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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.

GAO: CMS on target with ICD-10 readiness efforts

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has taken positive steps to help prepare the healthcare industry for ICD-10, but every organization must prepare in advance if the transition is to be successful, according to a report published late last week by the Government Accountability Office.

Medicare covers lung cancer screening for first time

Effective immediately, Medicare will now cover screening for lung cancer using Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT), according to an announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CMS to continue publication of doc payment data

Despite harsh criticism from doctors' groups following the release of physician payment data last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that it continue publication of the information annually,  ac cording to  the  Wall Street Journal. 

Meaningful Use reporting period change gains widespread industry approval

Hospital CIOs on  FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announcement that it plans to shorten the attesting reporting period for Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs in 2015 from 365 days to 90 days.

CMS to shorten Meaningful Use attestation reporting period for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finally agreed to give providers a reprieve, announcing that it intends to issue a new rule that would "update" the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, and shorten the attesting reporting period in 2015 from 365 days to 90 days in order to "accommodate" these changes.

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.