HHS Extends Stage 2 Deadline for Early Adopters

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced changes to the timeline of the meaningful use EHR incentive program that will give providers who adopt EHRs in 2011 an extra year to progress to stage 2 of the program. Under the original rules of the meaningful use program, providers who adopt health IT in 2011 (and register for the program through February 2012) must progress to stage 2 of the program in 2013. Providers...

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Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Program

Monday Coding Quiz: Which program was released in 1995 to target fraud and abuse prevention among healthcare providers?

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Components of Patient Records

Monday Coding Quiz: Which of the following elements is not a component of most patient records?

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CMS Delays Enforcement of Verison 5010 HIPAA Standards

Enforcement of the 5010 HIPAA transaction standards has been delayed until March 31, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Nov. 17.

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AMA Delegates Vote to Stop ICD-10 Implementation

On Tuesday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted to “work vigorously” to stop the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. “The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patients’ care,” said Peter W. Carmel, MD, AMA president, in a press release. “At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this...

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