CMS Aligns e-Prescribing Incentive Program with Meaningful Use

On Wednesday, June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would modify its Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program to better align with the meaningful use program. The proposed rule would enable physicians to participate in the meaningful use program and avoid e-prescribing penalties, which include a 1 percent Medicare payment reduction based on Medicare Part B allowed charges. The proposed...

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Additional SSN Resources

The online version of the June practice brief “Limiting the Use of the Social Security Number in Healthcare” includes three additional appendixes. Appendix A provides a chronological list of SSN legislation. Appendix B outlines legislation the federal government has passed restricting or prohibiting SSN use. Appendix C lists the laws states have passed restricting SSN...

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June 2011

There are two basic approaches to the ICD-10 transition: (1) a late, mad scramble to get systems converted before the deadline; or (2) an intentional cultivation that uses the transition to improve business processes, documentation and clinical care. Three organizations offer a picture of the latter approach.

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CMS Launches Fast-Track Pioneer ACO Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has requested applications for a new ACO initiative called the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model. The model is designed for healthcare organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings. The initiative will test how moving experienced organizations more rapidly to...

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Additional HIE Resources Available Online

The online version of the May practice brief “HIE Management and Operational Considerations” includes two new appendixes. Appendix A provides a glossary of terms commonly used in HIEs, while appendix B outlines policy and procedure considerations for HIE operations. The appendixes appear at the end of the practice...

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