Advanced Tissue Association News


CMS repository to offer MU attestation assistance

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Eligible providers and hospitals completing their meaningful use requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs can get help from the CMS through a central repository that will indicate which clinical data registries and public health agencies are ready to electronically receive public health reporting data. Registries may submit a CMS input form until Oct. 31 to become eligible for the 2017 repository.


CMS offers doctors 4 MACRA compliance options

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

Physicians will have four Quality Payment Program options next year under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt wrote in a blog post. Physicians can choose to test the program, participate for part of the year or for the full year, or participate in an alternative payment model such as an accountable care organization.


Surgeons protest Medicare coding proposal

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

The American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, and societies representing orthopedic and neurological surgeons are among the organizations objecting to a CMS proposal that surgeons use new billing codes to document their work in 10-minute segments during 10-day and 90-day global surgical packages. Surgeons would have to document the number and level of pre- and postoperative visits in every global package using "G" codes that describe 10 minutes of care, which surgeons say does not reflect real-world conditions.


Burwell: ACA marketplaces are viable

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said the Affordable Care Act exchanges will remain viable even without legislative action, adding that administrative tools available to her team are allowing steps such as improving shopping tools and paperwork issues and boosting outreach to healthy Americans. She said HHS is working with insurers to improve options for exchange shoppers, and the administration has proposed changes to address industry concerns.


CMS starts scrubbing SSN from Medicare ID cards

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016

The CMS is assigning randomly generated identification numbers to some 150 million active and former Medicare beneficiaries, replacing Social Security numbers as identifiers as directed by Congress. The transition will require 75 legacy information technology systems to be reprogrammed, and hospitals, physician practices, claims clearinghouses, billing companies, post-acute care providers and Medicare Advantage carriers will have to update their systems as well.


Ballot measure would exempt prescribed DME from Nev. taxes

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016




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