February 1, 2013
On January 8, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released new guidance regarding the Stage 2 criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, also known as meaningful use.
This revised guidance clarifies confusion over the fact that a single Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS) code did not exist for the entirety of radiology. It also clarifies which radiologists are eligible to apply for a hardship exception to avoid Medicare payment adjustments in 2015. Under the revised guidance, the PECOS code now lists radiology as diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and nuclear medicine.