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Another chronic care management challenge: Achieving ROI

More than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries suffer from two or more chronic conditions, which often require more time and resources to manage than most physicians say they have, according to a new report from SmartCCM.

CMS: Government shutdown won't jeopardize ICD-10 transition

While officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not say definitively on a media call Thursday what the status of the agency's new ICD-10 Coordination Center and its ombudsman would be in the event of a government shutdown on Oct. 1, they did maintain that the transition itself will go on as planned.

CMS takes steps to minimize ICD-10 errors, but impact unknown until implementation

Actions taken by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the ICD-10 transition could help to minimize errors, according to a report, but the impact of errors that do occur won't be known until the new code set is implemented.

Hospitals want CMS to consider income data in ratings

Hospital groups are pushing back against the five-star rating system the Medicare program uses to assess hospitals' care quality.

4 ways to make Medicare's wellness codes work for your practice

The now three-year-old codes for Medicare's annual wellness visit "look good on paper, [but] they don't work out in practice," Paul Speckart, M.D., an internist in San Diego, recently told  MedPage Today.

Government can't continue to leave MU stakeholders in the dark

The government receives a lot of criticism for what it does and does not do. Some of that criticism is unfounded. But sometimes it's justifiable.

Funding cuts hamper initiatives to ease med device regulation bottlenecks

Two initiatives are in play to address bottlenecks created by the need for device makers to adhere to mandates by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services--however, funding cuts have kept the programs from reaching their full potential, according to a Health Affairs policy brief.

American Hospital Association applauds proposed changes to two-midnight rule

In a sign that hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are moving closer to an agreement over the controversial two-midnight rule regarding inpatient admissions, the American Hospital Association has praised changes that have been proposed by the agency--but it still wants more time before those changes go into effect.

CMS names William Rogers ICD-10 ombudsman

Emergency room physician William Rogers, who currently serves as director of the Physicians Regulatory Issues Team at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was announced Thursday as the agency's ICD-10 ombudsman.

ACOs increasing their use of EHRs, CMS says

Electronic health records are increasingly becoming an integral part of Medicare's accountable care organizations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2014 quality and financial performance results.