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CMS Releases Final Meaningful Use Rules

October 14, 2015

On October 14th, 2015, CMS released the final meaningful use Stage 2 modifications and Stage 3 rules. They modified Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive (meaningful use) Program and outlined the requirements for Stage 3. Also included are EHR certification standards and the government's "interoperability roadmap."

 

The new rules "make significant changes in current requirements." Chief among them are easing the reporting requirements for providers, said Patrick Conway, MD, of CMS. There were also big changes to the number of objectives for eligible hospitals, which have been reduced from about 20 in prior stages to eight.

 

The major provisions for meaningful use in 2015 through 2017, include:

- The reporting period for 2015 will be only 90 days for all providers, for new providers in 2016 and 2017 and for any provider moving to Stage 3 of the program in 2017

- Ten objectives for eligible professionals including one public health reporting objective, down from 18 total objectives

- Reduced the number of measures required to be reported

- Reduced measure threshold for View Download and Transmit (from 5% to just one one Patient in 2015)

- Reduced measure threshold for Secure Messaging (from 5% to simply having the capability in 2015)

- Providers and state Medicaid agencies will now have until January 1, 2018, to comply and prepare for the next set of system improvements

- Stage 3 will now be optional in 2017

- Stage 3 will have eight objectives; more than 60 percent require interoperability; public health reporting will have flexibility options

- APIs will be required

- Cyber-security requirements have been strengthened

6th Annual Scope for Hope

December 11, 2015

Help raise money to support colorectal cancer, colon cancer and rectal cancer screenings, treatment, follow-up care, financial assistance and for educational programs related to colorectal cancer.

 

100% of the funds for our 6th Annual Scope for Hope 5K Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids' Fun Run in Fort Myers will remain in Southwest Florida.

EVENT: 6th Annual Scope for Hope 5K Run, 2-Mile Walk, and Kids' Fun Run to Help Stamp Out Colon Cancer - Fort Myers Charity Benefit.

DATE: March 12, 2016

TIME: 8:00 AM

LOCATION: Century Link Sports Complex at Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33912

ICD-10

July 28, 2015

Stay up to date on ICD-10.

 

There will be no more delays. Claims with ICD-9 diagnosis codes will be rejected starting October 1st. Even though providers now have a yearlong transition period, now is the time to make sure that your practice is as prepared as possible.

 

We may be able to assist you with the changeover. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

SENATE PASSES BILL TO DELAY ICD-10 IMPLEMENTATION

April 10, 2014

On March 31, 2014, the US Senate passed a bill to delay the planned ICD-10 implementation until Oct. 1, 2015. This bill will now proceed to President Barack Obama for final approval or veto before it becomes law.

We are closely monitoring this situation and other government actions from a position of confidence that no matter what the outcome, we are prepared to accommodate any scenario that could affect your cash flow.

 

We are committed to helping you operate a healthy, thriving business—even in an industry constantly redefined by change. Because we have solid yet flexible contingency plans for ICD-10 and other programs, you and your business will have the support you need.

 

We understand the decision to delay the ICD-10 implementation may be causing businesses to rethink their plans. As we consult with payers in response to any forthcoming changes in the bill, we will advise you on potential impacts to testing and implementation strategies as soon as possible.

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