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CMS Announces National Version 5010 Testing Week
July 26, 2011 1:51 PM by Lisa Algeo
The Version 5010 compliance date, Jan. 1, 2012, is fast approaching. All HIPAA covered entities should be taking steps now to get ready, including conducting external testing to ensure timely compliance. Are you prepared for the transition? Medicare Fee-for-Service Read More...
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CMS to Host ICD-10 Implementation Strategies Call
July 20, 2011 1:10 PM by Lisa Algeo
Is your office preparing for a smooth transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2013? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a National Provider Call on "ICD-10 Implementation Strategies for Physicians" on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, from Read More...
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HHS Awards $95 Million to School-based Health Centers
July 14, 2011 12:04 PM by Lisa Algeo
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced awards of $95 million to 278 school-based health center programs across the country. Provided by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will help Read More...
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Partnership for Patients Meets Goal of More Than 2,000 Participating Hospitals
July 13, 2011 10:39 AM by Lisa Algeo
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week that nearly 4,500 organizations -- including over 2,000 hospitals -- have pledged their support for the Partnership for Patients, the Obama Administration's Read More...
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HHS Moves to Offer Americans Same Insurance Choices as Congress
July 11, 2011 12:50 PM by Lisa Algeo
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable Read More...
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CMS to Offer National Provider Call
July 7, 2011 2:29 PM by Lisa Algeo
Beginning in 2005, Medicare covers an Initial Preventive Physical Examination (IPPE), commonly known as the "Welcome to Medicare" Visit (WMV); it is provided as a one-time service to newly-enrolled beneficiaries. The IPPE is an introduction to Medicare Read More...
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