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HIMSS Supports Promoting Interoperability, 2015 Edition CEHRT Use

September 13, 2018 - HIMSS recently stated its support for CMS efforts to require adoption of 2015 edition certified EHR technology (CEHRT) by 2019, as well as the federal agency’s proposed policies surrounding the implementation of a Promoting Interoperability performance category. This feedback came in response to the CMS proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), released along...


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How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS recently released its proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce administrative burden for eligible...

Supporting the Independent Practice in a Value-Based Care System

by Kate Monica

Value-based care is touted as a way of incentivizing providers to achieve the triple aim: delivering high quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs. While shifting from a fee-for-service model to...

CMS Proposes Quality Payment Program Changes, Administrative Relief

by Kate Monica

CMS has proposed key changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) intended to reduce administrative burden, shift the focus from process-based measures to outcomes-based measures, and promote EHR interoperability. The 2019 QPP proposed...

Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

by Kate Monica

Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema...

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...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

by Kate Monica

Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere —...

Quality Payment Program Year 1 Participation Exceeds 90%

by Kate Monica

Over 90 percent of eligible clinicians participated in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) during the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent announcement from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. CMS...

CMS Efforts to Cut Administrative Burden Still Need Improvement

by Kate Monica

In the wake of discouraging reports highlighting the negative effects of strict federal regulation and EHR use, CMS has pushed administrative burden reduction to the top of its agenda. In 2017, CMS Administrator Seema Verma introduced a...

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...

CMS Proposes Meaningful Use Changes to Promote Interoperability

by Kate Monica

As part of an effort to overhaul the EHR Incentive Programs, CMS is renaming the meaningful use program “Promoting Interoperability.” The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Advancing Care Information performance...

Physicians Seek MIPS Changes, Reduced Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

Forty-four medical associations, groups, and societies recently issued a letter to CMS urging the federal agency to reduce the 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) quality reporting period from a calendar year to a minimum of...

NQF Advises CMS Align Quality Measures, Cut Administrative Burden

by Kate Monica

The National Quality Forum’s (NQF’s) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recently provided recommendations to CMS on ways to align clinical quality measures and reduce administrative burden associated with federal reporting...

MedPAC Continues to Push for MIPS Repeal, Voluntary Value Program

by Kate Monica

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advocated for the repeal of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its 2018 March report to Congress. In its place, MedPAC recommended Congress implement a voluntary value...

CMS Offers $30M for Quality Payment Program Measures Development

by Kate Monica

CMS is offering stakeholders up to $30 million in funding and technical assistance for the development and improvement of quality measures part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to a recent CMS blog post. As part of the...

Improving EHR Integration, Interoperability May Curb Opioid Abuse

by Kate Monica

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently recommended federal agencies improve interoperability and EHR integration with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to help curb the opioid...

AAFP Offers Strategies to ONC, CMS to Reduce Regulatory Burden

by Kate Monica

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recently requested CMS and ONC work to reduce regulatory burden to allow clinicians to spend more time interacting face-to-face with patients. In a letter submitted earlier this month, the...

Specialty Practices Anxious Over 2018 Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

Reducing regulatory burden was one of the primary aims of the 2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, but current requirements still negatively impact patient care and clinical workflows. Despite administrative burden associated...

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...

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