Advanced Tissue Association News

HHS releases 3rd update for health care cybersecurity guidance

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 24, 2017

HHS' third update of its "International Cyber Threat to Healthcare Organizations" guidance details how health IT personnel can receive intelligence from InfraGard, an FBI-affiliated nonprofit group, and contains links to other resources on cybersecurity. The guidance also reiterates how health care organizations can obtain a scan of their public IP address from the National Cybersecurity Assessment & Technical Services.

CMS exempts over 800K physicians from evaluation under MIPS in 2017

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

The CMS has informed 806,879 clinicians they will not undergo evaluation under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System this year, up from October's estimate of as many as 780,000. Physicians who are new to Medicare this year and those who see less than 100 unique Medicare patients and have less than $30,000 in Medicare charges per year will not be required to comply with MIPS.

States get 3 more years to meet Medicaid care delivery standards

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 17, 2017

The CMS gave states until 2022 to meet federal standards on Medicaid care delivery for elderly and disabled enrollees, originally scheduled to take effect in 2019. Under the rule, states are required to support community engagement, ensure seniors can manage their own money and more, while taking steps to allow beneficiaries in group homes more privacy and more housing options.

Clinicians to receive letters of MIPS participation status this month

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

Insurers make palliative care a priority

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

Health insurers are implementing palliative care programs that seek to identify patients who would benefit from such services and connect them with care teams. Priority Health's Tandem365 initiative has reduced inpatient stays.

CDC recommends hygiene, antimicrobials to prevent SSIs

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 10, 2017

The CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee published a guide online in JAMA Surgery for preventing surgical site infections based on a review of literature from 1998 through April 2014. The guide covers preoperative antimicrobial prophylaxis, the use of topical antimicrobial agents, intraoperative skin preparation, oxygen administration and transfusion.

CMS sets deadline for comments on proposed EHR incentive program changes

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | May 03, 2017

The CMS will accept formal comments on proposed changes to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs until June 13. These changes include revising the EHR reporting period from the full calendar year to any continuous 90-day period, implementing a policy that would not allow payment adjustments for eligible providers who conduct most of their professional services in ambulatory surgery centers, and adding a Medicare payment adjustment for eligible hospitals and professionals who cannot comply with meaningful-use requirements because of decertified technology.

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