By tying hospital reimbursement to participation in Meaningful Use, the federal government is taking another significant step in healthcare payment and delivery reform. The proposal solidifies a permanent role for the Meaningful Use program beyond the period of incentive payments, and it further binds quality reporting for IQR and MU.

Government Signals New ICD-10 Deadline, Hospital Payment Updates

Key Takeaway: Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced their intentions to set Oct. 1, 2015, as the new deadline for transitioning to ICD-10. The agency also proposed hospitals payment updates for 2015 that are subject to Meaningful Use status and quality measure submission for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program.

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