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Archive for December, 2012

States Move Forward to Establish Exchanges

Friday, December 21st, 2012

On December 20, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that three more states are on track to implement the health care law and establish health insurance marketplaces, or Exchanges, in their states. HHS issued the first conditional approval of a State Partnership Exchange to Delaware. Minnesota and Rhode Island are conditionally approved to operate a State-based Exchange.

The new conditional approvals follow those issued to Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington to operate State-based Exchanges.

The conditional approval provided to Delaware is the first of its kind and shows the progress Delaware has made ahead of the February 15, 2013, deadline to apply to operate a State Partnership Exchange. The State Partnership Exchange model is an option provided to states that want to manage part of the Exchange in 2014. A Partnership Exchange allows states to make key decisions and tailor the marketplace to local needs and market conditions. In addition to Delaware, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and North Carolina have also expressed early interest in establishing a State Partnership Exchange.

To learn more about Exchange conditional approvals, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/factsheets/state-marketplaces.html

Website Launched Offering Information on Secure Use of Mobile Devices

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a website offering information to help health care providers protect and secure health information when using mobile devices. Created by HHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), the website describes steps providers can take to determine their mobile device security needs and develop policies and procedures to address them. It also includes answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and posters and educational materials to help raise awareness of risks and to educate staff on safeguarding health information.

For more information, go to http://www.healthit.gov/providers-professionals/your-mobile-device-and-health-information-privacy-and-security

Final Rule Implementing Medical Device Excise Tax Released

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The Department of Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published a final rule detailing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) tax on certain medical devices. The rule will take effect in 2013. To help pay for the expansion of health coverage, the ACA imposes a 2.3 % excise tax on the sale of any taxable medical device by the manufacturer or importer of the device starting in 2013.

For more information, go to http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Medical-Device-Excise-Tax

FY 2013 ICD-10 Reference Tool Released

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 MS-DRG Conversion Project has released a definitions manual and code editor reference tool using the fiscal year 2013 Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRG). Health care providers can use the manual and editor to better understand the impact of the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes on the MS-DRG system. Hospitals and other entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must convert to the ICD-10 coding system by October 1, 2014.

Information is available at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/ICD-10-MS-DRG-Conversion-Project.html.