The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it has pushed back the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to Meaningful Use to March 20.
The deadline extension will allow EPs more time to submit their MU data, CMS said. In addition, it allows EPs who have not used their one switch to go from Medicare to Medicaid or vice versa more time to do so for the 2014 year.
With CMS doling out billions of dollars in Meaningful Use incentive payments, it is no surprise that providers are increasingly at risk of being audited to see if they actually were entitled to the money. And the stakes of being audited are high: A provider that fails just one element of a Meaningful Use audit not only must return the entire incentive payment for that year, but also is automatically scheduled for another audit. Special Report
Simply using an electronic health record does not necessarily lead to billing fraud. But some of their functionalities, meant to create efficiencies, can lead to documentation that causes improper billing, as well as outright fraud. So how can providers root out EHR-related documentation issues and fraud before it occurs? And what steps can private payers take to ferret out improper claims? Read the full Special Report
The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) certainly didn't pull any punches in its comments on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's updated strategic plan.
Unlike some commenters on the plan, who for the most part deferred to ONC, NCPA, known to favor private free market forces rather than government regulation, came out strongly against it.
NCPA didn't actually have a problem with the goals of the plan. Rather, its issue is that the federal government shouldn't be leading the brigade. Read more...
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Allowing patients to access notes from their doctors will help to "foster truly collaborative patient-clinician relationships," even while more research is needed on the programs, according to an article at BMJ.
Electronic health records have the potential to help busy practices with interventional research, but transitioning that process from paper to electronic can be more complex than expected, according to a study published this month in eGEMs (Generating Evidence and Methods to Improve Patient Outcomes).
The Cleveland Clinic and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have joined forces to share electronic data in order to provide more coordinated care for veterans.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's role in the industry, as contemplated in its updated 2015-2020 strategic plan, is too broad and should be significantly reduced, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.
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The federal government's effect on the healthcare industry loomed large at the annual Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) conference held Monday at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in the District of Columbia.
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) first proposed his budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, it showed millions in savings thanks to Medicaid expansion. However, in a budget address last week, Christie neglected to mention the Affordable Care Act's impact on New Jersey's residents.