Business of Medicine News Alerts

 
 
  • Alert CMS Reveals Successor for Meaningful Use Program It will have fewer measures, more flexibility; physicians will no longer have to meet every requirement.
  • Alert CMS Promises Meaningful Use Replacement This Year Major changes to the controversial EHR incentive program could take effect as early as 2017. 'We have to get the hearts and minds of the physicians back,' says the head of CMS. 'I think we lost them.'
  • Alert Medicare Approves Payment for End-of-Life Counseling A proposal dropped from the Affordable Care Act after critics associated it with 'death panels' will take effect in 2016.
  • Alert CMS Proposes Paying for End-of-Life Discussions The Medicare program is reviving a subject that figured into the "death panel" furor surrounding the Affordable Care Act.
  • Alert CMS Announces Grace Period for ICD-10 Mistakes ICD-10 codes will go into effect on October 1, but for the first 12 months, Medicare won't deny claims simply because the code submitted isn't specific enough, the agency said.
  • Alert Meaningful Use Reporting Span Will Shrink to 90 Days in 2015 CMS also will reduce the number of its EHR meaningful use requirements and relax several that make the cut, all in response to complaints from organized medicine.
  • Alert National Cancer Institute Director Dr Harold Varmus Stepping Down Deputy Director Dr Douglas Lowy will take over as acting NCI director April 1, 2015.
  • Alert Supreme Court Subsidy Hearing Hints at Possible 5-4 Split Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy joined more liberal justices in asking whether the plaintiffs' interpretation of ACA provisions on subsidies would have violated the constitution.
  • Alert Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Medical Board Authority State medical boards may find it harder to fence off the practice of medicine from nonphysicians in the wake of today's Supreme Court decision in a case that involves teeth whitening.
  • Alert ABIM on MOC: 'We Got It Wrong' The American Board of Internal Medicine acknowledged flaws and announced changes to maintenance of certification.
  • Alert Medicare to Shorten Meaningful Use Reporting Period CMS said that reducing this timeframe in its meaningful-use incentive program from 12 months to 90 days would "help to reduce the reporting burden on providers."
  • Alert Obama Pushes Genomic Research in State of Union Speech "I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine ," the president said.
  • Alert Tavenner Resigns as CMS Chief An administrator who enjoyed rare bipartisan support in Congress, Tavenner played a key role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Alert Joint Commission Issues Alert on Tubing Misconnections The commission urges organizations to begin planning for the transition beginning in October to new tubing connector standards, which will introduce changes and new risks into the healthcare environment.
  • Alert AIDS Top HIV/AIDS Researchers Killed on Malaysian Jet An unconfirmed number of the world's leading HIV/AIDS researchers were among the 298 people killed on a Malaysian passenger jet that was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
  • Alert Senate Confirms Sylvia Burwell as New HHS Chief The former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget inherits the task of keeping the ACA on track and out of bad headlines in an election year.
  • Alert J&J Suspends Power Morcellator Sales The decision comes after the FDA discouraged the use of these devices for hysterectomies and myomectomies, given the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer.
  • Alert HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigns Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending her 5-year term that was marred by the problem-plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Alert Senate Votes to Delay SGR, ICD-10 by 1 Year The Senate voted with the House that will be no permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate this year, agreeing with the House for a 1-year delay in physician payment cuts.
  • Alert CMS Vows Flexibility on EHR Hardship Exemptions Doctors who do not meet stiffer meaningful use requirements in 2014 may be able to avoid a penalty if their software vendor is the problem, but the ICD-10 deadline will not be extended, CMS has said.
 
 
 
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