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Medicare Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process Changes Released by CMS

On Jan. 22, 2016, CMS issued a new application and sweeping changes to the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program hardship exception application process. The changes are intended to temporarily ease the burden on providers seeking exemption from the 2017 Medicare meaningful use payment adjustments. Highlights of CMS’ guidance include: CMS may accept Medicare…

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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…

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Value Based Contracting

We have been saying it for years. Value Based Contracting is coming and in many markets it is here…and it is here to stay!  It is not a bad thing as long as it is transparent! Follow the money, if you cannot you should not sign the agreement! As in all economic transactions, both sides…

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ICD-10 PUSH Training for Physicians and Hospitals from RT Welter & Associates

The PUSH program: ICD-10 Performance Measures: Ensure Success! The ICD-10 PUSH program was designed to evaluate provider performance with the ICD-10-CM code set. This program will assist in identifying utilization and accuracy as well as areas for improvement related to ICD-10. Post ICD-10 Implementation Evaluation: ICD-10-CM documentation evaluation of 20 encounters selected by the provider…

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Club Fed!

R41.0 — Delirium.
S06.0X2D – Concussion with loss of consciousness of 31 minutes to 59 minutes, subsequent encounter.
W16.032D – Fall into swimming pool striking wall causing other injury, subsequent encounter.
Y92.146 – Swimming pool of prison as the place of occurrence of the external cause.

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Celebrate Independent Physicians

They say Private Practice is dying! They say the independent physician is a dinosaur! I say private practice is changing, becoming more efficient, more flexible and much more capable! I think the dinosaur in the room (apologies to the elephant) is the ‘everything for everyone 24/7 huge hospital’ which is constantly scrambling to fill beds!…

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