1. HHS Issues Final Rule for Hospice Payment Rates

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to update the hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year 2015. Included in the final rule is information on prior authorization for Part D payment for drugs while beneficiaries are under a hospice election. HHS published interim guidance on July 18, 2014 to address concerns from stakeholders, including NCPDP. The interim guidance will remain in effect until requirements are finalized. The final rule takes effect October 1, 2014 and will appear in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014.

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  2. ICD-10 Compliance Data October 2, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule for October 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the healthcare industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on October 1, 2015.

    For more information on the rule, view the press release.

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  3. Tom Bizzaro's Blog on Making Most of Meaningful Use Timeline is Picked up by Government Health IT

    A recent blog post by Tom Bizzaro, R.Ph., vice president of health policy and industry relations at FDB (First Databank, Inc.) suggests that the industry make use of the latest Meaningful Use (MU) timeline to refocus on what providers really want from vendor systems, and that HIT vendors make systems easier to use and to implement MU requirements with less disruption to practitioners. The blog, titled Making the Most of the Latest Meaningful Use Timeline originally appeared on KNOWHOW:THE FDB BLOG. It was then published by Government Health IT, an online publication of HIMSS Media which provides news and insights on health IT policy, technology, business and finance. Bizzaro is immediate past chair of the NCPDP Board of Trustees.  View his full blog post.

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  4. FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Identifying Suspect Drug Products in Supply Chain

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance this week under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act. The guidance, “Draft Guidance for Industry: Drug Supply Chain Security Act Implementation: Identification of Suspect Product and Notification,” describes potential signs of suspect drug products, including:

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  5. CMS Regulatory Update

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a proposed rule seeking to change the meaningful use stage timeline and the definition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT). It would also change the requirements for the reporting of clinical quality measures for 2014.

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