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On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014. This new law maintains the 0.5 percent update for such services that applied from January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014 for the period April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. It also provides a zero percent update to the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through March 31, 2015.
The new law also prohibits the CMS from enforcing any mandate to switch to the ICD-10 coding system until 2015. As of now, we have no official direction from CMS regarding official deadline for ICD-10 and whether or not organizations ready to implement will be able to do so voluntarily.
HITArkansas will keep you informed as additional information becomes available.
More detailed information about the new law can be found here: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Downloads/2014-04-02-standalone.pdf
Payment adjustments for eligible hospitals that have not successfully participated in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin on October 1, 2014. Hospitals can avoid the payment adjustment by taking action today.
Due to the large volume of providers attesting, please submit your data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.
If you are an eligible professional, the last day you can register and attest to demonstrating meaningful use for the 2013 Medicare EHR Incentive Program is March 31, 2014. You must successfully attest by 11:59 p.m. Eastern
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