Uncertain Benefits, Certain Difficulties Inform Disclosure Rule

Feedback on accountings of disclosure the Office for Civil Rights solicited last year offers insight into the provider and consumer experience with accountings to date. That experience shows in OCR’s newly proposed rule, which seeks to both ease the burden and improve the information.

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Medicaid Stops Payments on “Healthcare-Acquired Conditions”

Effective July 1 the federal government will prohibit Medicaid payments to the states for services treating healthcare-acquired conditions. Compliance begins July 1, 2012. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the new policy in a final rule June 6. The changes and the effective date were mandated in section 2702 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In effect, CMS has extended to Medicaid a program...

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Dusting off the NPP

Perhaps it’s not the biggest challenge within the proposed modifications to the accounting of disclosure provision, but it will require planning and budget. As the implementation date draws near, covered entities will be dusting off the master copy of their notice of privacy practices and distributing updated versions to consumers. On May 31 the Office for Civil Rights published a proposed rule expanding an individual’s right to an...

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ANSI Named ONC Approved Accreditor

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has been named the ONC Approved Accreditor for the meaningful use program. It will be responsible for accrediting organizations to serve as official ONC certifiers of electronic health record technology.

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CMS Aligns e-Prescribing Incentive Program with Meaningful Use

On Wednesday, June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would modify its Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program to better align with the meaningful use program. The proposed rule would enable physicians to participate in the meaningful use program and avoid e-prescribing penalties, which include a 1 percent Medicare payment reduction based on Medicare Part B allowed charges. The proposed...

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