End of Enforcement Discretion Period for Use of Updated HIPAA Version 5010 Transaction Standards is June 30, 2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Office of E-Health Standards and Services will be ending its enforcement discretion period for Version 5010 standards on June 30, 2012. This means that all HIPAA-covered entities must be fully compliant with all of the upgraded transaction standards for ASC X12 Version 5010 (Version 5010) and NCPDP Versions D.0 and 3.0.
As of July 1, 2012, complaints received in CMS' HIPAA Administrative Simplification Enforcement Tool (ASET) regarding any HIPAA-covered entity's non-compliance with the updated standards will be subject to enforcement action under the existing HIPAA transaction and code set enforcement process.
Over the past months, health plans, clearinghouses, providers and software vendors have been making steady progress toward compliance, and the industry has demonstrated broad collaboration in working to resolve some of the technical challenges affecting implementation. Entities still experiencing issues regarding use of the Version 5010, D.0 and 3.0 standards in their transactions should refer to their respective clearinghouse and/or payer's website or provider service department for assistance.
For information regarding these updated standards, please visit the Versions 5010 and D.0 & 3.0 page on the CMS website.
Keep Up to Date on Version 5010 and ICD-10.
Please visit the ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare!
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) are holding a free and open webinar on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs on March 22, 2012, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET.
The webinar, EHR Incentive Programs - Introduction, Overview and Structure, will provide an overview of how the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are structured and administered, and will provide key insights for providers regarding their participation and navigation of the programs.
Interested individuals can register online.
Want more information about the EHR Incentive Programs?
Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.
What is the difference between EMR and EHR? Which type of system is best suited for your
individual practice? The AMA provides a
basic guide to the two types of technology on its website.
EHR Incentive Programs Overview
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Click here for more.
LSMS ERF Grant Request to Continue Study on
Earlier this month, the LSMS Educational and
Research Foundation submitted a grant request to the Physicians Foundation to
expand the study first undertaken by Dr. Schwartz. While Dr. Schwartz’s first study was limited
to Louisiana, the proposed grant request would expand the study nationally to
determine what factors prohibit physicians from implementing EMR/EHR systems in
their practices. To read the entire report, click here.
Digital Records May Not Save Health Care Costs
Researchers found that digital medical records
may end up adding to healthcare costs because doctors using electronic records
ordered expensive imaging tests more often than those relying on paper records,
reports Steve Lohr of The New York Times.
Report on EMR Technologies Completed
Drs. Andrew and Colleen Schwartz have completed their report on the lack of adoption of Electronic Medical Record, or EMR, technologies in Louisiana. The report is based on information gathered through a web-based survey of 594 physicians who were divided primarily into "adopters" and "non-adopters" of EMR technologies, among other categories. In general, adopters are positive towards the quality (74% believe it is of high quality), reliability (69%),the compatibility with their work style (64%), and ease of use (63%).
On the flip side, non adopters do not believe that EMR technology is reliable (75%), easy to use (75%), compatible with their work style (75%), or of high quality (70%). They also do not believe EMR technology has the ability to integrate into their practice (69%).