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MACRA Implementation

Halamka Offers Guidance for Health IT Implementation, Policies

by Kate Monica

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, MD, MS, recently published comments on the future of national healthcare IT after attending HIMSS17. The list contained 10 guiding principles for maintaining and improving health IT...

Organizations Request Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MIPS Delay

by Kate Monica

Sixteen healthcare organizations are seeking a delayed implementation of Stage 3 Meaningful Use and similar requirements for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System. Including the College of...

CMS Funds to Help Rural Practices in Quality Payment Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of a five-year program to support individual physician and small practices participating in the Quality Payment Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded $20 million to 11 organizations. Over the remaining...

MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

by Kate Monica

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services.  In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom...

Value-based Care to Test Small, Rural Provider HIT in 2017

by Joncé Smith

While healthcare providers are reaping major benefits from technology such as EHR systems, the new year is also bringing significant attention to the technology-related challenges faced by smaller, rural and often more isolated, healthcare...

CMS Extends EHR Reporting Deadline for PQRS to March 13

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

On Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an extension for EHR data reporting for the 2016  2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). Eligible professionals, PQRS group practices, qualified...

Rural Hospitals Remain Weak Spot in EHR Interoperability

by Kate Monica

Rural hospitals have historically struggled to keep up with larger hospitals in more populated, urban areas in EHR adoption due to lack of financial and technological resources. The cost, time, and technical expertise necessary to fully...

Healthcare Organizations Call for Value-based Care Policy

by Kate Monica

Leading healthcare organizations from the public and private sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to maintain federal support for value-based care and MACRA implementation. Among some...

AMGA Pushes Congress Toward Accelerating Value-Based Care

by Kate Monica

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) has written House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to ensure that the transition to value-based care remains a focal point for the 115th Congress and that medical groups have the assistance they need...

Avoiding Financial Implications of Quality Payment Program

by Sara Heath

In these early days of the first performance year for the Quality Payment Program, healthcare professionals will need to develop a plan that leverages strong health IT use and health information exchange in order to avoid negative payment...

OIG Early Implementation Review Enforces Payment Reforms

by Kate Monica

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted an early implementation review of CMS’s management of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) to pinpoint milestones, priorities, and challenges related to QPP implementation and overall...

Epic EHR, MACRA, Meaningful Use Dominate 2017 Headlines

by Sara Heath

Epic EHR and other competing EHR technology once again dominated the health IT headlines this year, alongside major policy moves such as the MACRA implementation final rule and Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation. This year, policymakers...

CHIME: CMS Must Align Meaningful Use, MIPS Measures in 2017

by Sara Heath

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued public comments calling for better alignment of meaningful use measures in the EHR Incentive Programs and the Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA...

Industry Leaders Offer Closing Comments on MACRA Final Rule

by Sara Heath

As reporting for the Quality Payment Program under the MACRA final rule closely approaches, healthcare industry stakeholders are submitting their final comments. Earlier this week, AMGA and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)...

CMS Comment Period for Quality Payment Program Ends Dec. 19

by Sara Heath

Time is running out for healthcare professionals, lawmakers, patients, and caregivers to submit public comment on the Quality Payment Program. In a public statement, CMS announced that it will continue to accept public comments until...

Slavitt Addresses How MACRA Implementation Supports Medicare

by Sara Heath

In an address to the MACRA MIPS/APM Summit, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt commented on MACRA implementation, describing how the agency will use it to “keep the promise of Medicare.” In describing the formation of the...

CMS Launches API to Ease Quality Payment Program Reporting

by Sara Heath

CMS has launched an application program interface (API) tool to help healthcare professionals build software to assist in Quality Payment Program reporting, the federal agency announced in a press release. The API is hosted on the...

Key Takeaways to Support a Successful MACRA Implementation

by Sara Heath

The Quality Payment Program as part of MACRA implementation contains several nuances that will be useful for eligible clinicians to understand for successful participation in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or...

How’s CMS Helping Eligible Clinicians Prepare for MIPS?

by Sara Heath

CMS has funneled millions of dollars into providing clinician support during the transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to the CMS Director of Quality Measurements and Value-Based Incentives Group Kate...

How Clinicians Can Avoid MIPS Negative Payment Adjustments

by Sara Heath

Earlier this month, the Department of Health & Human Service (HHS) issued the final rule for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System under the Quality Payment Program. The final rule allows for numerous paths for eligible clinicians...

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