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CMS releases final MU Stage 2 modifications, Stage 3 rules

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On Oct. 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a long-awaited final regulation that includes modifications to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive (meaningful use) Program and outlines the requirements for Stage 3 of the program. The rule also specifies EHR certification standards and finalizes the government's "interoperability roadmap." For meaningful use in 2015 through 2017, major provisions include:

  • Shortened 2015 reporting period (from all year to any 90 consecutive days in 2015);
  • Ten objectives for eligible professionals including one public health reporting objective, down from 18 total objectives;
  • Reduced number of measures that are required to be reported;
  • Reduced measure threshold for View, Download or Transmit (from 5 percent to just one patient in 2015); and
  • Reduced measure threshold for Secure Messaging (from 5 percent to simply having the capability in 2015).

MGMA will develop a member benefit overview of the regulation.
Read the CMS fact sheet.

Source: MGMA Washington Special Alert (Oct. 6, 2015). Reprinted with permission from MGMA.

Post-ICD-10: CMS does not require physician orders for services

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Since the Oct. 1 implementation of ICD-10, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) no longer requires provider (physician and non-physician practitioner) orders for lab, radiology or any other services, as well as durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies. However, these claims must include a valid ICD-10-CM diagnosis code.

For services ordered before Oct. 1, 2015, providers may use the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) posted on the 2016 ICD-10-CMS and GEMs web page to translate ICD–9-CM codes into ICD–10-CM diagnosis codes. For details, please visit

Save during October when you apply to ACMPE

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The American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) is offering discounted application fees for the month of October. Fees during October drop to $199 – regularly $250. Hurry, this offer expires Oct. 31, 2015. Learn more:

MMGMA New Address

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Effective October 1st, 2015 MMGMA is now managed by Ewald Consulting and can be reached at the address below.

1000 Westgate Drive, Suite 252 (UEL Building)
St. Paul, MN 55114
Phone: 651.366.6089
Fax: 651.290.2266


Committee Updates

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Government Affairs Committee

New medical licensure commission will seat two from Minnesota
A new interstate commission created to streamline and expedite licensure of physicians practicing in multiple states is now seating members, to include two from Minnesota. The commission is expected to improve access to care and tele-health.

The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Commission will seat members for the first time Oct. 27-28 in Chicago.

MMGMA supported adoption of the compact and will monitor Commission efforts to establish interstate license portability. Full implementation could take a couple years.

Minnesota is one of eleven states, mainly from the Upper Midwest and mountain state regions, that will seat founding members. More than 20,000 Minnesota physicians hold a license to practice in more than one state.

For more information on compact adoption and Commission efforts, please visit

Payer Relations Committee

Check BCBS website for policy changes ahead of system migration
Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) will begin to migrate its operating system on Nov 1, 2016. MMGMA encourages clinic administrators to check the BCBS website often for Provider Quick Points to learn of changes in medical policy, utilization policy, coding policy, and general changes resulting from the implementation of the new operating system.

Communications Committee

Seeking your feedback on website platform
Your Minnesota Medical Group Management Association chapter now is under new management. With the transition to Ewald Consulting, we have moved to a new platform. Please take a look and let us know if you notice any missing elements or navigation that does not work for you. Please contact Sue Haberle, Communications Committee chair, with your feedback:


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Job Listings

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  • Mgr Registration/Housing/Contract – posted 10/08/2015
  • Payroll Specialist – posted 10/5/15
  • Medical Director – posted 9/25/15
  • Scheduling Reception Manager – posted 9/25/15
  • Director of Clinic Operations – posted 9/25/15
  • Director of Minnesota Occupational Health – posted 9/24/15
Visit our job board to read more about these and other job postings.

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