A newly posted bill to patch the SGR for 12 months includes a minimum one year delay for the adoption of ICD-10. The bill, which was negotiated by House and Senate leaders, is expected to go for a vote Thursday, March 27, four days ahead of a scheduled 24 percent cut in physician Medicare pay. If passed, the ICD-10 adoption date will be pushed until October 1, 2015 and legislators would have another year to pass a permanent repeal of the SGR payment provision. AHIMA quickly announced opposition to the ICD-10 delay saying it will cost the industry money and wasted time implementing the new code set. Can I just say I am tired of all the politics? Few people want to see doctors getting a 24 percent pay cut so look for the legislation to pass and ICD-10 to be delayed – unless the ICD-10 provision is somehow stripped from the bill.
Aprima Medical and Etransmedia announce an upgrade program for Etransmedia customers using the Allscripts MyWay platform. Etransmedia customers, which include providers that purchased MyWay through Costco, have the option to become an Aprima client, or, to use the Aprima system but remain a hosted client of Etransmedia. Both options provide current Etransmedia customers with one free Aprima licenses for each existing MyWay license.
Surescripts awards e-MDs its White Coat of Quality award for applying best practices to the use of e-prescribing technology.
The 220-physician Summit Medical Group (TN) names Ed Curtis (Hattiesburg Clinic) COO and Joseph Ortiz (4D Imaging Systems) CIO.
CMS reminds Medicare EPs that the deadline to attest for MU to receive a 2013 incentive payment is March 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The deadline for Medicaid EPs varies by state. This part of the notice is a bit troubling:
Due to the large volume of providers attesting, please submit your data as soon as possible and during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.
CareCloud launches CollectiveIQ, a billing rules platform that is embedded within the CareCloud platform to improve claims accuracy.
Athenahealth adds Precyse University to its More Disruptive Please program and will offer users access to Precyse’s ICD-10 educational tools.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology launches IRIS Registry (Intelligent Research in Sight), a centralized data repository and reporting tool that aggregates outpatient clinical data from EHRs for practice benchmarking, for monitoring patient care, for tracking interventions, and for evaluating outcomes.
More medical schools are expected to include some EHR requirements in their curricula because the exposure to IT systems is increasingly considered a crucial element of the medical education experience.
California Health Report looks at EHR adoption among the state’s physicians and clinics and finds the process is not always smooth. Implementation issues are related to technology and to human factors and most physicians take two years to become competent on EHRs. An official with the California Healthcare Foundation notes, “there’s still a lot of room for improvement.”
A local paper profiles Sanford Health’s (SD) e-visit program, which is available to patients for $55 and connects them with a Sanford provider who will prescribe medications and/or offer medical advice within four hours. Currently the only patients eligible for e-visits are adults enrolled in the clinic’s MyChart patient portal program who present with one of seven non-emergency conditions.