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What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cures Act Certification Updates

In addition to the Information Blocking updates we discussed in a recent blog post, the 21st Century Cures Act Final Rule also requires use of Cures Act Edition certified software. This will include...

Information Blocking: Cures Act Final Rule

The information blocking requirements of the Cures Act Final Rule will take effect on November 2, 2020. This means healthcare providers have barely a month to ensure they are in compliance or risk...

Building a Quality Improvement Team in Your Practice

No matter whether your practice is small or large, creating a Quality Improvement Team can provide the ability to remain viable in today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Practices now face...

New E/M Coding Changes Begin January 1st, 2021

One of the first things that providers learn about the billing system used for CMS is how to use the evaluation and management (E/M) codes 99201-99215 for initial and follow-up office visits. These...

New AMA CPT Codes Account for COVID-19 Supplies, Staff Time & Testing

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently released a broad update to CPT codes for 2021, including guidance for several new codes related to COVID-19. This update to the CPT code set was...

Managing New MIPS Cost Category Changes For Specialty Practices

With the introduction of episode-based measures in the Cost category, many specialty providers are going to be seeing their Cost score affecting their overall MIPS score for 2019. With this new...

The Highlights: 2021 QPP Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Among the proposed items are a number of significant changes to the Quality...

Surviving a MIPS Audit

Starting today, August 3, 2020, CMS is resuming suspended medical reviews as well as initiating new audits. While this should merely be a return to business as usual for MIPS providers, it is...

CMS Proposes to Make Telehealth Flexibilities Permanent

At the close of June 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule that would make some of the recent flexibilities for telehealth permanent. Many of these...

HHS Announces Enhanced Provider Relief Fund and Portal

On June 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced new redistributions from the Provider Relief Fund...