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Stakeholders Seek Common Changes to Quality Payment Program

August 18, 2017 - 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) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) after scores of healthcare organizations had deemed the program overly-complex and burdensome for providers....


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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...

ONC Trusted Exchange Framework Now Open for Public Comment

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ONC recently announced its trusted exchange framework and common agreement is now open to public comment. On Monday, the federal agency held the first in a series of meetings, webinars, and public comment periods to support the goals of the 21...

AHA Issues Updated MACRA Resources Following QPP Proposed Rule

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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...

CHIME Testimony Seeks Increasing Meaningful Use Flexibility

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In hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health this morning, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives will voice its support for a House bill to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by reducing the number...

Senate Requests Return of $729.4M in Overpaid EHR Incentives

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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...

AMIA Seeking Interoperability, Health Data Exchange Testing

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted comments to the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program requesting further exploration of interoperability testing and other areas likely...

MedPAC Recommends CMS Simplify MIPS Reporting Requirements

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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...

EHR Use Cases, Not Certification, Should Drive EHR Selection

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EHR certification is useful in signaling when certain technology meets industry standards in a test environment. In particular, 2015 edition ONC health IT certification informs providers when a certain technology can be used to earn payments...

CMS Releases Proposed Quality Payment Program Rule Summary

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CMS recently released an extensive 26-page summary of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule detailing the most significant potential changes providers can expect should the rule go into effect.   QPP was designed primarily to improve...

EHR Adoption Driving Need to Update Human Research Rules

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) recently submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD requesting the implementation of the updated Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule) to keep pace with rapid...

Most Physicians Doubt Preparedness for MACRA Requirements

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A recent survey by the American Medical Association (AMA) and KPMG found over 75 percent of physicians feel unprepared to meet MACRA requirements in 2017. Published at the Eighth Annual Alternative Payment Model (APM) and Accountable Care Organization...

GAO Suggests VA Improve Data, Clinical Efficiency Monitoring

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The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published recommendations advising the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve data and monitoring of clinical efficiency. The federal agency also stated VA should strengthen oversight...

AHA, HIMSS Discuss CMS Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and HIMSS have voiced their support for the CMS 2018 proposed rule simplifying the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians and eligible clinicians. The two tracks of QPP—the Merit-Based Incentive...

CMS Rule Simplifies Quality Payment Program Requirements

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CMS yesterday issued an unpublished version of a proposed rule modifying the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), as required by MACRA, in an effort to simplify the program. Simplifying QPP will benefit small, independent, and rural...

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