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Developing Quality Measures to Succeed in Value-Based Care

October 18, 2017 - The ability for quality measures to paint an accurate picture of the patient care experience depends on the availability of reliable data, yet the latter remains a persistent challenge for providers participating in value-based care models. Not surprisingly, a lack of health IT interoperability is a major source of frustration. Quality measures are a critical component of pay-for-performance...


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MedPAC Calls for Alternative Option to Take Place of MIPS

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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...

US Court Cuts TCS Fine From $940M to $420M in Epic Lawsuit

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Earlier this week, a US court cut the compensatory and punitive damages that major IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) must pay Epic Systems for a trade secret lawsuit by more than half. The Western District Court of Wisconsin issued an...

HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns from His Position

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HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price has resigned as head of the nation’s healthcare agency after a quickly-erupting travel expenses scandal dominated the news this week. Price, who has strongly advocated for all of the Republican Party’s...

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

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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,...

WI Health System Suing Cerner for $16M for Faulty Software

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A Wisconsin health system is suing Cerner Corporation for breach of warranty and fraud over issues stemming from its billing software that allegedly led to more than $16 million in losses. Agnesian Healthcare Inc. filed the complaint on September...

Provider Burden the Focus of ONC Health IT Certification Update

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ONC aims to reduce the burden of the health IT certification program by allowing self-declaration for certain certification criteria and exercising discretion in randomized surveillance requirements, officials from the federal agency announced...

Ensuring Your EHR System Meets MACRA Requirements in 2017

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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

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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...

Key Takeaways of Clinical Decision Support System Feedback

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The Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Coalition released a summary of submitted stakeholder feedback surrounding its voluntary guidelines for software developers designing CDS systems following a public comment period earlier this summer.  ...

Premier Urges CMS to Share Data for Quality Payment Program

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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...

Hospitals to Benefit from Reduced Federal EHR Use Regulation

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) emphasized the need to reduce EHR-related burden on hospitals in two letters to federal entities this week, demonstrating the association’s dissatisfaction with the present state of regulations governing...

AMA Calls for Stability, Simplicity in Future MIPS Scoring

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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

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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

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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

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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...

HITECH Directly Responsible for Hospital EHR Adoption Spike

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A recent study by Julia Adler-Milstein and Ashish K. Jha found HITECH to be primarily responsible for significant increases in hospital EHR adoption rates, suggesting the law should serve as a model for ways to influence technology adoption in...

CMS Opens Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application

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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...

CMS Finalizes 2018 Meaningful Use Requirement Flexibilities

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As part of a final rule for hospital inpatient reimbursement for 2018, CMS has also finalized a host of revision to the meaningful use requirements for eligible providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs next year. Chief among the...

OIG Warns Health IT Companies of False Claims Consequences

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently posted a video emphasizing the importance of health IT companies being transparent about the legitimacy of their EHR certifications to avoid false claims.   “If an electronic health...

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