As the MACRA transition gets underway, it will be crucial for providers to use 2017 to get their IT capabilities up to speed in order to be successful under the new law.
With on-site HIPAA audits by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights slated to start this year, both covered entities and their business associates need to be prepared.
The Trump Administration has in the last two weeks issued executive orders that directly impact current health IT legislation and the implementation of recent regulations.
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.”
In response to numerous stakeholder requests for more time, CMS announced its plan to offer providers more flexibility in complying with the reporting periods tied to MACRA.