Interactive Tool Allows Easier Access to Physician Data

On April 23, CMS released a new interactive search tool that can help consumers and other stakeholders navigate information about the types of medical services and procedures delivered by physicians and other healthcare professionals. Users can search for a provider by name, address, or National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Review of the New Medicare PPS for Federally Qualified Health Centers - Registration Now Open

Wednesday, May 21; 12:30 - 2 pm, EST

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early. 
As required by Section 10501 of the Affordable Care Act, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) will transition to a prospective payment system (PPS) beginning on October 1, 2014. This MLN Connects™ National Provider Call will describe the final policies for the new Medicare PPS for FQHCs, including the encounter-based per diem payment rate, adjustments, coinsurance, and the transition to the new payment system. 
• Review of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act for a new Medicare PPS for FQHCs 
• Proposed policies, comments, and final provisions of the new FQHC PPS 
• Resources for more information 
• Question & Answer 
Target Audience: FQHCs and other interested stakeholders. 
Continuing education credit may be awarded for participation in certain MLN Connects Calls. Visit the Continuing Education Credit Information Web site to learn more. 

CMS Issues Proposed Hospital Inpatient Payment Regulation

On April 30, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would update FY 2015 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). This rule builds on the Obama administration’s efforts through the Affordable Care Act to promote improvements in hospital care that will lead to better patient outcomes while slowing the long-term healthcare cost growth.

Critical Care Neurology, NeuroTerrorism & Disaster Management Symposium

The following is an announcement from Robyn G. Young, MD, FAAN, President of the California Neurology Society:

The California Neurology Society (CNS) is pleased to announce a summer CME program, "Critical Care Neurology, NeuroTerrorism and Disaster Management."

Tax Identity Theft Scam Targets Physicians Nationwide

This week, staff of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) met with Arizona FBI and IRS agents about an IRS tax scam directed at physicians and other health care providers. The FBI is working on identifying how the intrusion occurred, and the IRS is working to identify perpetrators through the financials process. The breech has also triggered engagement of the United States Secret Service so three key agencies are now involved. According to reports, fraudulent federal income tax returns using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers are being filed electronically.

New Arizona Law Assures Insurance Navigators Can't Have Criminal Background

For those worried that standards were too low for navigators who help the uninsured find health coverage on the exchange, Governor Jan Brewer signed the Navigator Bill into law.

The goal is to keep criminals from gaining access to personal information of those seeking health coverage under the Arizona Insurance Marketplace, created under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Arizona Steele Center to Study Preventing Deadly Intestinal Disease in Premature Babies

A researcher at the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center plans to measure bile acid levels in premature babies to predict and prevent Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), an intestinal disease that is fatal to nearly one in five infants who develop the most severe form.

Melissa Halpern, PhD, associate professor, said NEC is a potentially deadly inflammatory gastrointestinal disease that afflicts approximately 9,000 premature infants in the United States every year. The cause is unknown and no treatments for the disease exist.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
1:30 - 3pm EST

Medicaid Program Integrity: What is a Prescriber's Role in Preventing the Diversion of Prescription Drugs? Fact Sheet Released

The "Medicaid Program Integrity: What is a Prescriber's Role in Preventing the Diversion of Prescription Drugs?" Fact Sheet (ICN 901010) was released and is now available in a downloadable format. This fact sheet includes information regarding practices to prevent, the impact of, and the penalties for drug diversion.

Eligible Professionals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments. Eligible professionals who begin participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program after 2014 will not be able to earn an incentive payment for that year or any subsequent year of participation. If you choose to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the first time in 2014, you should begin your 90-day reporting period no later than July 1, 2014 and submit attestation by October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.
Note: October 1 is the attestation deadline for eligible professionals in their first year of participation to avoid the payment adjustment. However, eligible professionals who miss this deadline can still demonstrate meaningful use during the last 90-day reporting period of the year (October through December 2014) and earn an incentive payment for 2014.
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