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    ePolicy News January 2014

    January 06, 2014
    HHS Responds to Advocacy Efforts, Laboratories finally relieved of EHR Gifting Burden!
    On Dec. 23, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released companion rules extending a provision allowing certain healthcare entities to essentially gift Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems without violating the Stark or Anti-kickback laws. Though previously included in the list of entities safe harbored under this provision, the final rules differ from the proposed rules in their exclusion of laboratories from this list. This means that laboratories will no longer be allowed/expected to gift EHRs to (referring) physicians. Read more
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    After Years of Communicating PQRS Concerns, ASCP Proposes a Potential Solution

    December 18, 2013
    Since the creation of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2007, ASCP has been committed to educating our members on program requirements and communicating to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when program requirements do not meaningfully align with the pathology specialty. However, after years of urging CMS to slow program advancement, develop more pathology-specific measures, and exempt pathologists with no applicable measures from negative payment adjustments, ASCP is shifting to an even more proactive advocacy approach. Read more
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    New Toolkit Provides Resources to Promote Conversations about Appropriate Testing

    December 09, 2013
    A new online toolkit puts resources in the hands of pathologists and laboratory professionals to promote conversations between physicians and patients surrounding appropriate tests. The toolkit, part of ASCP’s Choosing Wisely initiative, seeks to raise public awareness about appropriate test utilization and to assist patients in taking an active role in choosing care that is truly necessary. Read more