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MiraMed’s eAlerts are distributed via email every Wednesday, and contains the latest industry information regarding business process outsourcing solutions, helpful coding news, or any number of relevant topics in the fast-paced, ever-evolving world of healthcare. To subscribe, simply complete the form below. Below the subscription form, you will find the archived eAlerts available.

August 30, 2017

Non-profit hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years and submit a report detailing the CHNA’s findings in order to comply with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Service tax code and maintain their non-profit status.  The following compendium of recommendations and reminders will help your organization derive the most benefit from a CHNA and keep you on track.

Read more: Tips to Make the Most of Your Community Health Needs Assessment

August 23, 2017

The proposed rule change posted to the Federal Register on August 10, 2017 indicates the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will rescind the regulations governing two mandatory bundled payment programs, the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive (CRI) Payment Models, which were scheduled to start in 2018. It also proposes to revise certain aspects of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, including:

Read more: CMS Modifies Bundled Payment Programs, Seeks Comments

August 16, 2017

On August 2, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule that updates Medicare payment and polices when patients are discharged from hospitals.  The changes, which will apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 420 long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), will affect discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2017.

Read more: CMS New Rule Aims to Boost Flexibility, Innovation

August 9, 2017

Among other things, the HITECH Act of 2009 requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish information about breaches of protected health information (PHI) involving 500 or more patients.  Following recent changes to the agency’s website, that information still appears, but if the breach is 24 months old or older, it now appears in an archive rather than on the main page.  The website now includes a front page featuring a list of more recent incidents that are still under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) as well as a separate archive of older, resolved breaches.

Read more: Data Breach Website Helps Providers and Patients Research and Report

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