CMSClosing out the week, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released two important announcements.

First, CMS declared the latest, and final, round of ICD-10 fee-for-service end-to-end testing was a success. 29,286 test claims were received July 20-24 with 87% of the claims being accepted.

Doctor with MoneyThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued 2014 quality and financial performance results that show Medicare ACOs continue to improve the quality of care for beneficiaries – while generating financial savings.

ICD-10 RedThere is an endless supply of articles and resources on ICD-10. Everything from training your staff, to making sure your vendors are ready, to assessing your practice readiness. But, with only 37 days remaining before transition, we wanted to shift the discussion to – What happens after ICD-10?

The followingTexas Medical Association article was originally published on Me&My Doctor, a Texas Medical Association Blog.

If physicians’ predictions are accurate, patients might need to brace for disruptions in doctor visits this fall.

The 10 year ONC Healthcare Interoperability Roadmap had generated a lot of buzz. It proposes critical actions for both public and private stakeholders that, the ONC believes, will advance the nation towards an interoperable health IT ecosystem, advance research and ultimately achieve a learning health. If you are like most busy practices, you might not have time to read the 166 page Roadmap.

CMSThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services updated its clarifying questions and answers regarding the degree of coding flexibility that will be permitted during the first year of ICD-10 implementation.

The revisions, made July 31, were to the two questions focused on explanations for a valid ICD-10 code and definition of an ICD-10 family.

Doctor with MoneyMore than two-thirds (69%) of physician leaders surveyed agree that doctors should be held accountable for costs of care, in addition to quality of care, according to a new survey jointly conducted by the American Association for Physician Leadership® and the Navigant Center for Healthca

Accountable Care Organizationsnew study published in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests that family physicians in accountable care organizations (ACOs) may not be paid that much differently than their counterparts in non-ACO practices.

WEDI LogoThe Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), announced the release of its findings from its June 2015 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey yesterday.

The ICD-10 conversion will bring with it a whole blitzkrieg of changes to workflow. Ask your partner what kind of training is available, including online and self-assessment tests.