1. CMS ICD-10 Volunteer Testers

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in a March 14, 2014 notice, said it is seeking volunteer providers, clearinghouses and suppliers to participate in end-to-end ICD-10 tracking with contractors in late July 2014. An application must be submitted by March 24, 2014. The goal of testing is to demonstrate that providers and other submitters can successfully submit ICD-10 codes to Medicare's Fee-For-Service (FFS) claims systems, and the CMS software will appropriately adjudicate claims and produce accurate remittances.

    CMS is looking to test with more than 500 organizations. Medicare contractors have posted a volunteer form on their websites where organizations can submit their applications.

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  2. 2014 CEHRT Hardship Exception Guidance Announced

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance on March 11, 2014 for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals that are unable to implement the 2014 Edition of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) in time to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for the 2014 reporting year.

    The following documents are available online:

    Visit the EHR Incentive Program webpage for additional information on the program.

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  3. Call for Participation ONC Clinical Quality Framework Standards and Interoperability Initiative

    The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of a new S&I Framework Initiative - Clinical Quality Framework. This initiative will address the need for harmonized standards for clinical decision support (CDS) and electronic clinical quality measurement (eCQM). The official launch of the Clinical Quality Framework initiative will be held as a web meeting and teleconference on March 21, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT.

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  4. Are You Ready for ICD-10?

    Entities should be underway in their implementation and testing to support the ICD-10 code set on October 1, 2014.

    According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the implementation date will not change. 

    The NCPDP Strategic National Implementation Process (SNIP) created an important white paper to assist the industry in preparing for the implementation of the ICD-10 code sets. The white paper and other information is available under ICD-10 banner.

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  5. HHS Issues Proposed Rule on the EHR Criteria

    The Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued a proposed rule for the Voluntary 2015 Edition of electronic health record (EHR) certification criteria.

    This proposed rule marks the first time ONC has proposed an edition of certification criteria separate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "meaningful use" regulations. The proposals represent ONC's new regulatory approach that includes more incremental and frequent rulemaking. This approach allows ONC to update certification criteria more often to reference improved standards, continually improve regulatory clarity, and solicit comments on potential proposals as a way to signal ONC's interest in a particular topic area.

    The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2014. Comments must be submitted by April 28, 2014.

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