ICD-10 Delay Bill One Step Closer

ICD-10It’s been a hot topic for weeks, and has been passed in both the House and Senate. H.R. 4302, which delays the mandatory change to ICD-10 codes, has been passed by both the House and the Senate, and the only remaining step to pass this into law rests with President Obama signing off on this bill. What does this mean to you? Functionally, this means that the transition to ICD-10 codes would not be required – or accepted – until October 1, 2015 at the earliest. The passing of the bill also prevents the 24 percent reduction in reimbursement by Medicare that would have gone into effect March 31, 2014.

It’s important to remember that the transition to ICD-10 is not off the table permanently. The passing of this bill provides a one year reprieve, but doctors will still be faced with a transition to ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2015.

EHRs are the answer to address ICD-10. Eyefinity strongly recommends that practices continue preparing for the ICD-10 transition. We are committed to providing you with a quality solution to help you seamlessly convert to the new codes. See how Eyefinity EHR can help you easily make the switch. Request a demo today.

UPDATE: H.R. 4302 was passed by both the House and Senate in March 2014, and was signed into law by President Obama April 1, 2014. H.R. 4302 delays the requirement of ICD-10 codes until October 1, 2015.

New CMS 1500 Form Hits April 1

APRIL1If you haven’t already, make sure you highlight April 1st on your office calendar. This is the day you must be using the new CMS 1500 (02/12) form. There are a number of updates to this form, but two of the main changes include:

  • The new form has 12 spots for the new ICD-10 codes, which will be required October 1.
  • Pointers change from numbers to letters on the new form to also coincide with the new ICD-10 codes.

Go to Eyefinity’s CMS 1500 Form Resource Page for directions to upgrade your products.

April Is Important Month for Meaningful Use

It's AprilApril 1 marks the second quarter for Medicare providers to begin meaningful use. No matter if you are a Medicaid or Medicare provider, attesting involves three months of reporting for meaningful use in 2014.

If you’re participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, the three months must begin at the start of the quarter (i.e., January 1, April 1, July 1,or October 1). Whether you are beginning Stage 1, continuing Stage 1,or beginning Stage 2, you must update your software prior to your three-month reporting period.

The EHR Incentive Program requires eligible providers to integrate meaningful use of certified EHR technologies into their practices in stages. Each stage requires providers to meet specific measures and attest to their completion. Many providers began Stage 1 in 2011 and 2012. Those providers are required to begin Stage 2 in 2014. Providers who began Stage 1 in 2013 will continue with Stage 1 in 2014. Providers who have not participated in the program by 2014 will be subject to Medicare penalties in 2015.

Check out Eyefinity’s Meaningful Use Resource Page for helpful information about Meaningful Use 2014 Edition and certified product solutions.

Eyefinity Sets Its Sights on the Future of EHR Tech

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Steve Baker, President, Eyefinity

Curious about electronic health records (EHRs) and what the future might hold for you in making a difference for your practice and patients? Eyefinity president Steve Baker taps into the potential of the optical industry’s medical and retail strengths.

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Reprinted from Medical Design