1. Telecom Quantity Prescribed Update

    In August 2013, NCPDP requested reconsideration and clarification from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The reconsideration was based on HHS determination that the industry request for the updating of Telecommunication Standard Version D.0 for the use of Quantity Prescribed (460-ET) would have to go through full rulemaking (Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) and Final Rule) process. In March 2014, NCPDP received a response from HHS that the NPRM and Final Rule process would be used. We have asked, but not yet received any information on the regulatory process starting. See HIPAA Information under the banner Implementation Guide Corrections.

    All entities are to continue to put on hold the implementation of Quantity Prescribed changes until the regulatory process has been invoked.

    We will continue to update the industry as information is known.

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  2. ACA Implementation - Exchange and Insurance Market Standards

    The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued a proposed rule to establish Exchange and Insurance Market Standards beginning in 2015. The proposed rule would establish standards related to product discontinuation and renewal, quality reporting, non-discrimination standards, minimum certification standards and responsibilities of qualified health plan (QHP) issuers, the Small Business Health Options Program, and enforcement remedies in Federally-facilitated Exchanges.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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