CMS Releases Notice on Meaningful Use, ONC Issues Certification Standards

CMS and ONC released proposed and interim regulations on meaningful use and EHR certification late yesterday as the year wound down. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a 556-page notice of proposed rulemaking defining the “meaningful use” of EHRs and describing the provisions governing the incentive programs. [January 13 update: official publication occurred in the Federal Register today.] The program...

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CMS Eliminates Reimbursement for Consultations

Confusion and disagreement about the proper use of consultation codes has persisted since their development in 1990. Now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a solution: cancel them. CMS finalized its decision to eliminate the use of all consultation codes with the exception of telehealth consultation G codes. CMS will not reimburse for consultation codes submitted on Medicare claims beginning January 1, 2010. Physicians...

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