Advanced Tissue Association News

Slavitt to lawmakers: CMS could move MACRA start date

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jul 20, 2016

The CMS could delay the start of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act payment reforms because stakeholders have indicated some physicians may not be ready by the current Jan. 1 deadline, said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee. Slavitt said the agency is also considering shorter reporting periods, alternative ways of gathering data and additional ways to reimburse providers caring for chronic patients at a higher rate.

CMS releases proposed rule on site-neutral payments

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jul 13, 2016

The CMS has released the 2017 Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule. The rule outlines implementation of site-neutral reimbursement and omits pain management questions from the Value-Based Purchasing Program.

CMS proposes 90-day EHR reporting period for physicians, hospitals

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jul 13, 2016

Eligible health care professionals, hospitals and critical access hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are allowed to use a 90-day EHR reporting period for 2016, according to the CMS. The CMS also proposed to remove the Clinical Decision Support and Computerized Provider Order Entry objectives and measures for eligible hospitals and CAHs, and to require eligible professionals, hospitals and CAHs to attest to modified stage 2 by Oct. 1, 2017, if they haven't successfully shown meaningful use in a previous year.

Report shows growing involvement of EHR use in medical malpractice risks

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2016

A report by The Doctors Co. revealed that EHRs were a contributing factor in nearly 100 malpractice claims it closed between January 2007 and June 2014, most of which were attributed to diagnosis-related errors, medication-related errors, wrong drug dosage or improper medication management. Researchers also found that EHR use is increasingly a factor in malpractice liability, with their involvement in malpractice claims limited to two in the 2007-2010 period, but increasing to 26 claims by the first half of 2014.

CMS issues final rule on purchase of patient claims data

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jul 06, 2016

CMS-approved organizations, including for-profit companies, can now purchase Medicare claims and other federal data under the Qualified Entity Program's final rule released Friday by the CMS. The data's price will match the government's processing costs, and nonpublic analysis cannot be provided to insurers that don't provide coverage in the data area.

Lawmaker to introduce bill expanding hospice in Medicare

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2016

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., told the Senate Special Committee on Aging he will introduce legislation adding hospice care-related pilot projects and Medicare waivers, and allowing hospice and curative care to be provided simultaneously. Lawmakers also are considering the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act that calls for expanding provider training and palliative care research.

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