offering relief to providers, payers, and HIT vendors struggling with Stage 2 of Meaningful Use requirements.
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: