CMS posts Implementation Widget and Timelines for Version 5010 and ICD-10


Widgets to help out with the timelines for Version 5010 and ICD-10 have been posted by CMS to give detailed timelines of activities that providers, payers, and vendors need to meet.

For more information go directly to the CMS site at:

Timeline summary:

President Barack Obama has declared the week of September 11-16, 2011, National Health Information Technology Week.

The entire proclamation can be seen at

The text of the announcement from the White House states:

National Health Information Technology Week is a time to highlight the importance of efficient information systems that protect the privacy and security of personal health information while improving the delivery of health care in the United States.

US gov't proposal: Patient direct access to labs


The U.S. government is proposing new rules that would give patients access to the results of their lab tests directly from the labs, without having to wait to hear from their doctor. During the public webcast given today she proposed this change, while mentionign her own frustrations with getting lab test results.

Read more from Reuters at

CMS has issued a final rule for the E-Prescribing program


CMS has issued a final rule for the E-Prescribing program that includes additional hardship exemptions and allow providers more time to apply for an exemption.

Providers who do not meet the E-Prescribing requirements face cuts in their Medicare Fees in 2012 and 2013. Under the program providers who did not report 10 electronic prescriptions by June 30 face a 1% cut in fees for 2012, and providers who do not report 25 electronic prescriptions by December 31 face a 1% cut in Medicare fees for 2013


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