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Saturday, October 1, 2011

CMS wants to remind eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) of the key registration dates for the Electronic...

Friday, September 23, 2011

On September 14, 2011 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule for the new Medicaid Recovery Audit Program.  This is part of the Obama Administration’s initiative to curb waste, fraud and abuse....

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On September 7th, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) submitted a report that provides the results of the OIG's review of place-of-service coding for physician services processed by Medicare Part B carriers during 2008. ...

Monday, September 12, 2011

CMS is pleased to announce that incentive payments for the 2010 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) has begun for eligible professionals who met the criteria for successful reporting. Distribution of 2010 payments 2010 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The eRx Incentive Program was implemented by CMS in 2009 to encourage the use of electronic prescribing among physicians. 

 

CMS recently published a final ruling that addresses the use of EMR software for reporting, allows for additional Hardship Exemption Categories,...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

On August 23rd, 2011, CMS published a fact sheet outlining their intention to develop "bundled payment" models under the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative.  According to the fact sheet, "providers have great flexibility in selecting conditions to bundle, developing the health...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A little noticed provision in the Affordable Care Act authorizes the federal government to provide billions of dollars in start-up and capitalization funding for new state-based Health Insurance Cooperatives (CO-OPs).

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

On July 11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposed rules outlining the mechanisms states must use in establishing Affordable Health Insurance Exchanges.  The establishment of these Exchanges was...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

On June 30, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule which began to implement long-awaited Administrative Simplification provisions originally mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In an effort to provide consumers with more information and accelerate the transition to better health insurance coverage, the Administration has issued new guidance that will eliminate the ability of new, so-called “mini-med” plans that offer...

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