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COVID-19 Relief, FFCRA Leave & Tax Deadlines in 2021

As we hit the end of 2020, there was a lot of confusion as to what COVID-19 relief was going to look like in the new year. This was mostly due to delays in passing new relief legislation. Luckily, in...

What You Should Know About Proposed Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule

On December 10th, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights released a proposed rule to modify the current HIPAA Privacy Rule. While this rule is not yet finalized, it is important that practices are aware...

2021 Physician Fee Schedule: The Highlights

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule with updates on policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule, going into effect on January...

HHS Releases Final Health IT Strategic Plan For 2020-2025

On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the publication of its final 2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan. Developed by the HHS ONC in...

Provider Responsibilities Under the Information Blocking Requirements

UPDATE: This blog has been edited from its original version to reflect new changes to the CMS timeline for these requirements. The upcoming Information Blocking deadline (November 2, 2020) is drawing...

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...