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News and Notes: Don’t Miss 3 Important CMS Updates for Hospitals

20. November 2013

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Hint: The clock is ticking for being part of the EHR Incentive Program. CMS is still assessing how the partial government shutdown will impact its completion of the calendar year 2014 Medicare fee for service payment regulations. The agency still…

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Medicare Keeps Rolling During Government Shutdown Your MACs will continue processing payments, enrollment, CMS says.

16. October 2013

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Whether you were worried that the government shutdowns would mean halted Medicare payments or you were thrilled at the thought that the OIG would be ceasing operations, you’d be incorrect in both cases. Although the government shutdown will affect scores…

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Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule Could Mean 3 Percent More for EDs in 2014

17. September 2013

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The CMS Proposed Rule Gives a Preview of What to Expect in 2014   Good news for your hospital’s bottom line: More cash from CMS could be headed your way next year. In the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed…

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Proposed Medicare Fee Schedule 2014: Breaking News: EDs Could See A 3 Percent Increase in Medicare Payments

21. August 2013

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The CMS proposed Rule Gives a Preview of What To Expect in 2014   More cash from CMS could be headed your way next year. In the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, CMS estimates that emergency medicine will…

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Patient Privacy: Weigh Risks Against Benefits with PHI Portal Processes

25. July 2013

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A good log out procedure is just as important as a secure log in. Your patients have the right to access their records. But, you must ensure that the process you use to give patients access doesn’t create problems down…

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Proposed Inpatient Payment Policy Could Bring Good News to Facilities

12. June 2013

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Here’s your chance to let CMS know what you think.   Changes are afoot for facility payments, after CMS issued a proposed rule on April 26, 2013, that would update FY 2014 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays…

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Are You Meeting the Provisions for Business Associate Agreements?

15. May 2013

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As more scrutiny surrounds patient privacy and protecting their health information, every step you can take to ensure your facility is above-level is crucial. Concerns about privacy protection have expanded to include the agreements a facility or provider has with…

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Miami-Based Clinic, Owners, and Operators Sentenced for $50 Million Fraud Scheme

15. April 2013

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Biscayne Milieu (a Miami-based mental health clinic) and its owners and operators were sentenced in early April for participation in a Medicare fraud scheme involving the submission of more than $50 million in fraudulent billings to Medicare. The announcement was…

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CMS Changes Might Help Drop Your Readmission Rates

11. March 2013

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 CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., recently announced HHS’s plan to accelerate health information exchange (HIE) and build a seamless and secure flow of information essential to transforming the health…

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New Proposed Rule Could Save Hospitals Millions Each Year

8. February 2013

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced in a February 4 statement that a newly proposed rule could save hospitals and healthcare providers nearly $676 million annually, and $3.4 billion over a 5-year period. CMS proposed the rule,…

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