VLOG Series – “Secret Code” for Information Sharing, Part 1

VLOG Series – “Secret Code” for Information Sharing, Part 1

Three-Part Series Addresses Information Sharing, Information Blocking and Data Exchange Hear from Net Health’s Director of Compliance, Jessica Zeff, in this three-part series on new requirements for information sharing, in which Jessica describes “the secret code” that all healthcare professionals must come to know and understand. In Part 1, she provides context around information blocking…

MIPS Submissions: 5 Tips for a Smoother Submission Process

MIPS Submissions: 5 Tips for a Smoother Submission Process

For those of us who have any interactions with the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS), January to March is a particularly busy time of year.  Some of us are still working through 2021 documentation audits, checking calculations, collaborating with clinical data registries, and generally working towards making our 2021 MIPS submissions to CMS.  At the same…

A New Era of Information Sharing: What Does It All Mean?

A New Era of Information Sharing: What Does It All Mean?

New information technology and changing expectations of healthcare delivery are quickly ushering in a new era of health information sharing.  This is evident to all of us who use patient portals, telehealth, remote monitoring technology, electronic fitness monitoring devices, and any one or more of the health applications out there in the ether.  There has…

Highlights From the 2022 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule

Highlights From the 2022 Quality Payment Program (QPP) Final Rule

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to have attended our recent webinars with Ellen Strunk founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. and Rick Gawenda of Gawenda Seminars and Consulting, clarifying the substantive changes from the 2022 MPFS & QPP Final Rules.  And if you were not able to attend, no worries, you can find…

Medical Devices and Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM): What You Need to Know

Medical Devices and Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM): What You Need to Know

There’s been a lot of excitement about Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) codes recently, rightfully so, but there’s also been a bit of confusion.  The 2022 MPFS Final Rule approved five new general medicine codes (see below) for use by physical and occupational therapists and speech language pathologists in the RTM group. The rule also permits…

New Legislation Could Delay PTA/OTA Payment Differential – Reach Out to Your Representative

New Legislation Could Delay PTA/OTA Payment Differential – Reach Out to Your Representative

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (BBA) included a provision that requires CMS to implement a Medicare payment differential on January 1, 2022, for care provided “in-whole or in-part” by a physical therapy assistant (PTA) or occupational therapist assistant (OTA). Since the law was passed, CMS and stakeholders have worked together to develop regulations around…

Product Compliance Assessment FY 2022 Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule

Product Compliance Assessment FY 2022 Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule

Rule Timeframe Released: July 29, 2021 Final Rules effective: October 1, 2021 Executive Summary The FY 2022 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule updates payment policies and rates for IRF PPS facilities for FY 2022. CMS is using the same methodology to update the FY 2022 rates as was used for…

Spotlight on the 2022 OPPS and ASC Proposed Rule

Spotlight on the 2022 OPPS and ASC Proposed Rule

CMS has released the CY 2022 Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems proposed rule with some intriguing proposals. Key Headlines Hospitals and ASCs may see a 2.3% increase in payment for 2022 Hospitals may see increased penalties if they do not provide charge information that patients can easily access Ambulatory surgical centers may…