We may be living in an era of medical miracles, but when it comes to sepsis, we’ve got a long way to go. It’s the most expensive condition in the U.S. healthcare system, with a human and financial cost that’s mind-boggling to me.
Many hospitals are gearing up to start another reporting period for electronic Clinical Quality Measures. As you may know, with proposed CMS changes released in April, the requirements were reduced for 2017 reporting. The final rule is not out, but historically CMS follows through with proposed rules, so we can plan for these changes.
We all know that MU Stage 3 brought its fair share of confusion, including a long waiting period and delays on the final rulings. Back in November, CMS released what they called “Final, Final.”
I understand hospitals are trying to digest information about hospital-based physicians based on the latest information from The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Let's take a look at the questions we need to ask. Do you need to participate in Quality Payment Program (QPP)? Do you need to participate in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? The answer is yes to both!
So who Isn’t Eligible?
For Medicare and Medicaid participating providers and suppliers, the CMS Final Rule on Disaster Preparedness has been published. This 17-page document, plus its hundreds of pages of comments, spells out all the requirements for disaster preparedness — and you need to comply to receive your reimbursements.
Have you noted the changes in the CHPL? In my opinion, the changes make it easier for you, as a healthcare provider, to check for your full list of certified products, and to secure your Medicare ID number each year to attest.
CMS has been auditing Meaningful Use payments since 2012, and since that time, we’ve been helping our customers through the process. Our experience has proven time and time again, the better a site prepares now, the more likely it is that the site will pass. This includes tracking of how they met their reporting measures and which supporting documents are to be provided to the auditor.
As of February 11, 2016, CMS has announced an extension to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. For eligible hospitals and providers participating in the program, this extension should bring relief from unrealistic reporting deadlines.
If you’re asking: “What the heck is going on with Meaningful Use? Is it over? Are we done?” then you’re not alone. The announcement released this week by Andy Slavett, stating that Meaningful Use will soon come an end, has the industry more confused than ever.