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SB 1318 Health Care Worker Vaccination Bill Passes Senate with Bipartisan Support

SB 1318 (Wolk), which would require all health care workers in health care facilities, including physicians, to either receive the influenza vaccination or wear a mask in patient care areas during flu season, passed the state Senate today by a vote of 23 to 9.

Ready for Version 5010?

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Offices are hosting a series of webinar on Version 5010 for health care providers, clearinghouses, vendors and others. Sign up for a free CMS webinar to learn more about Current Conversion Statistics, Final Preparations for 5010/D.0 Cutover, Operational Concerns, Future of EDI Communications, Resources and Contact Information.

Avoid the e-Prescribing Penalty for 2013

The deadline to apply for a Medicare e-prescribing exemption for 2013 is June 30, 2012. If you have not electronically prescribed 10 times with a qualifying physician fee schedule service, you only have a few more weeks to do so. The 2013 payment reduction penalty of 1.5 percent will be determined by e-prescribing activity between January 1 and June 30, 2012.