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Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

September 21, 2017 - With the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA now in its first year, both healthcare providers and federal agencies such as CMS hope participating hospitals and physician practices are better prepared to meet requirements and avoid payment penalties. However, the outlook for most physicians is not good. A survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found more than 75 percent...


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Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of the...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations governing...

Stakeholders Seek Common Changes to Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

CMS is currently gearing up to finalize the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule for 2018. Released in June, the proposed rule seeks to simplify the second year of the program comprising the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)...

NCQA Recommends 11 Changes to Quality Payment Program Rule

by Kate Monica

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently made nearly a dozen recommendations to CMS on the next iteration of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The recommendations came in response to a request for comment regarding the QPP...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

by Kate Monica

Applications for Quality Payment Program (QPP) Hardship Exceptions are now open for eligible clinicians participating in the 2017 transition year, CMS announced. The federal agency issued the announcement in a recent listserv email. Clinicians...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

by Kate Monica

Members of the Senate recently issued a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma requesting that the federal agency recover approximately $729.4 million in overpaid EHR incentive payments. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Charles Grassley...

MedPAC Recommends CMS Simplify MIPS Reporting Requirements

by Kate Monica

A congressional agency recently issued its June report highlighting the need to improve the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) by reducing administrative burden and increasing the importance...

CMS Releases Proposed Quality Payment Program Rule Summary

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released an extensive 26-page summary of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule detailing the most significant potential changes providers can expect should the rule go into effect.   QPP was designed primarily to improve...

Most Physicians Doubt Preparedness for MACRA Requirements

by Kate Monica

A recent survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found over 75 percent of physicians feel unprepared to meet MACRA requirements in 2017. Published at the Eighth Annual Alternative Payment Model (APM) and Accountable Care Organization...

AAFP Requests Simplified Quality Payment Program Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting the federal organization simplify the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This feedback was included as part of the academy’s response to a CMS 2018...

ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

by Kate Monica

A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes...

AMIA Supports Less Aggressive CMS 2015 CEHRT Timeline

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments supporting a CMS proposed rule that impacts hospital implementations of certified EHR technology.* Editor's note: Portions of this article have been updated...

OIG Estimates $729.4M in Erroneous EHR Incentive Payments

by Kate Monica

CMS overpaid an estimated $729.4 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals (EPs) who failed to meet meaningful use requirements, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently announced. In a report published Monday,...

CMS Outlines 2015 PQRS Reporting Challenges, Trends

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released a report outlining the reporting experience for providers under the physician quality reporting system (PQRS) in 2015. The report also includes notable trends in provider experience from previous years of the PQRS program...

CMS Details Quality Payment Program Technical Assistance

by Kate Monica

CMS recently issued a guide of technical assistance resources clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program (QPP) can use to navigate one of its two pathways successfully. The list of free resources gives clinicians participating in...

VA Awards $19.6M Contract for Veteran Care Access Mobile App

by Kate Monica

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently granted a contract for $19.6 million to fund an online patient self-scheduling system accessible through a mobile application designed to improve patient care access for veterans. Document Storage...

AAFP Recommends CMS Simplify MACRA Implementation Requirements

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently submitted a letter to CMS suggesting ways the federal agency can simplify MACRA implementation requirements for providers. Representing 124,900 physicians and medical students across the...

CMS to Inform Clinicians of MIPS Participation Status in May

by Kate Monica

All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive notification of their participation status by the end of May, CMS recently announced. The federal agency is in the process...

CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

CMS recently developed a centralized repository of public health agencies and clinical data registry reporting to provide a one-stop source of information for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs. The...

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