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TX – House Passes Bill to Allow Virtual Visits

The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill, by unanimous vote, that will enable physicians licensed in the state to supply telemedicine services to patients they have never met in person.

CMS gives over 800K Physicians Reprieve from MACRA Reporting in 2017

CMS has sent over 800,000 letters to clinicians, with notification that they will not be evaluated under the MACRA Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017. Federal officials predict only about one-third of clinicians will have to file quality reports this year under the new Medicare payment system.

CMS Proposes 2018 Updates for Medicare Hospital Admissions

CMS has issued FY 2018 proposed rule for Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System. The proposal hopes to relieve regulatory burdens for providers and encourage transparency, flexibility, and innovation in care delivery.

PA – Report Links over 850 Medication Errors to Health Information Technology

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority released an in-depth analysis of health information technology (HIT) related medication errors. The report indicates that 889 medication-error events were reported by health care facilities between January 1 and June 30, 2016, all of which indicated health information technology as a contributing factor.

PTAC Now Accepting APM Proposals

The Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) was established earlier this year by MACRA and is now accepting proposals for alternative payment models (APMs).

21st Century Cures Bill Breezes through Senate

On December 7, the Senate voted 94-5 to pass the long-awaited mental health legislation, the 21st Century Cures Bill. The bill was signed by President Obama in a White House ceremony on December 13.

Final 2017 Medicare Hospital Rates

The IPPS final rule for 2017 increases rates for general acute care hospitals by approximately 0.95%. It eliminates the two-midnight rule’s inpatient pay cuts and also includes rate changes for long-term care hospitals.