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Washington -- Physicians who provide care for Medicare patients face a nearly 30% rate cut starting next January unless lawmakers can agree to prevent the reduction.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum, who also directs the agency's Center for Medicare, detailed the latest estimate in a letter to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Chair Glenn Hackbarth, posted on the agency's website (www.cms.gov/sustainablegratesconfact/downloads/medpacfinal.pdf).
Because Congress has not implemented a permanent overhaul of the sustainable growth rate formula that helps determine physician pay, CMS is required to calculate the 2012 rate as if congressional short-term patches dating back to the beginning of 2007 had never occurred. The figure may be revised slightly when more updated physician pay data become available in the fall.
If lawmakers do not act again, the 29.5% cut will take effect Jan. 1, 2012, when the latest short-term patch runs out. For ...
At least 500 hospitals will receive help meeting at least one meaningful use objective thanks to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant awarded to the American Hospital Assn., the College of American Pathologists and the health information network Surescripts.
The two-year, $4.9 million grant, announced Feb. 21, will help the hospitals satisfy electronic public health data reporting requirements under meaningful use by connecting them electronically to a shared network.
Criteria to qualify for meaningful use incentives for the implementation of electronic medical records include the ability of hospitals to transmit data electronically on reportable lab tests to public health agencies. Hospitals that meet meaningful use requirements under the Medicare or Medicaid incentive programs could receive at least $2 million in bonuses. Physicians can receive as much as $44,000 over five years in Medicare bonuses or up to $63,750 over six years in Medicaid bonuses by meeting mea ...
Patients trust their doctors over other parties, such as insurers, the government and employers, to protect their health information. But some believe electronic medical records may make their data less secure, according to a survey.
In late January, CDW Healthcare surveyed 1,000 American adults who had visited a physician or hospital in the past 18 months. Sixty-eight percent said their physician office was responsible for protecting their personal health information, and 67% trusted their doctor's office the most to maintain that information. Employers were least trusted, at 7%.
In addition to health information, the majority of survey respondents (79%) said they believed their doctors' offices were responsible for protecting their financial information, personal identifying information (91%) and family information (94%).When asked what impact EMRs would have on privacy protections, 40% said they would have a somewhat negative effect and 9% said they would have a significantly ...