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MU Hardship Extension, Healthcare.gov, Ebola and ICD-10

October 10, 2014

Healthcare Industry, ICD-10, Meaningful Use / MIPS 2 Minute Read

CMS extends Meaningful Use / MIPS hardship application deadline.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for Meaningful Use / MIPS hardship applications. The new deadline is November 30. The extended deadline is available for the following cases:

  • Providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 editions of their EHR technology due to delays in 2014 edition EHR availability
  • Eligible providers that weren’t able to attest by October 1
  • Eligible hospitals that weren’t able to attest by July 1

The previously stated deadlines for hardship exception submission was April 1 for eligible hospitals and July 1 for eligible providers.

More details can be found at CMS.gov >>

The new healthcare.gov site was launched this week, but not without criticism.

The new healthcare.gov site launched on Wednesday. The site features a more streamlined application process, taking the prior 76-screen process down to only 16 screens. The glitch that placed a cloud over the would-be positive launch is the poor execution of the Spanish version of the site. Apparently, there are several translation errors that are causing criticism directed at the Obama administration. The good news is, English to Spanish translation should be easier to fix, than the disaster that was the original site. Hopefully, they make the required changes by the time open enrollment begins on November 15th.

What does Ebola mean for healthcare providers and ICD-10?

Unless you are living under a rock, you are well aware that there has been a documented case of Ebola in the United States. That patient, who unfortunately did not recover from his illness, was infected in Africa. By the time he’d been diagnosed, he had potentially exposed a large number of people he interacted with, including a number of people on his flights back to Dallas.

The recent spread of Ebola is making quite a case for the use of ICD-10. Tracking and preventing the spread of infectious diseases provides just one of many real and practical reasons for using ICD-10. Increased health risks of such diseases in the United States are creating alarm among the public – who will call the government and our healthcare system accountable if they are not adequately responsive. The government cannot afford to allow the United States to continue as the only developed country not using ICD-10.

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