Due to the high volume of new ICD-10 procedure and diagnosis codes released on October 1, 2016, the CMS was unable to update all of the PQRS measures. As a result, CMS will not penalize eligible providers or group practices that fail “to satisfactorily report for CY [calendar year] 2016 solely as a result of the impact of ICD-10 code updates on quality data reported for the 4th quarter of CY 2016.”
Due to technical difficulties and increased demand on the AHIMA’s CEU Center and web store during this peak CEU earning and reporting period, AHIMA is extending the period where you can earn CEUs to January 31, 2017, from the original date of December 31, 2016.
While the healthcare industry plays “wait and see” as uncertainty looms with regard to the regulatory landscape ahead, the events of this past year offer a few hints as to what we might expect in 2017.
When people ask Davi Trotti, MA, RHIA, what it was like to live onboard the hospital ship Africa Mercy, she tells them “During the week I live in Europe and on the weekends I live in Africa.”
In a recent editorial, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell gave a broad overview of the achievements of the Affordable Care Act, touching on everything from health insurance exchange to accountable care organizations and health IT.