Almost $90m paid out to providers as MU incentives!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Office of E-Health Standards and Services announced yesterday that almost $90 million have been paid out to eligible practices and hospitals under the Meaningful Use EHR incentive program this past September. Robert Anthony, who made the announcement, said that $25 million of the total was paid out to

U.S. Supreme Court Opens New Term with Health Care Storm Looming Overhead

The U.S. Supreme Court term opened today with expectations that the Justices will rule on the numerous legal questions surrounding the federal health care reform. Although not formally on the docket, most experts believe that the constitutional challenge to President Obama’s health care overhaul almost certainly will be decided this term. Since the Affordable Care

UN To Hold First Summit on Non-communicable Diseases

As the General Assembly gathers in New York this September 19-20, 2011, at the United Nations, the first ever summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be held.  The summit, officially called the “High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” will bring together global health leaders to

Where GOP Presidential Hopefuls Stand On Health Care

Kaiser Health News has assembled a helpful chart detailing where five of the declared candidates for the Republican presidential nomination – Bachmann, Hutsman, Paul, Perry and Romney – currently stand on major health care issues.  The chart is sorted by issue and will be updated as the candidates continue to develop their platform. Definitely worth

New EHR-sharing plan introduced by Highmark

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (8/20, Nixon) reports that Pennslyvania’s largest health insurer, Highmark Inc., “is developing its own network to allow doctors and hospitals across Pennsylvania to easily share electronic health records.” Although Highmark “is not ready to release details of the network, known as a health information exchange, such as cost or the hospital systems

Affordable Care Act Rules to Prevent Fraud: How Increased Vigilance Will Affect Your Practice

If you are wondering how the new healthcare law – the Affordable Care Act – will affect your practice, you are not alone. Providers across the country are trying to understand the implications that this new law will have on reimbursements and the practice of medicine.  Well, because the public is clamoring for my opinion

Affordability: The Future of Health Insurance

The Departments of Health and Human Services and Treasury have taken the next steps in establishing Affordable Insurance Exchanges – State-based competitive marketplaces, which launch in 2014, designed to provide individuals and small businesses with access to one-stop marketplaces where they can choose a private health insurance plan that fits their needs and offers the

ICD-10 Info Series Part 2

Welcome back! I hope that you enjoyed my last post about an overview of ICD-10 implementation. Well get ready, because today’s post covers the basic steps to comply with ICD-10 implementation as detailed by CMS. To CMS’s credit, there is no under exaggeration of the complexities and challenges that ICD-10 implementation will create. To this

HHS Proposes Access Report for Patients: Proposed changes to HIPAA Privacy Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now reviewing comments from healthcare industry participants about its proposed rule to modify the standard for accounting of PHI disclosures under the HIPAA Privacy Rule.  HHS has proposed revising the Privacy Rule by dividing it into two separate rights for individuals: the right to an access

ICD-10 Info Series – Part 1

An old saying goes that “laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.”  The decision to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is no exception to this saying and most likely the finished product will not be appetizing to most healthcare providers