Each of the ACO organizations that participates in the Next Generation Program has significant experience with accountable care initiatives such as the Medicare Shared savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Program. 28 New organizations have joined the Next Generation ACO model for 2018. These numbers bode very well for the future of the Next Generation ACO Program. Historically ACO's have been organizations that are primary care-centric, but CMS does have a Dialysis Model for ACO's and that particular model has also demonstrated significant savings.
The Security Ledger has an exclusive story well worth checking out: A global federation of labs will test the security of medical devices, according to an announcement on Monday by a consortium of healthcare industry firms, universities and technology firms.
The following draft Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) will be published for review and comment for the following contract numbers: 01112 (NCA), 01182 (SCA), 01212 (AS, GU, HI, NMI) and 01312 (NV), on the Noridian website and CMS Medicare Coverage Database (MCD) for Open Public Meetings occurring on June 1, 2017. Draft LCD's in BOLD are currently available. others will be published as they become available.
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During a recent Compliance Officers meeting CGS Part B Medical Director, Dr. Earl Berman, was approached with a question about signature timeliness guidelines for electronic medical records. Based on this discussion the Kentucky Medical Association recently published an article referencing CGS’ CMD’s response to a two day signature requirement for electronic medical records.