Seeking a New Way to Deliver Primary Care

Have You Heard? – February 18, 2015

CMS recently put out a “Request for Information” (RFI) seeking comments and input on new ways to deliver primary care. Particularly interesting is their wording about “moving from encounter-based payment or encounter-based payment with care management fees towards population-based payments (PBPs)”. Could the reimbursement model of the future be different? Here’s an article that appeared on the Health Data Management website:

CMS Seeks New Way of Delivering Primary Care

You can see the RFI details from CMS’s website here.

No Reason for Any (ICD-10) Delay

Have You Heard? – February 11, 2015

Last Friday the General Accounting Office (GAO) released its report on whether CMS is ready for the conversion to ICD-10. After reviewing the report, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said in a statement that “… [CMS is] on track to upgrade to the next level of healthcare coding”, and “I … see no reason for any delay past the October deadline.” Read more in this article from the Healthcare IT News website:

GAO and Hatch see no delay for ICD-10

For you policy wonks who like to get into the details, here’s the GAO’s 36-page report from their website.