April 14, 2015

Senate passes permanent repeal of SGR

This evening the Senate joined the House in passing a permanent repeal of the SGR, averting the 21% payment reduction that was to take effect on April 1, 2015.  The bill now heads to the desk of the President, who has issued a formal statement supporting the bill, indicating that he would sign it. The bill provides for a 0.5% payment update for five years before offering additional incentives to providers to use alternative, value-based payment models.  It consolidates three existing value-based programs (EHR Meaningful Use, PQRS, and Value-based Modifier) into a single program. The bill... Read More...
April 13, 2015

CMS proposed rule would ease EHR program demands

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking to give more flexibility to hospitals, office-based physicians and other healthcare providers to meet federal requirements for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs). The agency announced earlier this month a proposed rule to standardize the 2015 reporting period for the EHR incentive-payment program to 90 consecutive days of achieving meaningful-use criteria. Current rules require providers to meet meaningful-use targets for a full calendar year to avoid losing incentive payments and facing Medicare reimbursement... Read More...
January 5, 2015

OIG Work Plan for 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan for fiscal year 2015 provides a view into the OIG's planned areas of focus for investigation and enforcement activities in the coming year.  Unlike the previous year, where more than half of all the projects were new, there are only 19 new projects this year with none of those directed solely at physicians.  The 2015 OIG Work Plan continues to focus heavily on hospitals as they have the distinction of having the most projects at 22. According to the plan, much of the agency's ongoing work will... Read More...


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