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CMS Releases Final Regulations

CMS recently released the final regulations governing the implementation of the Medicaid primary care rate increase to 2009 Medicare rates for calendar years 2013 and 2014. AMS has been working with Arkansas Medicaid to implement this program. To qualify for the increased payment, the physician must meet one…

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ARKANSAS HEALTH CARE PAYMENT IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE

The Arkansas Department of Human Services will continue the monthly Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative webinars on Monday, January 14, with the perinatal episode. DHS has committed to provide information regarding episodes of care on a monthly basis. AMS staff attended the first webinar and found it…

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EPISODES OF CARE

As the second wave of episodes of care begins to develop for the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative, AMS wants to continue to direct you to information and resources that are available. The next round of workgroups have already begun and AMS has been instrumental in making sure that…

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ABCBS RESPONDS TO EPISODE MODEL CONCERNS

AMS and several physician groups, including representatives of the Arkansas Orthopedic Society, have been meeting regularly with ABCBS officials to work through concerns over their implementation of the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII). As a direct result of these discussions, ABCBS has made changes and adjustments, some of…

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AMS Partner athenahealth Earnins Top Rankings

WATERTOWN, Mass.—December 14, 2012— athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today announced that it has earned three #1, Best in KLAS rankings within the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards:…

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Arkansas Payment Initiative Update

Episode of Care Model - October 1 marked the start of the twelve month reporting period for Medicaid's initial three episodes (Acute Upper Respiratory Infections, ADHD, and Pregnancy). The next two episodes will begin in January (knee/hip replacement and CHF). Meanwhile, ABCBS has sent contract amendments to physicians…

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E-Prescribing Hardship Exemption Deadline Extended

CMS has announced that the Quality Reporting Communications Support Page will re-open beginning November 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013, to offer an additional opportunity for providers to apply for a hardship exemption to avoid the 2012 e-prescribing 1.5 percent payment adjustment on Medicare claims. The previous deadline…

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“Meaningful Use” Stage Two Final Rule Released

The American Medical Association has provided ongoing input since the inception of the EHR incentive program and has urged greater flexibility to make the program more reasonable and achievable for physicians. In a letter submitted by the AMA and signed by AMS, recommendations were outlined to eliminate physician…

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