Expecting a Bargain on ICD-10 Training

HIM directors and managers may be greatly underestimating the amount of money it will take to train their coding staff on ICD-10-CM/PCS, according to survey results from AHIMA. The survey, conducted with more than 600 HIM professionals this past fall, showed that department heads who have only estimated their training expenses are projecting figures significantly lower than those colleagues who have actually prepared budgets....

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Public Review for Quality Measures Selection

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been working to streamline the quality measures it requires across its programs, with a goal of aligning the measures in its meaningful use and value-based purchasing initiatives. A provision of the Affordable Care Act has created a formal process to ensure CMS receives annual public review and comment on the measures it proposes. The act required the Department of Health and Human...

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Meaningful Use Payments Jump in November

The meaningful use EHR incentive program continues to build steam, with nearly 19,000 professionals and hospitals registering for the program in November. Nearly 7,000 providers received incentive payments that month, sending year-to-date total payments above $1.8 billion.

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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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