House VoteOn March 26, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This comprehensive Medicare legislation will, among other things, repeal the detested Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, a statutory mechanism creating perennial headaches for both physicians and Congress.

eMDsMerger Offers Customers a Single Point Clinical and Revenue Cycle Management Solution

MDeverywhere is pleased to announce that we signed an agreement to merge with eMDs, a leading provider of electronic health records. The merger allows us to offer a fully integrated clinical and financial system designed to help physicians build a better practice.

Significant changes will be introduced starting April 1, 2015 by the New York State Legislature to add a layer of protection against out-of-network billing on patients. Under this new law, health care providers will be obligated to provide patients with their plan affiliations prior to the provision of non-emergency services, and verbally at the time of the appointment.

Health and Human ServicesOn March 20th, the HHS and CMS announced the release of the proposed Meaningful Use Stage 3 rules for the Medicare and Medicaid EHRs Incentive Programs. Concurrently, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria proposed rule.

Doctor with PatientCollect the Patient’s Responsibility of the Service

United States CongressUPDATE: There will be no “doc fix” until mid-April. The Senate adjourned for spring break on Friday morning without taking up legislation to permanently repeal the SGR formula.

Urology: Continuing our series on ICD-10-CM basics we are offering high-level primers to illustrate the differences on specific documentation requirements for various specialties.

United States CongressHouse and Senate leaders introduced legislation on Thursday to permanently fix the physician's Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and extend CHIP and other "extenders,” while still working on offsets and other policies that will be attached.

CMSBuilding on the Pioneer and Shared Savings programs, on March 10, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of its new Next Generation ACO Model.