The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the recently updated payment rates and policy modifications in the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year (CY) 2017 on the day of November 1. This ultimate final rule with comment time period involves a number of proposed modifications that would impact the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. On November 14, this final rule will be published and the comments will be accepted until the day of December 31.
The number of changes and modifications implemented to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are as follow:
An application procedure is required for a 1-time significant hardship exception to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for few EPs (eligible professionals) in the year of 2017 who are also transitioning to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).