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If you are an eligible professional, make sure you are aware of the special reporting periods for submitting meaningful use measures in 2014.
Meaningful Use Reporting for Medicare and Medicaid Eligible Professionals
You only need to demonstrate meaningful use for a three-month, or 90-day, reporting period, regardless if you are demonstrating Stage 1 or Stage 2 of meaningful use.
Choose your reporting period based on your program and participation year:
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On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This new law prevents a scheduled payment reduction for physicians and other practitioners who treat Medicare patients from taking effect on April 1, 2014. This new law maintains the 0.5 percent update for such services that applied from January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014 for the period April 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. It also provides a zero percent update to the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through March 31, 2015.
The new law also prohibits the CMS from enforcing any mandate to switch to the ICD-10 coding system until 2015. As of now, we have no official direction from CMS regarding official deadline for ICD-10 and whether or not organizations ready to implement will be able to do so voluntarily.
HITArkansas will keep you informed as additional information becomes available.
More detailed information about the new law can be found here: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Downloads/2014-04-02-standalone.pdf
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