ICD-10 compliance date delayed one year   08/24/2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule delaying the deadline for implementing ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes to Oct. 1, 2014, as recommended by the AHA. The rule also implements other administrative simplification provisions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. AHA members will receive a future Regulatory Advisory with further details on the final rule, which will be published in the Sept. 5 Federal Register. "The AHA is pleased with the revised compliance date for ICD-10," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "The delay will be especially beneficial to smaller hospitals as they modify their information systems and helpful to larger facilities to conduct additional testing with health plans." 
OMB urged to revisit proposed IRS rule's requirements for tax-exempt hospitals   08/24/2012
The estimated time required to comply with a proposed Internal Revenue Service rule implementing new requirements for tax-exempt hospitals under Section 501(r) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will "vastly exceed the 11.5 hours estimated," AHA told the Office of Management and Budget in comments submitted yesterday. AHA members reported to the association that they will have to spend anywhere from 250 hours annually to more than 2,000 hours annually to satisfy the detailed requirements of the regulations, the letter notes. "Prior to approving this [collection of information], the AHA urges OMB to evaluate the time commitment and commensurate costs imposed on hospitals and to review the comments that the AHA will submit to the IRS (and forward to this office) as evidence that alternative and more efficient means can be employed to achieve the goals of Section 501(r), to which the AHA remains fully committed," wrote Melinda Hatton, AHA senior vice president and general counsel.
AHA to host members-only webinar with CMS on Stage 2 meaningful use   08/24/2012
AHA will host a live members-only webinar Sept. 5 on the final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records, released yesterday. Robert Anthony, a health specialist in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, will review the Stage 2 requirements and timelines for implementation, incentive payments and penalties for health care providers that fail to achieve them. The event will be moderated by Chantal Worzala, AHA director of policy. To register for the webinar, from 2:30-4 p.m. Eastern Time, click here. For more information, contact AHA Member Relations at (800) 424-4301.
CMS renews deeming authority of two accreditation organizations   08/24/2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday announced its approval of Det Norske Veritas Healthcare for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospitals that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. Hospitals accredited by CMS-recognized accrediting organizations are deemed to have met the Medicare conditions of participation. In related news, CMS also renewed the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care as a national accreditation organization with deeming authority for Medicare Advantage health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations. Both accreditation programs were approved for six years.
CMS extends deadline for state innovation grants   08/24/2012
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended to Sept. 24 the deadline for states to apply for $275 million in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grants to design and test improvements to health care delivery and payment for people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The one-week extension is due to scheduled maintenance on the www.grants.gov website. Announced last month, the State Innovations Models initiative will award up to $225 million to help up to five states implement existing models, and the rest to help up to 25 states plan and design proposals in partnership with health care providers and others.