ICD-10 Was Delayed, But Meaningful Use Was Not

Many physicians are breathing a sign of relief over the ICD-10 implementation delay. But some may have taken that breath too quickly—there’s still an important deadline to contend with this fall. Physicians looking to attain Stage 1 of Meaningful Use must have a 2014-certified EHR and must report for 90 days before October 1, 2014. Those who miss the deadline will see a 1% cut in their Medicare reimbursements in 2015. Physicians who attested to Stage 1 already but don’t...

Meaningful Tips on Meaningful Use – EHR Audits Become Routine

By the end of 2013, CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) had provided nearly $20 billion in meaningful use incentive payments to physician offices. However, as the CMS approaches its budget limit of $27 billion, evidence that it is implementing a greater number of audits is mounting. Doctors and health administrators should assume that the chance of being audited is going to be higher than normal in 2014. Consequently, they should begin preparing for a potential audit as...