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AHA Opposes Major Potential Changes to MIPS Policy, Requirements

December 6, 2017 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) suggested the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) refrain from pushing for major changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to avoid further confusing providers still adjusting to the fledgling program. The association urged MedPAC to hold off on advocating for MIPS policy changes in a recent letter, one which also included...


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Few Providers Satisfied with EHR System Success in QPP

by Kate Monica

On average, only 38 percent of providers are satisfied with their EHR systems’ ability to meet the requirements of the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP), according to the State of QPP Preparedness Industry Report. Conducted by Porter Research...

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 system. The solutions...

Stakeholders Voice Support for 2018 Quality Payment Program Rule

by Kate Monica

Stakeholders including the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently released comments on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) 2018 final rule that include suggestions to change the new low-volume threshold. On November 2, CMS released...

Consolidating to Simplify Health Data Exchange, Interoperability

by Kate Monica

True interoperability for improved health data exchange persists as a top healthcare industry priority among stakeholders in both the public and private sector as 2017 comes to a close. Health IT developers, health information exchanges (HIEs),...

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 rule includes...

CMS Issues Quality Payment Program Year 2 Final Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS today issued the final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes policies to reduce administrative burden on providers and better support clinicians in small and rural practices in meeting program requirements....

4 Tips for Successfully Navigating EHR Vendor Relationships

by Sheri Stoltenberg

Across the country, the healthcare industry has nearly reached full transition from paper documentation to electronic health records (EHRs). Thanks to the push from government initiatives, by 2025, the global EHR market will reach a reported...

eClinicalWorks Enters Two New Partnerships to Enhance EHR Use

by Kate Monica

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...

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...

2016 PQRS Payment Adjustments Subject to Medicare Final Rule

by Kate Monica

CMS recently announced feedback reports on the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURS) containing information about performance and payment adjustments are now available. However,...

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 physicians,...

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...

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

The Premier healthcare alliance made a total of ten recommendations to House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health to provide regulatory relief to the healthcare industry, which include monthly data sharing by CMS as part of the...

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...

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...

Physicians Foresee Major Burden in Quality Payment Program

by Kate Monica

A recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) found 82 percent of responding physicians view the Quality Payment Program (QPP) as very or extremely burdensome. The survey featured responses from physicians at 750 group...

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...

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