Newest Updates

CMS has extended the MU deadline to March 13, 2017. (Feb 2017)
As of Jan 1, 2017, there is a new Medicare Payment System. (Jan 2017)
2017 Medicare Part A and B Deductibles (Posted November 14, 2016)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2017 premiums. Part A deductible will be  $1,316.00 and Part B deductible will be $183.00 effective January 1, 2017. Click here for more details

2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Now Available (Posted November 14, 2016)
The 2017 Medicare Part B Physician's Fee Schedules is available for download on Novitas' website. The CPT code search for 2017 will not be available until the first week of Jan 2017.


 "HMO Blue Texas Network" is changing their name to "Blue Essentials" (Posted November 10,2016)

Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) received notification from BlueCross BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX) stating effective January 1, 2017 BCBSTX will change the name of the “HMO Blue Texas Network” to “Blue Essentials”. Click here for a copy of the notification.


2016 Meaningful Use 90-Day Reporting Period (Posted November 4, 2016)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published changes to the EHR Incentive Payment Program (Meaningful Use) within the final rule of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for calendar year (CY) 2017. A 90-day reporting period for the 2016 program year was finalized among other important changes. Click here for more information.  

HCMS has created a step-by-step guide to help in the decision making process. Physicians may share this information with their patients.