CMS Archive

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

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

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

AMA Develops New Models of Healthcare to Ultimately Benefit Patients and the Healthcare System

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently has developed a plan to encourage competition and innovation in order to benefit patients and the healthcare system.  The AMA calls its model of patient care the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and at the heart of these ACOs will be physicians, removing the need for consolidation under a hospital

Senate Passes One-Month Reprieve for Medicare Pay Cuts

The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill on November 18th that will postpone a 23% cut in Medicare physician pay that was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2010.  The House is expected to take up the Senate bill after Thanksgiving.  Nonetheless, even if the house follows suit and approves the bills, physicians

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

CMS Announces PECOS Deadline to be Pushed Up to July 2010

On May 5, 2010, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register which pushed up the deadline for all Medicare-participating providers to be enrolled in Medicare through the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).  Under the new rule, all physicians who order or refer imaging,

MTBC to Sponsor Free Webinar Regarding E-Prescribing

The CMS bonus deadline for implementing electronic prescribing technology is quickly approaching. Is your practice prepared to meet the looming deadline? Many providers may be startled by the following statistics: According to a recent study, electronic prescribers spend 50% less time on refills/renewals. Approximately 7,000 Americans die each year from preventable medication errors. In 2009,

Medicare to Stop Paying for Certain “Never Events”

Beginning tomorrow, Medicare will no longer provide reimbursement for certain newly added “never event.” In particular, Medicare will refuse to provide reimbursement for the following conditions: Surgical site infections following certain elective procedures Legionnaires’ disease Extreme blood sugar derangement Lung collapse (Iatrogenic pneumothorax) Delirium Ventilator-associated pneumonia Formation/movement of a blood clot (Deep vein thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism)

E-Prescribing Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Regular readers of this blog will recall our recent discussion concerning the new ‘carrot’ of a 2% bonus that is being offered to electronic prescribers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Perhaps you will also recall our blog regarding the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (“DEA”) efforts to make E-prescribing more attractive by eliminating