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eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

October 11, 2017 - This week, eClinicalWorks entered into two new partnerships to improve EHR use for both providers and patients. The health IT company today announced a new partnership with clinical data registry developer FigMD allowing providers to use the EHR system to connect to multiple specialty registries for data reporting. FIGmd offers clinical data registry, analytics, and data reporting solutions...


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MedPAC Calls for Alternative Option to Take Place of MIPS

by Kate Monica

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) called for the cancellation of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in a public meeting held on October 5. In its presentation, MedPAC asserted MIPS should be eliminated and replaced...

Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

by Kate Monica

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...

Improving Provider Satisfaction in the Post-HITECH Era

by Kate Monica

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine examined the impact of the HITECH Act on EHR adoption and advised policymakers on ways to improve provider satisfaction and health IT innovation in the post-HITECH era.   Co-authors...

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...

AHA Issues Updated MACRA Resources Following QPP Proposed Rule

by Kate Monica

The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently published updated versions of its MACRA Tracker and MACRA issue brief to include changes introduced by the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule released last month. The newly-modified MACRA...

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...

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...

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...

athenahealth Guarantee Takes Aim at Stage 3 Meaningful Use

by Kate Monica

athenahealth announced plans midweek to expand its Guarantee Program to include a Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for eligible hospitals. This most recent guarantee follows similar federal incentive support programs such as one for the...

MIPS Measures Could Add to Inequity in Quality Improvements

by Kate Monica

A new study by Eggleton et al. finds gaps in Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) measures may worsen disparities between the quality of certain aspects of healthcare including patient access, experience, and interpersonal care. While...

Family Physicians to Benefit from Clinical Quality Data Tool

by Kate Monica

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced the development of new quality improvement tools for meeting federal regulations and reporting requirements in an article published in its eponymous journal. ABFM developed the revised Performance...

10 MACRA Trends Likeliest to Challenge Eligible Clinicians

by Kate Monica

Results from a recent Black Book survey of 8,845 surveyed physician practices identify the top ten most challenging aspects of MACRA implementation for eligible clinicians. With the first year of MACRA implementation underway, physician practices...

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...

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