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The FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule(Comments Off)

November 1, 2014

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule—which establishes federal fiscal year 2015 policies for Medicare payments to hospitals for inpatient stays—is discussed in this month’s column, along with how the IPPS will affect surgeons.

Expected State Sites for PCORnet’s Partner Networks

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

This column discusses the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s focus on patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness research, and research funding. It also provides information on how surgeons can get involved.

Physician Payments Sunshine Act data scheduled for release

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also known as Open Payments, is addressed in this month’s column, along with the registration process, types of data included in the system, the review and dispute process, and recommendations from the College.

The ICD-10 delay

This column addresses questions providers may have regarding the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, (ICD-10) delay and offers resources for surgical practices to continue to prepare for the conversion.

Avoiding the 2015 Medicare EHR Incentive Program penalty

This column discusses what surgeons need to know about the Electronic Health Records Incentive Program to avoid penalties in 2015 and provides other program updates.


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