ICD-10 Planning Shows Progress with Two Years to Go

With the ICD-10-CM/PCS deadline two years away—almost to the day—results of a AHIMA new survey show that more organizations are getting their transitions in motion. Eighty-five percent of respondents to the August survey said that their organizations had begun work on ICD-10 planning and implementation, a significant jump from 62 percent one year earlier.

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Meaningful Use Registration, Payments Jump in August

The Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs are picking up speed. The providers coming in—and the payments going out—increased rapidly between July and August, CMS reports.

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Little Breaches

For the first time the Office for Civil Rights has released figures on the “small” data breaches reported to it under the federal breach notification rule. Small breaches, it turns out, are very, very small.

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CMS Adds Exemptions to eRX Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published the final rule on the 2011 electronic prescribing (eRX) incentive program September 6, introducing new hardship exemptions that will allow some providers to avoid payment reductions. The prescribing program, which offers incentives to eligible professionals who are successful electronic prescribers, also includes payment adjustment in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for...

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Sample Policy and Procedure Template for Problem Lists

The online version of the September practice brief “Problem List Guidance in the EHR” includes a sample policy and procedure for problem lists. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to developing and using problem lists, but rather multiple approaches to be considered.

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