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Text-based platform aims to spur better chronic care, help providers with CMS incentive program

A North Carolina mobile health start-up says its newly launched mobile communication system simplifies a chronic care patient's clinical experiences from appointment management to document sharing, and helps providers meet federal mandates to attain incentives offered by the Medicare Chronic Care Management Program.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to resign

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner plans to resign, effective at the end of February, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell wrote in an email this morning obtained by  FierceHealthPayer. Andrew Slavitt, principal deputy administrator, will take on the role of acting administrator.

HHS officials: Meaningful Use attestation on the rise

Nearly 80 percent of hospitals eligible for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use have attested to the incentive program's requirements, according to data presented Jan. 13 at the year's first Health IT Policy Committee Meeting.   Eligible hospitals, according to an ONC official, were those that had completed two years of Stage 1 attestation. Read more

Telemedicine success hinges on willingness of states to improve the current landscape

Throughout 2014, telemedicine continued to make inroads for patient care efforts. For instance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in its final physician fee schedule rule posted last fall, agreed to cover a majority of services proposed in July, including psychotherapy and annual wellness visits.

Chronic care management: 3 hurdles to reimbursement

Beginning this month, practices are eligible to receive reimbursement for the non-face-to-face work they do to coordinate care for Medicare patie nts who are chronically ill. But despite the significance of this change, challenges remain for practices to actually obtain payments for CPT code 99490, which is intended to capture chronic care management (CCM) services, according to an arti cle  from  Medical Economics.

5 notable health IT headlines in 2014

When it comes to health IT news, 2014 was a whopper. From government turmoil to data breach mayhem, several stories stood out.   To that end, FierceHealthIT examined five of this year's biggest headlines. Read more...

ACO rolls swell following penalty reprieve

Closely on the wings of CMS' proposed rule that would give some accountable care organizations a three-year reprieve before they receive penalties for failure to meet performance measures, 89 new ACOs have announced that will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a blog post this week. 

FierceMedicalImaging: Our final issue

A little more than two years after publishing our first issue, this week's issue of  FierceMedicalImaging  will be the last.

ICD-10 testing: CMS announces dates, pubs guidance

A new ICD-10 end-to-end testing period for providers, as well as associated guidance for testing, was revealed this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CMS to hit 257,000 docs with Meaningful Use penalties

Roughly 257,000 Medicare eligible professionals (EPs) will be hit with a 1 percent penalty to their Medicare Physician Fee Schedule payments beginning  Jan. 5, 2015, for failing to meet Meaningful Use by Oct. 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revealed during a press call on Dec. 17. Of those 257,000 EPs, 28,000 will receive a 2 percent penalty for failing to meet an e-prescribing threshold.