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Telehealth legislation seeks better coverage for chronically ill

Forthcoming legislation set to be introduced by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) looks to expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed earlier this month in its update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Proposed HOPPS rule calls for colonoscopy complication reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed adding a claims-based quality reporting measure for colonoscopy to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (QPR) program.

Proposed HOPPS rule would increase breast biopsy reimbursements

The proposed rule for changes to the hospital outpatient prospective payment system (HOPPS) for 2015, recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, would significantly increase breast biopsy payments.

CMS proposes widespread changes with 2015 physician fee schedule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which doesn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). 

Online tool aims to help providers determine 2014 MU attestation options

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released an interactive decision tool to help providers determine their participation options in the Meaningful Use incentive program for 2014 pursuant to the agency's proposed flexibility rule.

CMS proposal would require EHRs for payment of chronic care management

CMS has followed through with its stated intention of requiring electronic health records for payment of chronic care management (CCM), proposing in its 2015 physician payment rule that physicians receive a separate payment for CCM services, but only if they are using at least the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology.

CMS proposes expanded telehealth coverage for 2015

Annual wellness visits and psychotherapy are among four services the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to add to the list of services that can be provided to Medicare beneficiaries via telehealth, according to a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year issued late Thursday.

MGMA speaks out against payers' use of 'virtual credit cards'

Earlier this month,  FierceHealthFinance  reported that hospitals raised objections to health plans' use of so-called virtual credit cards to pay claims, chiefly because they subject providers to transaction fees of up to 5 percent.

ICD-10 survey indicates 'surprising' level provider readiness

Providers responding to a recent survey on ICD-10 expressed concerns about the impact the coding switch--set to go into effect Oct. 1, 2015, after being delayed in April--will have on revenue, productivity and workflow.

CMS gives pharmacists green light to bill incident-to docs

In an effort to make the patient-centered medical home model more financially viable for practices, Medicare officially granted permission for pharmacists to bill their patient-care services incident-to a physician, according to an announcement from the American Pharmacists Association.