The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have officially pushed back the timeline for healthcare organizations to convert to the ICD-10 coding system to Oct. 1, 2014.
Reaction from healthcare providers and associations alike has been pouring in following the publication of the final rule for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While hospital executives haven't had even 24 hours to digest the massive, 672-page document, initial responses, thus far, have been mostly positive.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has published the final rule outlining the requirements for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use incentive program, adopting many, but not all of the provisions they proposed in March.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this afternoon published the final rule for Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program for electronic health records. You can view the final rule here . (.pdf) Check back with us soon for more in-depth coverage.
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Waiting for various healthcare rules and regulations to hit is like waiting for a blizzard or hurricane. You know that they're on their way, and you're going to be socked when they hit. But there's only so much one can do to prepare for them.
A hospital's readmission rate is not necessarily the best way to measure care, according to executives of two hospitals that have dodged the new penalty.
Troubled Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas has named an interim CEO amidst safety problems, staff violations and allegations of billing fraud. In addition, hospital staffing has reached "crisis mode," with more than 1,300 unfilled positions and a shortfall of hundreds of nurses.
Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to secure funding approval through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to create a health information exchange, Gov. Deval Patrick announced this morning. CMS approved $16.9 million for the HIE, which will be launched in three phases by Orion Health, which has U.S. offices in Boston; Santa Monica, Calif.; and Scottsdale, Ariz.
A Government Accountability Office report suggests that smaller, rural hospitals might be less likely to receive EHR payments, raising concerns about the first year of the incentive program , AHA News Now reported.
The Office of the Inspector General recommends the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reconcile hundreds of millions of dollars in outlier payments outstanding with hospitals and standardize a system for reconciling such payments moving forward.