GAO: CMS ready for ICD-10, but are you?

There is good news for healthcare providers coming out of the Government Accountability Office: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is prepared for the switch to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, according to a newly released report. The 41-page report notes that CMS has undertaken “a number of efforts” to prepare for transition to the […]

CMS to modify requirements for Meaningful Use

Bowing to pressure from physician groups, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Jan. 29 that it would amend its requirements for healthcare providers to meet meaningful use in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive programs. Among the most significant of these changes is to shorten the Meaningful Use […]

HHS: Medicare payments to be tied to quality, not quantity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that future Medicare payments will be linked to quality and not quantity. This is the first time the federal agency has set specific goals designed to move away from plans that reward providers for the amount of care they provide instead of the quality […]

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