The Mission of the Hillsborough County Medical Association, Inc. is to advocate all things necessary to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards for medical practices and healthcare in the best interest of the physicians and patients of Hillsborough County.
To our valued patients:
The Hillsborough County Medical Association can provide a physician’s educational background, including specialty training and other pertinent information, which will assist you in finding the best physician for you and your family. This referral service is free and offered to you by calling (813) 253-0471.
To our valued physicians:
Since 1895, the Hillsborough County Medical Association has served as the local voice for organized medicine and is dedicated to preserving your profession. We are advocates for the members of our Association and will continue to keep you informed regarding legislative issues, public health concerns, legal requirements, and other information that would affect you and your ability to practice medicine in this ever changing healthcare environment.
Bringing physicians together to advocate for our profession and for the care of over one million patients in our community.
CMS Reopens Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Process
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will now reopen the submission period for meaningful use hardship exception applications to avoid the 2015 penalty. This application will be available for those eligible professionals (EPs) who were unable to fully implement 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) due to EHR vendor certification delays and issues. The new application deadline is Nov. 30, 2014.
The reopened hardship exception application submission period applies to the following circumstances only:
EPs that have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability; and
EPs who were unable to attest by Oct. 1, 2014 using the flexibility options provided in the CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.
The reopened hardship exception application is available here. While the application extension must go through the formal rulemaking process, CMS plans to begin accepting applications immediately.
Deadline for ICD-10 Allows Health Care Industry Ample Time to Prepare For Change
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. This new deadline gives providers, insurance companies, and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.
Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014.
Essentially, the final rule provides, in part, that prescriptions for HCPs that are issued before Oct. 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.
Click here to read a document providing detailed information.
However, due to state laws, insurance limitations and some pharmacy processes, some health insurers and pharmacies may not honor refills on or after Oct. 6, 2014. Therefore, prescribers should be prepared to provide new hard copy or electronic prescriptions for patients beginning on Oct. 6, 2014 rather than have patients use what would have been existing refills.