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ALERT: Congress Stops 24 Percent Medicare Pay Cut with Problematic Short-Term SGR Fix

Temporary Solution Includes 1-Year ICD-10 Delay

The U.S. Senate today passed legislation (H.R. 4302) to delay for one year the 24 percent Medicare physician pay cut scheduled for April 1. The Academy and a broad coalition of medical associations took the bold step of opposing the short-term solution. They contend it seriously jeopardizes passage of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to finally permanently repeal the faulty sustainable growth rate formula and make other program reforms. The SGR is used to calculate Medicare physician pay. > Continue reading

 

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CMS Releases Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

CMS has released a final rule defining the requirements for Stage 2 of meaningful use, which will begin in 2014.  The new requirements build on Stage 1 of meaningful use, and CMS has retained the exclusions that allowed ophthalmologists to qualify for incentive payments in Stage 1 of the program.  Visit EHR Central for more information on qualifying for the EHR Incentive Program payments and preparing for Stage 2.