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  • CMS Announces Entrepreneurs and Innovators Can Now Access Medicare Data

    July 13, 2015

    Acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Andy Slavitt, announced a new policy that for the first time will allow innovators and entrepreneurs to access CMS data, such as Medicare claims. As part of the Administration’s commitment to use of data and information to drive transformation of the healthcare delivery system, CMS will ...
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  • CHITREC Is Part of New Alliance Investigating Cardiovascular Quality Strategies

    July 13, 2015

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine a $15 million grant to establish a new multidisciplinary consortium focused on quality improvement and the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.

    The consortium, known as the Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3), will assist 300 independent clinics and health care ...
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  • Updated eCQM Measures for 2016 eReporting Now Available

    July 13, 2015

    CMS has updated select electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will electronically report in 2016. The original versions of the measures were posted on CMS’ website on May 1, 2015 for the annual update of the 2014 measure set. Errors were found in the XML renderings of 12 eligible professional ...
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  • CMS and AMA Announce Efforts to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

    July 13, 2015

    With less than three months remaining until the nation switches from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline. In response to ...
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  • Northwestern University Awarded $15 Million to Implement Cardiovascular Disease Research Program

    June 22, 2015

    New research alliance will investigate strategies to improve healthcare quality in three states

    CHICAGO – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine a $15 million grant to establish a new multidisciplinary consortium focused on quality improvement and the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.

    The consortium, known as the ...
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  • Can’t Meet MU? Take Action by July 1 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Penalties

    June 8, 2015

    Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

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  • Five Facts about ICD-10

    May 15, 2015

    Here are five facts addressing common questions and concerns CMS has heard about ICD-10:

    1. If you cannot submit ICD-10 claims electronically, Medicare offers several options.
    CMS encourages you to prepare for the transition and be ready to submit ICD-10 claims electronically for all services provided on or after October 1, 2015. But if you are not ...
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  • Now Available: Updated 2014 eCQMs for 2016 Reporting

    May 15, 2015

    On May 1, CMS posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive ...
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  • CMS and ONC NPRMs Now Available for Comment; Stage 3 Comments Due by May 29

    May 15, 2015

    CMS and ONC invite the public to submit comments on the recently released notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs).

    Due May 29:

    Stage 3 of Meaningful Use NPRM – Specifies the Stage 3 requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals in the EHR Incentive Programs
    EHR Technology Certified to the 2015 Edition NPRM – ...
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  • Now Available: Updated 2014 eCQMs for 2016 Reporting

    May 11, 2015

    On May 1, CMS posted the annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals. Providers will use these updated measures to electronically report 2016 quality data for CMS quality reporting programs, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQR), and the EHR Incentive ...
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