CMS has released the PQRS specifications for the 2014 reporting period and as expected, they are full of changes. eMDs has published the list of revised, retired and active claims based measures in our Healthcare Resources page so you can see the measures impacting your reporting requirements and understand the potential impact on your revenue by not reporting on these measures.
ElectronicMedicalRecordsMandate.org provides direct information on a variety of EHR topics surrounding the HITECH act, the 2014 mandates and the penalties providers will be impacted by in 2015 if they are not meeting the 'meaningful use' guidelines by the end of 2014. This article, reposted from the EMR Mandate website, outlines the three stages of the EMR Mandate.
In an article posted in the Healthcare Business News section of Modern Healthcare on January 14, 2014 , Joe Carlson reports on the AMA's fear of privacy loss as Medicare moves to reveal docs pay reporting The American Medical Association is warning that the Obama administration could violate physicians' privacy rights if it poorly implements its new policy for info
President Obama signed the “budget bill” which includes the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013 on December 26th. This 3-month SGR (sustainable growth rate) patch is intended to give Congress time to find a replacement for the SGR. The impact on Medicare reimbursement is:
HealthCare.gov published Customer Service contact numbers for all Exchange Plans for practices to verify coverage. As reported by HFMA Healthcare Business News on 12/30/13, CMS has published a database containing customer service telephone numbers for all plans on the federal exchange marketplace so that provider offices may verify coverage for patients who have not yet received ID cards.
CMS has released the PQRS specifications for the 2014 reporting period and as expected, they are full of changes. Since inception, the Physician Quality Reporting System, has greatly changed the coding and documentation landscape for Eligible Professionals and Group Practices. Reporting on quality measures has become a way of life for the practicing physician.
The current problems with the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges should not deter doctors and medical practices from creating marketing strategies that focus specifically on the newly insured. These new and soon-to-be insured consumers differ in some fundamental ways from those currently covered, and these differences will be reflected in how their doctors and care providers are chosen.