Medical World Americas Conference and Expo
George R. Brown Convention Center,
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BCMS General Membership Meeting
Suites Northwest, 7750 Briaridge Drive
BCMS New Member Welcome
and Mingle Party
Congress has voted: SGR receives yet another
patch and ICD-10
will be delayed for another year
The next SGR cliff is April 1, 2015;
ICD-10 delayed to Oct. 1, 2015
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
Chief Governmental and Community Relations
Well, the gloves can come off
again ... for a little while. After months of consternation
and a hard fight by physician members of BCMS, TMA and the AMA
urging lawmakers to repeal SGR, Congress has placed another patch
on SGR, averting for one year the 24 percent physician payment cut
that had been scheduled for April 1, 2014. HR 4032, the
Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, passed the U.S. House of
Representatives on March 27 and the U.S. Senate on March 31.
Although the opportunity to fix SGR once and for all is all but
lost, something good did come out of HR 4032's passage: the
one year delay (and second deadline extension) of ICD-10
implementation to Oct. 1, 2015.
To read more about HR 4032 and
the specific provisions of the bill, click here.
For local discussion on this and
other advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and
Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Free, local help available for Medicaid specialist program
UT Health Science Center Houston and
Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center (GCREC) provide technical
assistance to Medicaid providers participating in the Texas Medicaid
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.
This assistance is offered at NO COST
to eligible Medicaid primary care and Medicaid physician specialists.
Additionally, if you are a Medicare provider, there are still some
openings to receive assistance at NO COST to your practice.
The GCREC is a program within the
School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHSC-Houston focusing on
Meaningful Use consulting and EHR technical assistance. The GCREC has
local health information consultants in the Bexar County and South
Texas area assisting providers with project management, workflow
redesign, security risk assessment, and Meaningful Use attestation
The Medicaid program previously was
available only to a limited pool of Medicaid providers who specialize
in cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary disease and psychiatry.
However, the specialty list has been expanded to all Medicaid
specialties. This opens the door to a greater number of Texas
providers that are in need of Texas-based resources with experience in
the Medicaid/Medicare Incentive program.
For information, call 713-500-3479 or
email GCREC@uth.tmc.edu to
determine your eligibility for free services.
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