Update to Medicare Signature Requirements

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During a recent Compliance Officers meeting CGS Part B Medical Director, Dr. Earl Berman, was approached with a question about signature timeliness guidelines for electronic medical records. Based on this discussion the Kentucky Medical Association recently published an article referencing CGS’ CMD’s response to a two day signature requirement for electronic medical records.

CMS announces additional opportunities for clinicians to join innovate care approaches under the Quality Payment Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) developed by the CMS Innovation Center to improve care and potentially earn an incentive payment under the Quality Payment Program created through the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The Quality Payment Program rewards clinicians with sufficient participation in Advanced APMs that align incentives for high-quality, patient-centered care.

Informal Review Request Period for the 2017 Value Modifier Open Now Through November 30, 2016

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The 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) were released on September 26, 2016. The 2015 Annual QRURs show how physician groups and physician solo practitioners performed in 2015 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier as well as their 2017 Value Modifier payment adjustment. Access and review your 2015 Annual QRUR now to determine whether you are subject to the 2017 Value Modifier payment adjustment.

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