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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Permanently Repeal Medicare SGR

With the current physician payment patch set to expire on March 31, lawmakers in the House and Senate have unveiled a bipartisan bill to eliminate the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.


Medicare Continues Transition from Volume to Value

In January, Medicare announced performance goals and timelines for the transition of Medicare payments from volume to value along with a public-private partnership to encourage employers, health insurers, physicians, and hospitals to adopt similar goals.


Lawmakers Oppose Additional ICD-10 Delays

After twice delaying ICD-10 implementation, lawmakers have stated that there will be no more delays.  Implementation is set for October 1, 2015.


Public Health Alert: KY Health Care Providers Should Prepare Now for Possible Measles Cases

From January 1 to January 28, 2015, 84 people from 14 states were reported to have measles in the United States. This large outbreak began in western states associated with measles virus exposure at an amusement park and is advancing eastward to other states.  All health care providers should prepare for the likely possibility that measles cases will present for care in Kentucky.


CME Record Keeping Folders Available

As of January 1, physicians begin a new CME cycle for state licensure requirements. From January 2015, to December 2017, physicians must complete 60 CME credits. To assist physicians with their record-keeping, KMA has developed a CME Record Keeping Folder which is available to members at no cost.


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