CMS Issues Final Regulations Establishing the Medicare Shared Savings (Accountable Care Organization) Program

By:  George Choriatis, Esq. and David A. Manko, Esq.   The healthcare community can now take a collective breathe of relief.  Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the much awaited final regulations establishing the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  As discussed in our prior alerts, the Medicare Shared Savings Program is…

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ICD-10 FAQs

From Empire BCBS Website: ICD-10 FAQs for Providers What is ICD-10?  International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) is a diagnostic and procedure coding system endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. It replaces the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9), which was developed in the 1970s. Internationally, the codes are used…

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EHR + NCQA = Faster Path to PCMH

by TODD ROTHENHAUS, MD, CMIO Today, athenahealth announces the Patient-Centered Medical Home Accelerator Program, an exciting new initiative undertaken with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to help medical groups around the nation. Now, practices using athenahealth’s cloud-based EHR service will automatically receive credit for some of the requirements needed to achieve recognition as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).…

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LIBN: Questioning accountable care

Questioning accountable care by Bernadette Starzee Published: August 24th, 2011 The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is taking the plunge into newly charted waters. The Great Neck-based health behemoth applied to be part of the federal government’s “Pioneer Accountable Care Organization” program for Medicare patients, scheduled to kick off in January. ACOs are part of the Affordable…

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