House Approves Temporary SGR Fix. Bill Also Delays ICD-10, Two-midnight Rule and RAC Audits.

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial “two-midnight rule“and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

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Tenn. Sen. Alexander Decries The Medtech Tax | On Call

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is ramping up his opposition to the medical device tax, spending some time with his medtech stakeholders to renew his call to repeal the tax.

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New Initative To Focus On ‘Harmonizing’ CDS, Electronic Clinical Quality Measurement Standards

While lauding the Health eDecisions project for its work to set standards to support clinical decision support (CDS), a Health IT Buzz post announces a new initiative called the Clinical Quality Framework (CQF).

This new project from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will focus on “harmonizing” the standards for clinical decision support and electronic clinical quality measurement.

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House Passes SGR Repeal With Mandate Penalty Delay

The House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal Medicare’s physician payment formula in a bill that also would delay the health reform law’s individual mandate penalty, setting the measure up for failure in the Senate.

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