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CMS, ONC release proposed rules for Meaningful Use Stage 3

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have issued their proposed rules outlining the requirements for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use incentive program.

4 ways hospitals can help physician practices transition to ICD-10

Hospitals must step in and assist struggling physician practices with ICD-10 implementation as the deadline draws closer, according to consultants D'Arcy Gue and Thomas Grove of Phoenix Health Systems.

HIT stakeholders: Technology critical to 'Next Generation' ACO models

Technology will play an integral role in deployment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "Next Generation Accountable Care Organization" model announced Tuesday, several health IT stakeholder organizations say.

What is a physician practice's role in reducing readmissions?

Although it's hospitals that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will penalize for excessive 30-day readmissions, primary care offices face increasing pressure to do their part to reduce readmissions as well, according to an article from  Medscape.

Testing, lack of contingency planning among docs' biggest ICD-10 concerns

Providers continue to be at odds when it comes to the forthcoming implementation of ICD-10.

Preauthorization programs have ill effects on patients and ambulance providers

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services preauthorization program designed to weed out fraud and abuse tied to non-emergency ambulance services in three states may be doing more harm than good.

CMS: 81 percent of initial ICD-10 test claims accepted

Of nearly 15,000 test claims received by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid for the first round of end-to-end ICD-10 testing, 81 percent were accepted, according to statistics revealed by the agency Wednesday.

CMS seeks input on role of health IT in new primary care models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for stakeholder input regarding the role of electronic health records and health IT in the agency's design of future advanced primary care models. 

With ICD-10 now on Congress' radar, it's put up--not shut up--time

It seems as if finally--after three delays and endless back-and-forth arguments about merits, costs and complexities—the transition to ICD-10 will happen this October. To briefly recap: First, the deadline was set for October 2011. Then  this happened  in January 2009 Then, the deadline was set for October 2013. Then  this happened  in February 2012 Then, the deadline was pushed back to October 2014. Then  this came out of left field  last spring Will the fourth time be the charm?

CMS: Providers face millions in Meaningful Use penalties

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that eligible providers who are subject to penalties under the Meaningful Use program could pay roughly $200 million in 2015.   That figure was shared by CMS officials at a joint meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator's Health IT Policy and Standards committees.