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Evidence Supports Continuity of Care Quality Measures in QPP

November 13, 2018 - Adding quality measures related to continuity of care to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may help lower healthcare costs and reduce hospitalizations, according to a new Annals of Family Medicine study.   Andrew Bazemore, MD, and his team set out to measure how continuity of care affects healthcare spending and patient health outcomes. The team used Medicare claims data for...


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Certified EHR Technology at Center of Debate Over MIPS Updates

by Kate Monica

MGMA and AMIA hold differing opinions over CMS policies included in Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that require eligible clinicians to use 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to fulfill reporting requirements...

CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

by Elizabeth Snell

Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial...

MIPS Requirements Could Be Waived for Certain Clinicians

by Elizabeth Snell

The Medicare Advantage Qualifying Payment Arrangement Incentive (MAQI) Demonstration is being advanced, which would waive Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements for some clinicians, CMS announced last week. The MIPS...

CMS Updates 2018 MIPS Participation Status Lookup Tool

by Kate Monica

Clinicians can now look up their Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation status through a simplified online lookup tool, CMS officials announced today during a webinar on participation criteria for the second year of the...

MGMA Urges CMS Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Information

by Kate Monica

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently submitted a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, requesting CMS release 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information. The association also urged CMS...

CMS Approves ASCP for Qualified Clinical Data Registry Status

by Kate Monica

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) recently announced its National Pathology Quality Registry (NPQR) is now a CMS-approved Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) status for 2018. Achieving QCDR status means NPQR now...

Handful of EHR Systems Achieve 2015 ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

All three Greenway EHR and practice management solutions have achieved 2015 edition ONC health IT certification to help providers meet federal reporting requirements as the healthcare industry transitions to the value-based care...

MIPS Changes in the 2018 Quality Payment Program Final Rule

by Kate Monica

The recently released CMS 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule includes policies to reduce administrative burden for eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Specifically, the final...

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

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

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...

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...

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...

CMS Rule Simplifies Quality Payment Program Requirements

by Kate Monica

CMS yesterday issued an unpublished version of a proposed rule modifying the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), as required by MACRA, in an effort to simplify the program. Simplifying QPP will benefit small, independent,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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