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Physicians who were unable to meet the Medicare ePrescribing program's requirements have until Nov. 1 to apply for a hardship exemption to avoid monetary penalties in 2012.

The Medicare ePrescribing penalty rule required physicians to issue and report at least 10 electronic scripts (e-scripts) during the first six months of 2011. Those who were unable to do so face a penalty that reduces their total 2012 Medicare payments by 1 percent.

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 16:45

It is crucial for First Coast Service Options'(FCSO) electronic trading partners to schedule 5010 transaction testing now.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all HIPAA-covered entities to complete 5010 testing with each of their trading partners and successfully transition to the new 5010 data format before January 1, 2012. However, with only a few months left until mandatory implementation, those that continue to wait to schedule 5010 testing risk significant delays in their transition to production.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:30

If a recent American College of Physicians (ACP) survey is to be believed, a majority of physician practices could face serious cash-flow issues at the beginning of next year, due to non-compliance with new HIPAA 5010 data standards by the Jan. 1 deadline (effectively, Dec. 30, since Jan. 1 is a Sunday).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:30

The American Medical Association has launched a multi-media, grassroots campaign for a permanent Medicare physician pay fix. The campaign, which urges immediate Congressional action to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to determine Medicare physician pay, includes a 30-second television spot, a 60-second radio spot and direct mailings.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 10:30

CMS has extended the deadline to request an exemption from the 2012 e-prescribing penalty to November 8, 2011. Last week, CMS acknowledged multiple technical problems that were preventing Medicare physicians from accessing the web portal to request an exemption.  In recognition of the technical issues, CMS will accept exemption requests submitted through November 8.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 10:15

All entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that submit transactions electronically are required to upgrade from Version 4010/4010A to Version 5010 transaction standards by Sunday, January 1, 2012. It is important to remember that the upcoming Version 5010 transition is not only mandatory, but is also an integral step toward a successful ICD-10 transition.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 10:15

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not enforce compliance with new HIPAA 5010 standards for electronic billing submissions until March 31, the agency announced on November 17.

Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:15

It is crucial for FCSO electronic trading partners to schedule 5010 transaction testing now!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all HIPAA-covered entities to complete 5010 testing with each of their trading partners and successfully transition to the new 5010 data format before January 1, 2012. However, with only one month left until mandatory implementation, those that continue to wait to schedule 5010 testing risk significant delays in their transition to production. If you're not sure where to begin, don't worry—we can help.

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 10:15

The joint House and Senate committee created to find $1.2 trillion in federal deficit savings failed to reach an agreement this week, triggering automatic cuts through a sequestration process. The sequestration imposes across-the-board cuts equally to defense and non-defense spending, beginning in January 2013.

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 10:15

Physicians and health plans have a kind of grace period for the first three months of 2012 before they must comply with new HIPAA Version 5010 claims transaction standards.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) announced Nov. 17 that it will delay enforcement of the new rules, which govern the format of claims submissions and payments. CMS is calling the delay a “period of enforcement discretion.”

Monday, December 12, 2011 - 10:00

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