Category Archives: Medicare

Congressional Action on the ACA

As our government transitions to a new administration, the following question has become increasingly common: Would amendments to or repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect medical assistants’ scope of practice? The answer? Almost certainly not.  The scope of … Continue reading

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Addressing Recent Concerns About Order Entry

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Blog recently posted these articles dealing with forthcoming changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs: EHR Incentive Programs: Where We Go Next Comments of CMS Acting Administrator … Continue reading

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CMS Final Rule Reaffirms Credentialing Requirement for Medical Assistants

On October 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final rule for the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. In responding to comments urging that the “credentialed medical assistant” requirement be made less stringent, CMS … Continue reading

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OIG Initiates Audit Program of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

As part of its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services is initiating an audit program of the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. This audit … Continue reading

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Eligible Professionals for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

The Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program and the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program are two similar, but different, federal initiatives.  Questions have arisen about which health care providers are eligible to participate in the Medicare Program, the Medicaid Program, … Continue reading

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