Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:
• CMS and the AMA announced a new grace period for ICD-10 code submission mistakes for one year after the Oct. 1 transition date. As long as the incorrect code is in the same diagnostic family as the correct code, CMS will still accept the claim for reimbursement. The announcement comes as a response to concerns that medical practices wouldn't be paid if they made minor coding mistakes on claims. Source
• The Obama administration rolled out two new Medicare programs this week that would pay doctors and hospitals based on the quality of care they provide rather than the traditional fee-for-service model. One program would require all hospitals in 75 metropolitan areas to accept a flat fee for the costs associated with a hip or knee replacement. The other program would increase or decrease payments to home health agencies in nine states, depending on how they perform on certain quality measurements. Source
• A House bill, the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015, was introduced this week that would gradually expand telemedicine services for Medicare beneficiaries. The bill would remove current geographic barriers to rural, underserved and metropolitan areas, expand the list of eligible telehealth providers, allow remote patient monitoring for chronically-ill patients, and cover additional outpatient health services for telemedicine. Source
On The Front Lines:
Apple gained an ever-so-slight 0.01 percent increase over Android this week in mobile device market share among pMD's charge capture physician users. Apple also released its first public beta of iOS 9 to developers this morning. New iOS 9 features include a smarter Siri, app multitasking with picture-in-picture, new mass transit information in Maps, and the introduction of a News app.
Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.