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HHS to Cut Premiums for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it will cut premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions by about 20% in those states in which it operates its Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.  In addition, HHS will ask those states that operate the program on their own to cut coverage rates as well.

Partial I-9/I-10 Code Freeze Finalized and Ready to Begin in 2012

The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee intends to implement a partial freeze of ICD 9-CM and ICD 10-CM codes prior to the implementation of the ICD-10 on October 1, 2013. This was announced at a National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) meeting, which took place in Baltimore, MD from September 14-16, 2010.  The

ONC-ATCB Certification Program Launched by CCHIT

The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) has successfully launched its certification program as an ONC-ATCB (Authorized Testing and Certification Body of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology).  CCHIT, acknowledged by the ONC as one of the initial ATCBs, will verify that EMRs solutions are capable of meeting the 2011/2012

AMA Calls on the Debt Commission to Repeal the SGR Formula

The country’s largest medical society, the American Medical Association (AMA), has urged the bipartisan Debt Commission created by President Obama to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. AMA expressed its demands to members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. It requested that a proposal be sent to Congress to permanent repeal

Real Time Claims Adjudication

Healthcare providers using MTBC’s services can further accelerate their collections through real-time claims adjudication (RTA).  MTBC already offers RTA with many of the major insurance payers, including United Healthcare, Humana, BCBS-FL, BCBS-PA, and BCBS-WV, and is in the process of testing its RTA with a number of other national regional payers. RTA allows providers and

MTBC’s E-Prescribing Application Approved by Apple® for the Apple® App Store

Representing its technology strength, MTBC’s e-prescribing application recently has been approved by Apple® for sale in the Apple® App Store. MTBC’s e-prescribing app allows physicians to send prescriptions to pharmacies electronically, directly from their Apple® iPhone™, iPad™ or iTouch™ devices. The ability to e-prescribe is one of the key action items in the U.S. government’s

Medicare Part D Beneficiaries to Get 50% Discount on Drugs in 2011

Vice President Biden, along with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 that a 50% discount will be given to Medicare Part D beneficiaries on covered brand-name prescription drugs starting in 2011. Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, and VP

Why Health Information Exchange?

Recently physicians have started to adopt electronic medical records in order to enjoy the government’s financial incentive bonuses as per the HITECH Act. Yet, if they really want to earn these incentives, physicians have to make sure that their EMR is related to some other EMR and health technology systems. The government has announced clearly

MTBC Presents Webinar on “A Practical Guide to Achieving ‘Meaningful Use’ of Your EHR”

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010, MTBC hosted a free webinar entitled “A Practical Guide to Achieving ‘Meaningful Use’ of Your EHR”.  The hour long information session was presented by Muhammad Chebli, Vice President of Information Technology for MTBC.  Mr. Chebli provided a coherent strategy to achieve meaningful use, as defined by the Healthcare Information Technology

CMS Issues Guidance to States for Medicaid Health IT Projects

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have provided state Medicaid directors with the federal government’s expectations while implementing the medical portion of the EMR incentive program. According to the incentive program, the eligible physician fulfilling the criteria of “meaningful use” will be provided with the full cost of Medicaid bonuses and 90% of the