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Despite a one-year extension, many covered entities are still unlikely to achieve compliance with the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision(ICD-10), barring a change in their implementation strategy, this according to a recent report from the Health Information and Managements Systems Society (HIMSS).Read More
As the number of hospitals with electronic health record systems grows, a new study finds that inpatient physicians who receive patients from the emergency department have begun to do “chart biopsies” of electronic records to prepare for the handoffs.Read More
On August 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“PPS”) Final Rule. The Rule contains several updates to Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) programs implemented in prior rule makings. The Rule also finalized the market basket update of 2.8% for IPPS hospitals. The…Read More
Today, hospitals and doctors use a system of about 18,000 codes to describe medical services in bills they send to insurers. Apparently, that doesn’t allow for quite enough nuance. A new federally mandated version will expand the number to around 140,000—adding codes that describe precisely what bone was broken, or which artery is receiving a…Read More
On Friday, August 24th, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a final rule that will save time and money for physicians and other health care providers by establishing a unique health plan identifier (HPID). The rule is one of a series of changes required by the Affordable Care Act…Read More
HHS, on August 14, issued a final “blueprint” that states can use to operate their own health insurance exchanges. The blueprint details the functions that state-based exchanges will perform, how exchanges operated as partnerships between the federal government and states will perform, and what actions states may take in “federal facilitated” exchanges.Read More