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New York and other New York State Speciality Society in order to accomplish these activities.
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ICD-10 Deadline Set for October 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015. ICD-10 represents a significant change that impacts the entire health care community. As such, much of the industry has already invested resources toward the implementation of ICD-10. CMS has implemented a comprehensive testing approach, including end-to-end testing in 2015, to help ensure providers are ready. While many providers, including physicians, hospitals, and health plans, have completed the necessary system changes to transition to ICD-10, the time offered by Congress and this rule will ensure that all providers are ready.
For additional information about ICD-10, please visit: www.cms.gov/ICD10
CMS Issues Final Rule
Greater Flexibility in EHR Incentive Program Reporting
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a final rule allowing health care providers more flexibility in how they use certified electronic health record (EHR) technology (CEHRT) to meet meaningful use requirements under the EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014. Under the final rule, eligible providers can use the 2011 Edition CEHRT or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. All eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are required to use the 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2015. The rule also finalizes the extension of Meaningful Use Stage 2 through 2016 for certain providers and announces the Stage 3 timeline, which will begin in 2017 for providers who first became meaningful EHR users in 2011 or 2012. Read more on Cardiosource.org.
Regulations Finalized for 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule and Hospital Outpatient Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released two final regulations of note to cardiovascular professionals. These rules determine the payment levels and associated policies for services provided under the Physician Fee Schedule and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. The rules indicate that physicians will see no change in payment for the first three months of 2015 due to the latest Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) patch. However, the SGR will take effect April 1, 2015, unless Congress again intervenes. At that time physicians will face a 21.2 percent cut as a result of the legally mandated SGR. Hospitals will receive a 2.3 percent increase in payment. Changes unrelated to the SGR result in a flat payment for services provided by cardiologists in 2015. This estimate is based on the entire universe of cardiology services and can vary widely depending on the mix of services provided in a practice. For details on important proposals for cardiology contained in the rules and resources to help you navigate the changes, visit Cardiosource.org.