Bulletin Newsletter February 17, 2012

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Volume 63 Issue 7 – February 17, 2012

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Another Short-Term Patch for the Troublesome SGR

Congress voted today to extend payroll tax cuts, unemployment benfits and the current Medicare physician payment through the end of 2012. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature, as members of Congress prepare for a week-long recess to observe the President’s Day holiday.

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Senator Burr Co-Sponsors Medicare Reform Proposal

On Thursday, Senator Richard Burr (R, NC) and Senator Tom Coburn, MD, (R, OK) unveiled the Seniors’ Choice Act, a legislative proposal to create a more sustainable Medicare program through immediate and long-term reforms. The Act blends many of the short term Medicare reforms proposed by Senators Coburn and Lieberman (I, CT) with the longer-term reforms based on ideas proposed by Alice Rivlin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, and former Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), as well as the bipartisan Medicare Commission, according to a news release from Senator Burr’s office.

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HHS To Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the compliance date for ICD-10 implementation. The announcement came two days after Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC that CMS would consider extending the implementation timeline.

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In This Issue

Palmetto GBA To Make Early Payments in Transition to New Accounting System

CCME to Offer Free Assistance with PQRS Implementation

NCMS Member Resource Center FAQ of the Week: Patient Health Snapshot

NCMS Featured Partnership: AmerAssist A/R Solutions

Southern Regional AHEC to Hold Cardiovascular Update

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Learning Opportunities Center

NCMS Dues Deductibility Statement

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Meetings & Events

02/17/2012
NC Neurological Society Annual Meeting
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02/18/2012
Hot Topics In Diabetes Care 2012
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02/21/2012
Quality Improvement 101: A Toolbox for Improvement Wave 10 (Charlotte)
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