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Meaningful Use Final Rule Adds Flexibility
   As of August 1, 2014, CMS reports that only 3.1% of hospitals and 1.1% of eligible professionals have attested to Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Challenges include delays in EHR version certification for Stage 2, declining incentive payments as well as mandate "weariness" by providers.  CMS published final Stage 2 regulations that provide significant flexibility to the program. To help providers decide on strategy, CMS has published a helpful quick guide and decision wizard that will spell out options.

Important Change to Hydrocodone Rx Rules

   Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014Prescriptions for HCPs issued before October 6, 2014 that have authorized refills may be dispensed in accordance with DEA rules for refilling, partial filling, transferring, and central filling Schedule III-V controlled substances until April 8, 2015.  
  The AMA warns that due to state laws, insurance limitations, and some pharmacy processes, some health insurers and pharmacies may not honor refills on or after October 6, 2014. The AMA has issued a series of items for physicians to take in preparation for the switch.

 

 



 



Investigation Into Physician Tax Identity Theft Continues

   The Medical Society of the District of Columbia received numerous reports from District physicians and other state medical societies about an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax scam affecting physicians. Although the source of the breach has not yet been determined, the Medical Society continues to communicate with state and local authorities about this risk.

  According to the reports, fraudulent income tax returns are being filed using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers. IRS officials believe this scam is an attempt to fraudulently recover tax refunds. 
  Physicians often become aware of the scam after attempting to file their 2013 income tax returns with the IRS. Victims have been unable to file their taxes electronically, as a return has already been filed under their Social Security number.
This fraud has occurred with federal, state and out-of-state tax filings.

  Has This Happened to You?

  If so, the Medical Society recommends you:

1. ACCESS IRS IDENTITY PROTECTION:  The IRS has tools and information available on its identity protection information page

2. CONTACT MSDC: If you have been affected by this scam OR if you detect unusual or suspicious activity on your credit report, please notify Pia Duryea at 202-466-1800 or duryea@msdc.org




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