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CMS publishes Final MACRA Rule for MIPS and APM Incentives

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Electronic Health Records, Health and Human Services (HHS), Healthcare costs, Medicaid

On October 14, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule implementing the new Quality Payment Program for physicians in lieu of the repealed sustainable growth rate factor (SGR). Rather than facing substantial annual reductions in Medicare payment fees as a result of the SGR, physicians now have two interrelated… Continue Reading

MACRA ON THE MOVE!

Posted in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Electronic Health Records, Healthcare costs, MACRA - Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

CMS proposed rule details Medicare’s new physician “Quality Payment Program” Reporting under new measures slated to begin in 2017 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for Medicare payment to physicians, released a proposed rule on April 27, 2016, setting forth key provisions of its Quality Payment Program for physicians,… Continue Reading

HIPAA AND FEES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS

Posted in Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, Medical Records, Release of Information

HIPAA AND FEES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS – Updated OCR guidance sets limits. Physicians and other HIPAA covered entity providers are familiar with HIPAA’s rule on fees that may be charged when individuals request copies of their medical records. The federal Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the enforcement agency for the HIPAA Privacy Rule, recently released… Continue Reading

Peeling Back the Apple Watch

Posted in Electronic Health Records, HIPAA

Apple Watch, HIPAA, and Mobile Healthcare Industry. When one of our more tech savvy partners recently showed us his new Apple Watch, it instinctively raised questions as to how would HIPAA regulate its use. One possible answer is that the features of this new Apple Watch may be the linchpin to a whole new culture in… Continue Reading

MEDICARE EHR MEANINGFUL USE PENALTY NOTICES – REDUCTIONS IN PAYMENT TO BEGIN ON JANUARY 5TH

Posted in American Medical Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-CMS, Electronic Health Records, Medical Records

MEDICARE EHR MEANINGFUL USE PENALTY NOTICES ON THEIR WAY TO 257,000 On December 21, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began issuing letters to physicians and other health professionals eligible to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program notifying them of a 1% Medicare payment penalty they will incur in 2015 for… Continue Reading

Electronic Health Records (EHR) – Work in Progress – More needed in rural areas

Posted in Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records will change the practice of medicine.  Physicians, hospitals, medical groups are all in the process of converting to the electronic health record.  Currently, nearly $4.5 billion in federal incentives have helped move this conversion forward.  Over the final three months of 2011, EHR incentive payments from the federal government doubled.  In a… Continue Reading