Policy and Regulation

Payments for Meaningful Use approach $24 billion

As more healthcare providers begin to experience the advantages of using electronic health records, the Meaningful Use program from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) increased its incentive payments to participating practices. Over the last few years, CMS has seen its reimbursement totals steadily rise with each successful month of the initiative. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

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An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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It's Official: ICD-10 Delay Confirmed

On April 1, President Obama signed H.R.4302, effectively delaying the transition to ICD-10 for at least another year. This is great news for practices that were struggling to prepare, but frustrating for those who have already invested significant resources to make sure they were ready on Oct. 1, 2014. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Integrate health IT in accordance with federal programs

As more healthcare providers continue to adopt electronic health records in participation with the EHR Incentive Program established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the need for integration becomes stronger each day. Connecting practices with disparate health information technology (HIT) systems can be the key to improving the services physicians provide to patients.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Work to develop a proper contingency plan for ICD-10

Healthcare providers have been working tirelessly this year to meet the standards set by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and attest to the Meaningful Use of electronic health records. The federal agency has done its best to entice physicians to adopt the information technology by developing the EHR Incentive Program that allots payments to practices that are successful in implementing the healthcare software. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Proposed ICD-10 delay set to be voted on by Senate

For months, physicians have held out hope that the rollout deadline of Oct. 1, 2014, for ICD-10 implementation would get pushed back. They already have a substantial challenge in attesting to Stage 2 Meaningful Use and ensuring that their electronic health records software is ready to handle the transition. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS clears up EHR hardship exemption requirements

While many providers are working to attest to Meaningful Use as participants in the EHR Incentive Program, others are still struggling to meet the requirements of the first stage.

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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ICD-10 and the importance of analytics in healthcare

Since the transition to ICD-10 was first announced, healthcare providers have been divided on the overhaul of the medical coding system. After Oct. 1, the number of codes will triple and physicians will be required to demonstrate more specificity in their diagnoses. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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CMS confirms dates of ICD-10 end-to-end testing

Ever since the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to conduct end-to-end testing for the new ICD-10 code sets, providers have been waiting for further clarification on how to get involved. One of the first programs of its kind, the tests will simulate the proper protocols for submitting claims to payers with the newer, more specific diagnoses.  [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Survey: Attitudes Towards ICD-10

NueMD is conducting a survey to gauge healthcare professionals’ attitudes toward the ICD-10 transition. We’re aiming to evaluate the general perception of ICD-10 as well as anticipated effects it will have on specific business areas (finance, operations, etc.). [cont...]

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Stage 2 and ICD-10 have rigorous timelines, but major changes aren't forthcoming

Today's doctors face an unprecedented amount of work, between EHR software adoption programs like Meaningful Use and a brand new code set for claims processing. The upcoming year, 2014, is slated to be one of the most hectic and industry-changing. Stage 2 Meaningful Use begins its first physician reporting period on Jan. 1 - and by Oct. [cont...]

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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