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6 02, 2015

SGR Hearings, Meaningful Use and More

By |2015-02-06T20:22:58-05:00February 6th, 2015|Legislation|

Congress Holds SGR Hearings, CMS To Fix Meaningful Use, and More. For questions or concerns on these or other advocacy issues, contact the Office of Government Relations at dc@aaos.org House Energy and Commerce Two-Day Hearing on SGR REMEMBER Tomorrow Is Our Virtual Lobby Day! Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a two-day hearing on the need to advance a permanent legislative solution to the “broken Medicare physician reimbursement formula” known as the Sustainable Growth [...]

23 01, 2015

January 23rd 2015 | Today’s Top Stories

By |2015-02-02T20:12:02-05:00January 23rd, 2015|Top Stories|

January 23, 2015 Today's Top Story 1. FDA announces recall of one lot of Hospira 0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Hospira, Inc. has initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of one lot of 0.9 percent Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 250 mL (NDC 0409-7983-02, Lot 44-002-JT, Expiry 1AUG2016) to the user level due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The company has [...]

21 01, 2015

January 21st 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:09:22-05:00January 21st, 2015|Top Stories|

Today's Top Story Today's Top Story 1. MedPAC recommends freezing reimbursement to ASCs, other institutions during 2016. Modern Healthcare reports that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has voted to recommend that the U.S. Congress freeze Medicare reimbursements for ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), dialysis, hospices, and long-term care hospitals at current rates during 2016. Panel members also proposed a package of recommendations from the agency’s March 2014 report, including increasing payment rates for acute-care hospital inpatient and outpatient [...]

19 01, 2015

Congress Takes Up Workweek Bill and Medical Device Tax

By |2015-01-26T19:41:22-05:00January 19th, 2015|Legislation|

The 114th Congress officially convened last week, and since kicking things off, has taken up work on a number of issues. First, as anticipated, legislators are looking for small revisions they can make to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and are starting with the full-time workweek definition. The House by a 252-172 vote passed legislation that would waive fees on businesses that do not offer health insurance to employees working fewer than 40 hours per week. The current [...]

16 01, 2015

January 16th, 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:19:37-05:00January 16th, 2015|Top Stories|

1. CMS administrator to step down at the end of February. Modern Healthcare reports that U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced her resignation from the agency, to take effect at the end of February. Observers say that, given the history of the position and the current political environment, it may be difficult for President Obama to have a permanent CMS administrator confirmed for the remainder of his time in office. Andy [...]

14 01, 2015

January 14th, 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:20:15-05:00January 14th, 2015|Top Stories|

1. Bill would shorten MU reporting periods from 1 year to 3 months. EHR Intelligence reports that several legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2015, which if enacted, would shorten the meaningful use (MU) reporting period for the various electronic health records (EHR) Incentive Programs from 365 days to 3-month quarters during 2015. Supporters of the bill argue that, with as many as one-third of eligible [...]

12 01, 2015

CMS Meaningful Use Updates

By |2015-01-26T19:41:30-05:00January 12th, 2015|Legislation|

Last week, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-MI) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) reintroduced the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act, which allows providers the option to choose any three-month quarter for an EHR reporting period to qualify for the Meaningful Use Program in 2015, as opposed to a full year. Ellmers’ press release noted that the full-year rule reporting period has sparked much concern in the healthcare industry, as evidenced in the low attestation numbers reported last year. [...]

12 01, 2015

January 12th, 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:21:48-05:00January 12th, 2015|Top Stories|

1. Study: Reducing periprosthetic joint infection would offer greatest cost savings for THA. Findings published online in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research suggest that periprosthetic joint infections may have a greater negative effect on cost and long-term effectiveness of total hip arthroplasty (THA) than implant longevity. The authors used a Markov model to compare the cost effects of a 10 percent reduction in each of three areas—periprosthetic joint infection, hospital readmission, and aseptic loosening. They found [...]

9 01, 2015

January 9th 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:22:24-05:00January 9th, 2015|Top Stories|

January 9, 2015 Today's Top Story 1. Release of Medicare payment data unlikely to initiate fraud cases, but could bolster them. An article in Modern Healthcare looks at the issue of public release of U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) payment data and how it might affect cases of suspected Medicare fraud. According to a spokesperson for a law firm that often represents whistle-blowers, "There’s nothing inherently fraudulent about doing a large number of procedures," and [...]

7 01, 2015

January 7th 2015 | Today’s News

By |2015-02-06T20:22:54-05:00January 7th, 2015|Top Stories|

January 7, 2015 Today's Top Story 1. CMS: 2015 Medicare claims will be held until Jan. 14 to correct technical errors. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will hold claims containing 2015 services paid under the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for the first 14 calendar days of January 2015. CMS states that a series of technical errors were discovered after the Nov. 13 publication of [...]

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