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CMS to assess 5010/ICD-10 readiness
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is preparing a survey to assess the healthcare industry's awareness of and preparation for transitioning to the HIPAA 5010 transaction sets and ICD-10 code sets. More

It's not too late to join your AAHAM peers in Washington for Legislative Day 2011
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There is still time to register for this important event! Our program is designed to maximize your time in Washington, D.C. Not only will you hear from key government speakers and meet with senators, representatives and their staffs, you may also have the opportunity to sit in on important hearings, see the House in session or visit the Supreme Court. This is a tremendous opportunity to become involved at the grassroots level. Only minimal time away from the office is required as you can arrive in Washington on Wednesday, March 30, and return home Thursday evening. Remember, your participation ensures a future for your organization or your company as well as providing you with an opportunity to advocate on behalf of your personal healthcare needs and expectations.

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OCR will train state AGs to enforce HIPAA
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The Office for Civil Rights has invited the 50 state attorneys general for in-person training on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules, at the agency's expense, so they will be better prepared to take on expanded enforcement roles to safeguard health information privacy. The training course will aid state attorneys general and their staff in investigating and seeking damages for violations of HIPAA that affect residents of their states, said Sue McAndrew, OCR deputy director for health information privacy. The HITECH Act gave state attorneys general the authority to bring civil actions for HIPAA violations. More

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Healthcare administration simplification
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As you know, there is lots of dialogue on Capitol Hill right now about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and efforts by House Republicans to repeal this law. Whatever happens with the law, we need to reinforce with our legislators to keep administrative simplification (Section 1104) to help reduce costs and increase efficiency in healthcare operations. Please click here to ACT NOW and send an e-mail to your congressmen — to retain administrative simplification in whatever healthcare reform legislation is enacted. More

HHS issues health reform opt-out rules
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The Department of Health and Human Services has issued rules for states that want to opt out of certain requirements under the Affordable Care Act and instead implement their own insurance reform. Under the ACA, states can receive a "state innovation waiver" that allows them to opt out of some federal requirements in the ACA starting in 2017 if they successfully enact a state-specific plan to cover as many people as the ACA would cover, at a similar cost. The waivers could allow states to find creative ways to entice more people to buy insurance, without mandating that they do so. More

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4 in 5 office-based doctors could qualify for EHR incentives
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A review of federal survey data in this month's Health Affairs shows that more than four in five (83 percent) office-based physicians could qualify for new federal incentive payments through Medicare, Medicaid, or both, to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records. More

Despite incentives, doctors are wary about switching to EHRs
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About 20 percent of U.S. hospitals and 30 percent of office-based primary-care doctors — about 46,000 practitioners — had adopted a basic electronic record in 2010, according to government statistics. But most doctors would need to upgrade those systems to qualify for federal incentives. Recent surveys show that more than 45,000 doctors and hospitals have sought information or registration assistance from the federally funded help centers set up around the country to give free hands-on support; an additional 21,000 have begun signing up for the payments. More

EHNAC accredits first medical biller
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The not-for-profit Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission announced that it has accredited its first medical biller under a program that recognizes medical coding and billing companies for adhering to strict health-data processing and transaction rules. More

$3 billion lawsuit alleges Medicare underpayment to physicians
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Seven California counties and three physicians have sued the Department of Health and Human Services for $3.2 billion, accusing the agency of Medicare underpayments to physicians. The lawsuit claims that Medicare knowingly has used an outdated geographic rate system to pay physicians for more than 10 years. More

Congressional dispute delays 1099 tax reporting repeal
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In March, the House overwhelmingly passed legislation that would roll back a tax reporting provision in the health system reform law that would apply to many physician practices. The Senate passed similar legislation in February by a wide margin as part of an unrelated bill, but the chambers are not in agreement over how to offset the cost of the provision's repeal. More
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