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Why Are Physicians Hesitant to Invest in Value-Based Care?

September 26, 2017 - Federal quality reporting programs aim to improve the patient experience and health of populations and reduce the cost of care, goals their participants are clearly in favor. However, the latter take umbrage with the expense required of physicians, nurses, and other clinicians to meet requirements of these programs — whether in the past as part of the EHR Incentive Programs or more recently...


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AMA Calls for Stability, Simplicity in Future MIPS Scoring

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Atop its voluminous list of recommendations for the Quality Payment Program, the American Medical Association (AMA) has advised CMS to simplify the scoring of physician performance in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In a letter to...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

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 Issues Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems Guidance

by Kate Monica

CMS published three informative resources to guide eligible clinicians participating in Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017: a factsheet on MIPS participation, another on MIPS data reporting for clinical improvement activities,...

HIMSS Seeks Delay in Use of 2015 Edition Certified Technology

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

HIMSS is calling for a six-month delay to the federal requirements for healthcare organizations and providers to use 2015 Edition certified EHR technology in the EHR Incentive Programs and Quality Payment Program. In an April 11 letter to HHS...

Texas HIE Gains CMS Approval as a MACRA Qualified Registry

by Kate Monica

Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA), a Texas health information exchange, has recently received approval from by CMS to serve as a qualified registry capable of helping physicians and eligible healthcare providers with fulfilling reporting requirements...

Former Rep. Fleming Named to HHS Health Technology Post

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A former Louisiana congressman has accepted a position within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) that could impact the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). According to NOLA.com, John Fleming,...

CHIME Advises HHS Improve Interoperability, Standardization

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently submitted a list of recommendations to Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Thomas Price, MD, on ways to improve patient care delivery in several...

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 four...

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 providers...

CMS Sets New Deadline for 2016 Meaningful Use Attestation

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In line with reporting deadlines for the Physician Quality Reporting System and electronic clinical quality measures for hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a new deadline for meaningful use attestation for the 2016...

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 clinical...

CMS Updates Electronic Clinical Quality Measure Value Sets

by Kate Monica

A recent addendum to the 2016 Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) specifications updates IDC-10 Clinical Modification (CM) and Procedure Coding System (PCS) eCQM value sets for the 2017 performing year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

CMS Health Data Exchange Goals for Quality Payment Program

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A new year begins with the kickoff of the Quality Payment Program and with it a commitment by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve six strategic objectives, one of which focuses on its own health data exchange improvements....

Lack of Healthcare Interoperability to Hinder Goals of MIPS?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

In a recent comment letter on the final rule for the Quality Payment Program, the College for Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) contends that a lack of healthcare interoperability will pose significant challenges for participants...

Health Data Exchange, Interoperability Requirements of MIPS

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

One guiding principle behind the advancing care information performance category under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System is to bridge information gaps between care settings. To that end, the final rule for the Quality Payment Program —...

Understanding Meaningful Use to Facilitate Success in MIPS?

by Sara Heath

To ensure consistent clinical quality when transitioning from Stage 2 Meaningful Use to Advancing Care Information under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), policymakers should review the previous transition from Stage 1 to Stage...

CMS: Providers Choose Pace for Quality Payment Program in 2017

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Well in advance of the final rule for the Quality Payment Program — comprising both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has...

Role of Health Data Exchange in Advancing Care Information

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the advancing care information performance category will replace meaningful use for eligible clinicians — and place a strong emphasis on healthcare interoperability and health...

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