Yesterday, CMS dropped their final rule on the Inpatient Payment System (IPPS). Looking at the aspects dealing with the Promoting Interoperability program, everything is mostly finalized as projected from its NPRM, but I will summarize it here. It should be noted that this rule focused on the inpatient side of the Promoting Interoperability program for eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) and not for eligible providers (EPs). This gets confusing given
I have had several discussions recently asking "why aren't more developers certifying for 2015 Edition" and I thought I would explore this subject and give some reasons why developers should stop waiting and start on 2015 Edition work. I have written multiple times about the slow rollout of 2015 Edition certified products so I don't find the current situation surprising. In fact, I think there are two key reasons for this. 1. The CMS habit of changing requirements. Regulatory
Yesterday CMS released their annual NPRM for Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for acute care hospitals and long-term care hospitals, and they used the opportunity to propose several changes to Meaningful Use Program. Read on to see what has changed. A rose by any other name... First, they are renaming the official name to EHR Incentive Program to Promoting Interoperability (PI). All Medicaid incentives end by CY 2021 so it make sense to drop the “incentive” part, b
In April 2016, ONC-ACBs opened their doors for 2015 Edition certification. We are now nearing the one year mark, and it is a good time to take stock at how certification is proceeding and what types of products are getting certified. As we noted last year, the launch was far slower than with 2011 Edition and 2014 Edition, but it was assumed things would pick up, especially with the release of the MIPS rule. Yet, the pace of actual certifications has remained significantly beh
Lost amidst the long awaited MIPS/APM Incentive rule and long overdue 21st Century Cures Act, CMS also dropped their Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center payment system Final Rule (OPPS/ASC). Within this, CMS introduced some changes to some of their EHR Incentive Program which impacts both providers and developers, including changes to the required measures and reporting period. You can read a good summary of thi
While we are still in the quiet period before MIPS or some other key rules come out later this year, a few things were happening with CMS that health IT developers might want to know about.
In early August, CMS released a NPRM for Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models; Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; And Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (that is a mouthful). This is another of its episodic bundle payment pro