Not two weeks ago, I questioned whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's continued rigidity in its stop gap "flexible" Meaningful Use rule for 2014 would come back to haunt the agencies. Turns out I was right. Stakeholders are rebelling--and in a number of different ways.
Coverage and reimbursement of telehealth, especially for Medicaid and Medicare, was the topic of choice during a roundtable discussion held by the U.S. Senate Special Commission on Aging on Tuesday.
Those companies waiting to bid for a recovery audit contractor pact from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will have to wait. A ruling by the U.S. Court of Federal Claims has likely pushed the bidding process back by as much as a year,
Providers have been expressing their disappointment that the final Meaningful Use flexibility rule, released Aug. 29, saying it offers scant relief, is "too little too late" and puts the very future of the program "in question."
Expansion to telemedicine coverage for Medicare beneficiaries recommended by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in its proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015 generally was praised in comments recently submitted by industry stakeholders, including the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association.
The Meaningful Use program has paid providers more than $24.8 billion in incentive payments since its inception, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' latest report.
Despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' efforts to add flexibility to the Meaningful Use incentive program through a finalized rule announced last Friday, many hospital CIOs on FierceHealthIT 's Editorial Advisory Board remain frustrated about what lies ahead.
Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program will be extended through 2016 for certain providers and Stage 3 will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful users of electronic health records in 2011 or 2012 based on a final rule announced today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has applied the wrong transition factor in calculating the Meaningful Use incentive payments for some hospitals, causing them to receive fewer incentive monies than what they were entitled to, according to an alert from the law firm of King and Spalding.
Health plans participating in health insurance exchanges have a world of hurt coming if they fail to prepare for a complicated and changing regulatory environment--complete with tough enforcement action, a new Deloitte paper says.