E-News

CMS News Updates

12/13/2016
Join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for a webinar series to learn important information about the development of patient relationship categories for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) requirements (section 1848(r)(3)(B). The webinars will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the patient relationship categories. Read more ...

Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON)

12/12/2016
The MOON is a standardized notice to inform beneficiaries (including Medicare health plan enrollees) that they are an outpatient receiving observation services and are not an inpatient of the hospital or critical access hospital (CAH). 

The MOON is mandated by the Federal Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act), passed on August 6, 2015. The NOTICE Act requires all hospitals and CAHs to provide written and oral notification under specified guidelines. Read more ...

E-Prescribing Bill Signed Into Law

11/29/2016
Governor Cuomo signed into law the bill to allow pharmacists to transfer electronic prescriptions at the request of a patient. Thanks to all who responded to the action alert last week and sent a letter of support.
The full bill text can be found here.


11/18/2016 Urgent Action Alert
E-Prescribing Pharmacy Transfer Bill on Governor Cuomo’s Desk
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DOH Clarifies Plans for Sepsis Public Reporting

10/7/2016
New York State Department of Health (DOH) announced its plan to streamline reporting requirements for severe sepsis and septic shock to work towards alignment with CMS. The DOH is making changes/updates to the data dictionary including trying to better align SEP-1 and will be offering a sample approach to hospitals with volumes greater than 400/year. A timeline has not yet been announced.

Governor Signs E-Prescribing Bill

9/30/2016
On September 29, Governor Cuomo signed into law A.9335-B/S.6779-B. This legislation relieves practitioners of the burdensome requirement to e-mail documentation of e-prescribing exceptions to the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE). Prior to this legislation, practitioners were required to notify BNE by e-mail within 48 or 72 hours, depending on the circumstances, each time a prescription was issued and an exemption was made. Practitioners can now make a notation in the patient's health record regarding any exceptions taken to the electronic prescribing mandate. New York ACEP strongly supported and advocated for the passage of this legislation.