1. CMS Issues Final Rule on MSSP ACO

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations. According to CMS, the final rule updates the Medicare Shared Savings Program to “encourage the delivery of high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries and build on the early successes of the program and of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model.” The modifications to the proposed regulations stem from comments CMS received from the December 2014 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking:

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  2. HHS Considers Changes to HPID Rule - Seeks Comments

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering changes to its health plan identifier (HPID) rule. HHS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on how the identifiers' use in healthcare transactions has changed since health plans began using them in 2012, and whether the identifiers still have value. Although they are not currently required to do so, covered entities will be required to include the HPID in HIPAA transactions starting November 7, 2016.  Comments are due July 28, 2015.

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  3. NCPDP Contracts with Bloomberg Government (BGOV) to Enhance Federal Policy Coverage for Rx Reconn Subscribers

    Now more than ever, NCPDP members need to be in the know about what is happening in our industry at the legislative level.  In 2014, NCPDP tracked 1,920 legislative bills and 967 regulations spanning 34 issue topics through RxReconn, NCPDP’s legislative and regulatory tracking tool.

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  4. HHS Publishes Proposed Rules on Meaningful Use

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released two highly anticipated proposed rules relating to Meaningful Use:

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  5. HHS announces proposed rules to support the path to nationwide interoperability

    Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria rules proposed
     
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the release of the Stage 3 notice of proposed rulemaking for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria to improve the way electronic health information is shared and ultimately improve the way care is delivered and experienced. Read more.

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