Medicare to accept revised CMS-1500 claim form starting in January

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The CMS-1500 Claim Form has been recently revised with changes including those to better support the use of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set. The revised CMS-1500 form version 02/12 will replace version 08/05. The revised form will give providers the ability to indicate whether they are using ICD-9 or ICD-10 diagnosis codes, which is important as the October 1, 2014, transition approaches. It also allows for additional diagnosis codes, expanding from four possible codes to 12.

Breach Reporting Update

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Privacy and Security is extremely important to Health Insurance Exchanges. CMS has submitted a request for a review of the reporting system due to "because public harm is reasonably likely to result if the normal clearance procedures are followed,” The request for review has been published in the federal register. The bottom line, if the request is approved then Health Insurance Exchanges will be required to report breaches or even suspected breaches within 24 hours. This is due to the large amount of patient data that will be stored in these exchanges.

Comprehensive Error Rate Testing A/B Task Force Introduction

Register to attend he first national CERT A/B Contractor Task Force Open Door Teleconference on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 2:00- 3:00 p.m. eastern time (ET)
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Part A/B Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) share a common goal to reduce the Medicare national payment error rate as measured by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing
(CERT) program.

OHSU notifies patients of ‘cloud’ health information storage

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07/28/13 Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University is notifying 3,044 patients that their OHSU health information was stored on an Internet-based email and/or document storage service, also known as a “cloud” computing system.

Although the Internet-based service provider (Google Drive, Google Mail) is password-protected and has security measures and policies in place to protect information, it is not an OHSU business associate with a contractual agreement to use or store OHSU patient health information.

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