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CMS addresses three-day payment rule, condition code 44, observation, ABNs, and other inpatient topics

Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies, March 1, 2010

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CMS published on its Web site proposed regulations that provide a definition of meaningful use of EHRs December 30, 2009. The regulations were published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2010. Access the regulations at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/E9-31217.pdf.

IPPS hospitals that have a qualified EHR and meet the meaningful use criteria are eligible to receive the incentives. A CMS official said that incentive regulations will become effective October 1 and that incentive payments should follow shortly thereafter. Providers may comment on the proposed regulations for 60 days or until March 13.

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