HHS Administrator Says ICD-10 Deadline Won’t Be Delayed
Providers, payers and claims clearinghouses can look for no relief from the looming, Oct. 1 compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes, the head of the CMS said Thursday. But some case-by-case exemptions will be made for providers having a tough time meeting their Stage 2 meaningful-use targets, she said.
Meaningful Use Attestation Deadlines Extended For CMS EHR Incentive Program
The CMS is extending the deadline for physicians and other eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare EHR incentive program for the 2013 reporting year and is offering some hospitals a second chance at receiving payment—as well as possible relief from the program’s 2015 penalties for failing to comply in 2013.
Proposed Medicare Payment Overhaul Would Affect CMS EHR Incentive Program
The proposed legislative overhaul of Medicare’s payment formula for physicians has important implications for the use of health information technology, including significant changes to the regulatory scheme for the meaningful use of electronic health records.
This is not going to be easy: ONC and CMS officials are talking about aligning incentives at some point in the future.
On Monday during a town hall session, an attendee representing a Kentucky regional extension center asked top officials of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology whether they are doing anything to tie a number of issues together, including meaningful use, ICD-10, accountable care, value-based payments and health information exchange.
ONC Proposal Addresses EHR Vendors Concerns On Evolving Rules
Federal officials issued the first set of voluntary standards under a new process that will give companies that develop electronic health-record systems more notice about what requirements will be included in the federal rules governing their products.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Feb. 21 issued a proposal for an interim, updated edition of HITECH Act electronic health record software certification criteria, including privacy and security components.
ONC Supports EHR Update For Implantable Medical Devices
The ONC has recommended that makers of electronic health records update their systems to capture and display identification data about implantable medical devices. The recommendation, which came in a proposed rule late Friday, suggests that EHRs record and display these unique device identifiers.