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Archive for May, 2011

CMS Posts New Meaningful Use FAQs

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its resources on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Five new frequently asked questions (FAQs) on meaningful use have been added to the CMS website.

For more information about meaningful use and its requirements, go to https://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/30_Meaningful_Use.asp.

HHS Issues Regulation to Fight Unreasonable Insurance Premium Increases

Friday, May 20th, 2011

On May 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation to ensure that large health insurance premium increases will be thoroughly reviewed, and that consumers will have access to clear information about those increases. Combined with other important protections from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), these new rules will help lower insurance costs by moderating premium hikes and provide consumers with greater value for their premium dollar.  In addition, the rule ensures that significant rate increases in all states will be thoroughly analyzed and disclosed to the public.

For more information about recent trends in health insurance rates and the final rule, visit: http://www.HealthCare.gov/news/factsheets/ratereview05192011a.html.

PCORI Names Executive Director

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research, has named Joe Selby, M.D., M.P.H. as its executive director. Dr. Selby joins PCORI from Kaiser Permanente, Northern California, where he directed the organization’s research division. He was also elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2009 and was a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study section for Health Care Quality and Effectiveness from 1999-2003. As executive director, Selby will implement programs authorized by the PCORI Board of Governors.

The announcement can be found at http://www.pcori.org/images/PCORI_Executive_Director_Announcement.pdf

Telemedicine Credentialing and Privileging Final Rule Published

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule implementing changes to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoP) for the credentialing and privileging of telemedicine physicians and practitioners. According to the final rule, the hospital receiving the telemedicine services will be allowed to rely upon credentialing and privileging of the hospital providing the telemedicine services as long as certain conditions are met.  CMS also agreed to allow hospitals to receive telemedicine services from another telemedicine entity, such as a physician group.

The rule can be accessed at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/a110506c.html.