Regulatory & Risk Management

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Study: 'No evidence' that EHR adoption leads to upcoding

Hospitals do not use their electronic health records to upcode in order to obtain higher reimbursement from Medicare, according to a new study in  Health Affairs.

HIT stakeholders raise concerns with FDASIA framework

Several healthcare industry groups are raising concerns in new comments submitted this week to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about the health IT risk-based regulatory framework it published in April in conjunction with  the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission.

Proposed physician fee schedule rule a mixed bag for radiology

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule and like the healthcare community as a whole, as reported by  FierceHealthcare, it provides somewhat of a mixed bag for radiology.

CMS proposes widespread changes with 2015 physician fee schedule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which doesn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). 

Young adults weigh in on how to improve

Federal officials could make the troubled exchange website work better for young adults by implementing several small changes before the next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, according to an article published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Former surgeon general: Don't eliminate position, take politics out

A former surgeon general has proposed an alternative to a recent call to eliminate the position, MedPageToday reports.

VA wait times triple initial estimates

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urges further information in the wake of new findings that indicate Veterans Affairs hospital wait times nationwide are triple the initial estimate.

CMS proposal would require EHRs for payment of chronic care management

CMS has followed through with its stated intention of requiring electronic health records for payment of chronic care management (CCM), proposing in its 2015 physician payment rule that physicians receive a separate payment for CCM services, but only if they are using at least the 2014 edition of certified EHR technology.

Reform success depends on more than enrollment

Affordable Care Act enrollment surpassed expectations, with roughly 20 million people gaining insurance under the law as of May 1. But measures other than enrollment are more important to gauge how well the law works, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Patient data breaches and the question of trust in radiology

Clearly radiology practices and imaging facilities still face security and privacy challenges.