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Act Now SGR Repeal Closer Than Ever
The “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4014/S. 2000), was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Its author is U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville). It features the handiwork of Rep. Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands). And it has the support of key congressional leaders from both parties and in both chambers. “We may not get this opportunity again,” said TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD. “Take action now to support permanent SGR repeal.”
Guidance on Prescribing Schedule II Hydrocodone Products
Over TMA's objections, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) published a final rule in the
reclassifying drugs that contain hydrocodone combinations from Schedule III to Schedule II. The change will take effect Oct. 6.
New Option for Providing LARCs to Medicaid, TWHP Patients
Physicians now have a new option for providing select long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their Medicaid or Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) patients. Effective Aug. 1, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission added Mirena and Skyla to the Medicaid drug and device formulary, allowing physicians the option of writing a prescription for the devices instead of buying and billing, as they had to do before the change.
CMS Sets ICD-10 Testing Dates
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has instructed Medicare administrative contractors to promote three specific testing weeks with health professionals and to provide data and statistics to CMS that demonstrate readiness for the ICD-10 transition.
DSHS Provides Interim Guidance on Enterovirus D68
A recent outbreak of enterorvirus D68 (EV-D68) is affecting children in six states throughout the Midwest. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of Sept. 10, 84 people had been confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.
PQRS: Take Immediate Action by Sept. 30
Group practices that plan on participating in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year through the group practice reporting option must register by Sept. 30, 2014. This deadline does not apply to physicians who will participate in the 2014 PQRS program year as an individual eligible professional (EP) or to physicians who belong to a group practice that will participate in the 2014 PQRS program year as individual EPs.
TDI FAQs Address 90-Day Grace Period, Prompt Pay
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) has updated its FAQs for Health Carriers to include information about the federal 90-day grace period granted to patients with subsidized ACA health insurance marketplace coverage and about prompt payment of claims.
TMA Comments on TDI Draft Rules for Independent Review Organizations
TMA told the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) in a letter that the association will oppose any potential fee increases affecting physicians involved in a review of an independent review organization (IRO). TMA provided comments Aug. 15 on TDI's informal draft rules for IROs.
New CMS Rule Slightly Modifies EHR Program
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a final rule designed to give physicians more flexibility with the floundering electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. While TMA appreciates that CMS recognized the need for modification, the association says CMS did not go far enough and did not heed most of TMA's suggested comments.
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