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Now is the Time to Get Ready for PQRI

As of July 1, 2007, providers must begin reporting information regarding certain quality measures (I’ll describe this in greater detail tomorrow). While the official kickoff for reporting activities is still months away, NOW is the time to make certain that you will be ready. If you are using an EMR, your new reporting responsibilities will

Medicare PQRI Deadline Approaches

As we approach the July 1, 2007 deadline, health care providers are increasingly asking about the details associated with Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (“PQRI”). My next few blogs will address some of the questions I have been asked by providers. Many providers are simply asking “what is PQRI?” PQRI is an initiative created by

CMS Relaxes NPI Deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just announced that it is relaxing the enforcement of its May 23, 2007 deadline concerning the mandatory use of the National Provider Identifier (“NPI”) in conjunction with all standard transactions. Section 1173(b) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) set into motion

OIG Certifies Hawaii’s False Claims Act

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just announced that it has reviewed and approved of Hawaii’s version of a False Claims Act. Thus Hawaii joins four other approved states (Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia) and is now entitled to receive federal funding under section