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How Practices Can Start Preparing for New Medicare Cards

by Kaitlyn Houseman on June 22, 2017

CMS will issue new Medicare cards starting in April 2018 with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems we use now. However, both the MBIs on the new cards and the Social Security­ based HICNs that exist on the cards today, can be used. Here's what you need to know to start preparing your practice for new Medicare cards.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Practice Management, CMS

CMS Announces New Educational Initiative to Raise Awareness of Chronic Care Management

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 15, 2017

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) introduced Connected Care, an educational initiative to raise awareness of the benefits of chronic care management (CCM) services for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions and to provide health care professionals with support to implement CCM programs.

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Topics: CMS, Value-Based Reimbursement

Important Upcoming CMS Deadlines

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 16, 2017

CMS has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PT. As a quick reminder, if you received a letter from CMS that said you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error, you must submit a reconsideration application for the 2017 payment adjustment by February 28, 2017. Here are more details and resources on both of these upcoming deadlines.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PTProviders participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017 to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System Now Open

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 18, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET in order to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.
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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Publishes Update on Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Value Sets for 2017 Performance Period

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has published an addendum to the 2016 eCQM specifications (published in April 2016). This addendum updates relevant International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performance year.

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Topics: CMS

New CMS Study Helps EPs Receive Full Credit in MIPS CPIA Category

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on January 5, 2017

Worried about participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System? CMS is conducting a Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) Study that can help you meet the CPIA requirement. Individual clinicians and groups who are eligible for MIPS that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the Improvement Activities performance category. Applications for the study will be accepted from January 1 – 31, 2017.

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Topics: CMS, Merit Based Incentive Payment System, MACRA

Medicare Policy Changes in 2016: What You Need to Know

by Ricki Ransom on July 19, 2016

Recent changes to medicare policy will impact your practice and your patients. Here's what you need to know and how you can adjust to the new payment policies.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS

What is an Advanced Alternative Payment Model?

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on June 7, 2016

The MACRA final rule details how Alternative Payment Models (APM) will enhance or replace some of the current fee-for-service payments. While the criterion may seem simple in theory, additional details help clarigy the difference between an Advanced Alternative Payment Model and an Alternative Payment Model.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, Incentive Programs, MACRA

What You Need to Know About the MACRA NPRM

by Jeff Jones, CPHP on May 25, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have released the notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The proposed rule was released in late April and the final rule is schedule to be released in the fall of this year (2016). Here is a breakdown of the MACRA NPRM if you haven't yet had the time to read the entire 962 pages.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, CMS, Merit Based Incentive Payment System, Incentive Programs

What You Need to Know About the Medicare Overpayment Rule

by Ricki Ransom on March 9, 2016

Remember in 2012 when CMS issued a rule requiring healthcare providers who discover past overpayments by Medicare or Medicaid to refund it within 60 days or risk the overpayment being labeled as a false claim? Well the final rule was published by CMS just last month (February). Here's what you need to know about the Medicare Overpayment Final Rule.

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Topics: Medical Business, Practice Management, CMS

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Attestation Deadline this Friday

by Kaitlyn Houseman on March 9, 2016

Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends Hardship Exception Application Deadline

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 29, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has extended the deadline to July 1 for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to apply for a Medicare Electronic Health (EHR) Incentive Program Hardship Exemption.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Extends the Attestation Deadline for the EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on February 11, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET, from the original deadline of Monday, February 29.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Obama Signs Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption Legislation

by Kaitlyn Houseman on January 5, 2016

Last week, President Obama signed into law a bill (S 2425) that expands providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful use program, EHR Intelligence reports. The legislation will create a blanket hardship exemption from 2015 meaningful use penalties, which would have been assessed in 2017.

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS Releases Notice To Address ICD-10 Claims Processing Issues

by Kaitlyn Houseman on December 7, 2015

CMS recently issued an update on the steps it has taken to address isolated problems with processing ICD-10 codes, AHA News reports (AHA News, 11/20). The U.S. health care system transitioned from using ICD-9 codes to the ICD-10 code set on Oct. 1. The switch required health care providers and insurers to change out about 14,000 codes for about 68,000 codes (iHealthBeat, 10/30).

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Topics: CMS, ICD-10

15 Things to Know About the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

by Kaitlyn Houseman on November 12, 2015

On Friday, the Obama administration issued its final rule for the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that includes several health IT provisions.  The fee schedule – the first since repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and enactment of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) – includes changes to payment policies, modifications to misvalued codes, and updates to quality performance metrics under the PQRS, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Physician Compare, among others. (Internal Medicine News, 10/31)
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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS, PQRS

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Signed Into Law

by Keith Lage on November 10, 2015

On Monday, November 2, President Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Among its provisions, the two-year budget deal sets 2016 Medicare Part B premium rates, changes Medicaid rebate policy, repeals the ACA auto-enrollment requirement, and provides for a new Medicare payment policy for new outpatient providers.

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Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Business, CMS, Incentive Programs

CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for EHR Incentive Programs

by Kaitlyn Houseman on October 7, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently announced the release of final rules for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs and the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. The rules will be published on October 16, 2015, and are currently on display in the Federal Register. 

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Topics: CMS, Incentive Programs

Top 4 ICD-10 Frequently Asked Questions with CMS and AMA

by Kaitlyn Houseman on July 7, 2015

Q. What if I run into a problem with the transition to ICD-10 on or after October 1st 2015?
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Topics: CMS, ICD-10