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Doc groups call for ICD-10 grace period

Four major medical organizations have echoed the American Medical Association's plea for a two-year grace period that would allow physicians to transition to the new coding system without penalty.

AHA raises concerns about proposed changes to Inpatient Prospective Payment System

The American Hospital Association has raised a variety of concerns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for fiscal 2016,  AHA News Now  has reported.

Providers deploy mobile technology to enhance chronic care management

A Florida hospital physician group is launching an mHealth platform to enhance care and treatment for Medicare patients.

CMS pays out $1.3 billion to settle disputed RAC claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proceeding with its plan to settle disputed recovery audit contractor clawbacks with hospitals, paying 1,900 inpatient facilities a total of $1.3 billion as of the start of this month, the agency announced.

ICD-10 bill calls for transition grace period

If proposed legislation is your bag, then ICD-10 truly is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest example comes in the form of H.R. 2652, also known as the Protecting Patients and Physicians Against Coding Act of 2015, introduced June 4 by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.).

UMass Memorial doubles down on virtual care investment

Like many hospitals and health systems, UMass Memorial Health Care is looking to improve the quality and overall health of its patients as the federal government moves to reimburse providers based on value and results, as opposed to volume. To that end, the four-hospital system plans to double down on its virtual care efforts.

CMS requires ACOs to explain health IT use

The  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule on Medicare Shed Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs), published late Thursday, finalizes a proposal that calls on ACOs to describe in their applications how they will promote the use of health IT to boost care coordination.

CMS releases final rule on MSSP ACOs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid late Thursday released its final rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program in an effort to encourage more participation of accountable care organizations in risk-based models.

Lawmakers: CMS must create ICD-10 contingency plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must make an ICD-10 contingency plan for how Medicare will process claims if on the implementation date--Oct. 1--the agency is unable to process the new codes, House lawmakers say in a letter to Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt.

CMS opens up claims data for makers of commercial products

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is opening up its data stores to innovators to help them create tools for the commercial marketplace, Andy Slavitt, acting administrator for the agency, said Tuesday morning at Health Datapalooza.