2014 Is Last Year to Earn PQRS Incentive
April 23: This is the final year physicians and other eligible providers will be able to earn an incentive payment through the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Those who don't participate successfully this year will be subject to the 2016 2% payment adjustment. Learn more about what's changing this year and how to select the best reporting option for your practice.
ICD-10 Implementation Delayed At Least One Year
April 18: The ICD-10 code set will not be implemented until at least Oct. 1, 2015, a change included in the recent legislation that also established a one-year Medicare physician payment patch. That means practices will need to examine software, office procedures and more to be sure they'll be able to use ICD-9 codes on and after Oct. 1, 2014. Learn more.
Premed Students Get a Taste of Osteopathic Medical School
April 10: Premedical students will have the chance to shadow osteopathic medical students during ShaDO Week, April 13-19. Participants will be introduced to the osteopathic medical profession through lectures, workshops and connections with their new mentors. Read more.
AOA Responds to CMS Plans to Release Medicare Payment Data
April 3: Despite strong opposition from the physician community, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to publish how physicians and other health care providers billed Medicare for their services and what they were paid. The AOA continues to express strong concerns about the release of such data. Read more.
Congress Approves One-Year Medicare Physician Payment Patch
March 31: The Medicare physician payment patch set to expire March 31, 2014, will be replaced by a one-year patch through March 2015 under Congressional legislation passed this week. The AOA will continue urging Congress to take the remaining steps to pass permanent Medicare physician payment reform this year. Get more details and take action.
Get Tools for Navigating Medicare Appeals
March 25: If you're thinking of appealing a Medicare coverage or payment decision, get tips for navigating the process, including an overview of each of the five steps of appeal, what to include when you submit an appeal, and more. Read more.
Osteopathic Medical Schools Among Nation's Best Grad Schools
March 14: Several osteopathic medical schools are included in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of 2015 Best Grad Schools. The report also looked at the medical schools with the highest percentage of graduates entering primary care specialties, a category in which osteopathic medical schools also performed strongly. Read more.
Upcoming Webinars Tackle PCMH, CMS Quality Programs
March 10: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care, CMS quality programs like the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) are just three of the topics that will be covered in the AOA's upcoming practice management webinars. Learn more and register.
AOA, ACGME Agree to Single GME Accreditation System
Feb. 26: The AOA, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) have agreed to a single accreditation system for graduate medical education programs in the United States. Learn more and view frequently asked questions.