Anthem LogoAnthem announced that it has agreed to acquire Cigna in a $54 billion cash and stock transaction.

CMSThe following press release was issued by CMS on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. According to the latest report from the Medicare Trustees, Medicare will remain solvent through 2030 due in part to the cost containment provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Cyber attack According to security researchers, a rise in cyber attacks against doctors and hospitals is costing the U.S. healthcare industry $6 billion a year as organized criminals who once targeted retailers and financial firms increasingly go after medical records. UCLA Health System is the latest organization to fall victim to criminal hacking.

eprescribingThe following excerpt about electronic prescribing (e-prescribing) is from an article found on DrFirst. It was written by Peter Kaufman.

Improved Patient Safety

To respond to myths and common misperceptions about ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new video. The animated short features a countdown with 10 facts about the new code set and transition.

Watch the video to learn the facts about ICD-10.

ICD-10 RedA bill to provide a safe harbor period for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by allowing healthcare providers to submit claims in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 was introduced Friday in the House.

CMSPhysicians will see a 0.5% overall increase in Medicare reimbursement in 2016 under the proposed physician fee schedule announced Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMSEarlier this week, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced additional measures designed to ease the transition to ICD-10. The effort includes a one-year grace period which will allow doctors to maintain focus on patients without being distracted by potential cashflow issues.

AMA LogoLooks like the AMA is finally acknowledging what many now see as inevitable - the transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.  A joint press release out today shows a new willingness on the part of the AMA to work with CMS on ensuring a successful transition.