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Trump Administration Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

November 15, 2017 - The Trump Administration recently announced it has selected former Eli Lilly American Division President and former Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) General Counsel Alex Azar to serve as the new HHS Secretary.  The nomination comes after former HHS Secretary and Georgia Congressman Tom Price resigned following allegations he had spent at least $400,000 in travel bills for...


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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...

Healthcare Organizations Call for Value-based Care Policy

by Kate Monica

Leading healthcare organizations from the public and private sector penned a letter to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in an effort to maintain federal support for value-based care and MACRA implementation. Among some notable...

What Changes will MIPS, MACRA Bring for Clinical Quality Reporting?

by Sara Heath

New healthcare payment models are upon us as the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) changes the way in which Medicare providers earn incentive payments. Set as a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), MIPS...

How Federal Agencies Acted to Aid EHR Interoperability in 2015

by Sara Heath

Since the advent of EHRs and health IT products, interoperability has been an issue for healthcare providers. Throughout 2015, different government agencies have made progress toward laying out plans for full EHR interoperability. From interoperability...

Health IT Regulations, Mandates Most Affecting EHR Adoption

by Sara Heath

Over the past decade, the EHR marketplace has become a burgeoning industry, with the number of adopters increasing in parallel. Spurring and impacting the latter’s investment in EHR adoption are several pits of federal regulation and mandates....

Professional Groups Comment on CMS Value-Based Pay Models

by Sara Heath

As the deadline for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Programs (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) comment periods drew to a close yesterday, three major healthcare professional associations...

AMIA Critiques CMS Proposal for Value-Based Programs

by Sara Heath

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in reference to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs), and...

Public Comment Period for MACRA Rule Closes Tomorrow

by Sara Heath

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder that the request for comment period for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) closes on November 17. The comment period applies to Section...

70% of Providers Don’t Think Accountable Care is Worth it

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite widespread participation in value-based payment arrangements, few providers think that accountable care reimbursement structures offer enough reward for the risk.  Half of providers believe that value-based reimbursement will eventually...

CareMore, Emory collaborate on value-based care model

by Nicole Freeman

Emory Healthcare Network (EHN) and CareMore Health System have partnered to expand healthcare services and implement risk-based payment arrangements and a value-based reimbursement model for EHN’s Medicare Advantage patients. CareMore’s clinical...

Colorado providers adopt Anthem value-based care model

by Nicole Freeman

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado has initiated value-based arrangements for over one-third of the state’s primary care physicians. Anthem’s goal is to promote patient-centered care and healthcare affordability. In 2013, Anthem introduced...

Support for SGR repeal bill builds among physician societies

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) and American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) have joined the American Medical Association (AMA) in adding their support for the SGR Repeal and Medicare Modernization Act of 2014, the bi-partisan...

AMA supports SGR repeal, merit-based incentive system

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Medical Association (AMA) is throwing its support behind a bill recently introduced into Congress that would repeal the sustainable growth rate and support the creation of a single system to manage the disbursement of merit-based...

On-call compensation varies widely among physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

Specialty surgeons get paid nearly ten times more than their primary care counterparts for a day of on-call coverage, according to new data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).  Specialty surgeons receive a median rate of...

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