Meaningful Use to End in 2016 Per CMS

Meaningful Use to End in 2016 Per CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it will be ending the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program in 2016. The announcement—delivered by CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in a speech at a J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday—follows months of requests from physician and other health stakeholder groups to slow…

Final Colorado Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule Issued

Final Colorado Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule Issued

The Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation (DOWC) recently issued final utilization standards and the final Colorado Workers’ Compensation Medical Fee Schedule that affect all workers’ compensation billing, and will go into effect January 1, 2016. Among several significant changes are that these rules and regulations require payers to adopt Medicare’s Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS)…

Colorado Providers – New Credentialing Standards for Pinnacol Assurance!

Colorado Providers – New Credentialing Standards for Pinnacol Assurance!

As part of the ongoing effort to educate providers about the most effective treatment protocols for workers’ compensation, Pinnacol Assurance is amending their SelectNet network credentialing standards for nurse practitioners and physician assistants practicing in the following urban counties:  Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Jefferson, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld. Mid-level providers in…

Colorado Medicaid Begins Provider Credentialing Revalidations

Colorado Medicaid Begins Provider Credentialing Revalidations!

Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ Provider Revalidation & Enrollment Begins September 15, 2015 New federal regulations established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require enhanced screening and revalidation for all Medicare, Medicaid, and CHP+ providers. Beginning September 15, 2015, all Colorado providers who want to continue, or begin, providing services to Medicaid and…

CMS is Preparing to Update Eligible Professionals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is preparing to update eligible professionals and group practices on its plans for 2017 Medicare payment adjustments in an upcoming Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Provider Call on September 24. The call scheduled for later this month — Medicare Quality Reporting Programs: 2017 Payment Adjustments — will focus on…

Changing the Future With ICD-10

ICD-10 Post-Implementation Flexibilities Clarified

Below, you will find clarification regarding ICD-10 flexibilities for post-transition (as scheduled for October 1, 2015) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS.) CMS intended last week’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) on these flexibilities to provide clarification for healthcare organizations and providers. Apparently, two FAQs in particular did not do the trick and…