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Partial ICD-10 Code Freeze Announced

A welcomed decision was finalized at a September 15th meeting of the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Committee to implement a partial freeze for both ICD-9-CM codes and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes. Prior to implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2013 The last regular annual update to both ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets will be made on October 1, 2011. On October 1, 2012 there will be only limited code updates to both ICD-9- CM and ICD- 10 code sets to capture…
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CMS Now Releasing 2009 ePrescribe Payments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is now releasing payments for the 2009 ePrescribing incentives.  Distribution of these payments is expected to be completed by October 22, 2010.  Payments are being made in a lump-sum to the Tax ID number in which the claims were submitted.  This payment remittance advice will read “This is an eRX incentive payment” and it will include an LE indicator to indicate that it is an incentive payment.  In addition, a four digit…
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CMS to Announce Minor Revisions to Final Meaningful Use Rule

CMS is expected to publish minor revisions and clarification to the final ‘meaningful use’ requirements published in July.  These modifications are expected to provide more guidance on meeting the quality measures included in the program.  Although no other specifics were provided, according to CMS these modifications are to correct some inconsistencies and will be posted soon to Get the facts on meaningful use incentives, Read More>>  

ONC Names Third Authorized Testing & Certification Company

InfoGard Laboratories, Inc., San Luis Obispo, Calif. has been named as an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB).  This expands the options for EHR vendors for selecting who will test and certify their applications to meet the standards related to HITECH incentives.  Eligible providers who use certified EHR technology in a meaningful manner could qualify to receive up to $44,000 under the Medicare program and almost $64,000 under the Medicaid program.  The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®)…
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“Meaningful Use” EHR Certification Bodies Announced

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced at least two companies have been named as an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB) to certify Electronic Health Records technology software applications for the ‘meaningful use’ requirements for Stage 1 incentives.  The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®) and The Drummond Group, Inc. are the first to be named by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to test and certified EHR…
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CMS National Provider Call for ICD-10 on September 13

CMS will host a national provider conference call on “ICD-10 Implementation in a 5010 Environment”. This call will be held on Monday, September 13 and will include a review basic information on ICD-10 and 5010.  A question and answer session will be held at the end of the call.  Medical coders, physician office staff, provider billing staff, health records staff, vendors, educators, system maintainers and all Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) providers are encouraged to attend.  Registration is required and will close at 11:00 am…
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CCHIT Applies with ONC to Become an Authorized Testing and Certification Body

In a recent news release, CCHIT, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, announced that they have applied with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to become an Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ATCB-ONC).  The ONC plans to have multiple certification bodies that will test EHR technology to ensure the software applications will enable providers to qualify for ‘meaningful use’ incentives.  CCHIT in a voluntary organization that has been certifying EHR technology since 2006.  Due to this experience and their readiness to meet…
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Requirements for ePrescribing of Controlled Substances Under Analysis by SureScripts

Although the DEA has given their approval to allow for electronic prescribing of controlled substances, the DEA technical requirements to do so involve several layers.  Prior to electronic prescribing of controlled substances, pharmacies, providers and vendors will need to implement extensive security and technical measures.  As a result, pharmacies are not expected to see their first electronically prescribed schedule II, III, IV and V drugs before at least year-end.  SureScripts, the nation’s largest e-prescribing network,…
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Final Rules To Support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records Announced

In a press release issued July 13, 2010, CMS and ONC made a joint announcement regarding the final rules to support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records which may qualify eligible providers to receive as much as either $44,000 under Medicare or $63,750 under Medicaid.  The final rules now include more flexibility to providers in Stage 1 with 15 required “core” criteria and a menu of provider-selected criteria. The “menu” for provider-selection contains 10 items and providers select and comply with at…
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MediSYS Plans for Alabama-Centered Physician Information Network

  Birmingham/Montgomery, Alabama, July 13, 2010……As part of the strong commitment to facilitate the activities surrounding health information exchange, MediSYS has announced plans to release the MediSYS Physician Information Network in the first quarter of 2011.  This MediSYS Physician Information Network will allow providers treating mutual patients to share pertinent health information electronically.  Quickly and securely sharing information within a network of providers such as labs and diagnostic information, office notes, hospital documents, patient demographics,…
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CMS Did Not Implement July 6 PECOS Deadline

Due to provider concerns surrounding PECOS enrollment issues, CMS will not implement the July 6 PECOS deadline.  According to the email notification below from CMS, for payment for claims will not be affected by PECOS enrollment.  CMS TO REVIEW PECOS ENROLLMENT PROCESS Medicare Working with Ordering and Referring Providers and Suppliers to Streamline Enrollment Process The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is working with providers to address concerns about enrollment in the Provider Enrollment, Chain…
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Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee Medicare Claims Processing to Merge

 Cahaba GBA, the J10 A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, announced in a recent email notification that they will merge three claims processing environments by August 3.  Below is their notification:        Dear Medicare Part B Providers,        Multi-Carrier System Merge for J10 Providers (Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee) Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators,® LLC currently has three Multi-Carrier System (MCS) claims processing environments, which were inherited when we transitioned to…
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