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How MIPS Changes in the 2019 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

July 18, 2018 - CMS recently released its proposed rule for Year 3 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes several changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that aim to reduce administrative burden for eligible clinicians. In accordance with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, CMS will continue to gradually implement MIPS for three more years to help providers transition to ...


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CMS Administrator Seema Verma Pledges to Cut Provider Burden

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In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency’s commitment to “turning the tide” of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut ...

Supporting the Independent Practice in a Value-Based Care System

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Value-based care is touted as a way of incentivizing providers to achieve the triple aim: delivering high quality care, improving population health management, and lowering healthcare costs. While shifting from a fee-for-service model to a ...

CHIME Commends CMS QPP Proposed Rule, AMGA Voices Criticism

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Stakeholders have expressed conflicting opinions about the new CMS 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed rule, which was released July 12 along with proposed rules about the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule.  The rule includes several...

How to Create a Standardized Nationwide Patient Matching Strategy

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A nationwide patient matching strategy should be led by the private-sector and spearheaded by a neutral coordinating organization to ensure flexibility, transparency, and standardization, according to several healthcare industry leaders. In...

Congress Urges CMS to Lower MIPS Exclusion Thresholds

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Five members of Congress encouraged CMS to lower the exclusion thresholds in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to enable more clinicians to participate in the program in a July 3 letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. Accord...

CMS Aiding Small, Rural Practices Can Improve MIPS Participation

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Small and rural practices are more likely to struggle with Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) explained in a recent report. Legacy program requirements, lacking financial an...

HIMSS, AMDIS Suggest Ways CMS Can Reduce Administrative Burden

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In a recent letter to CMS, HIMSS and the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) offered suggestions to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of the CMS Patients Over Paperwork Initiative. The Patients Ov...

AMIA Notes Health IT Safety Considerations to FDA in EHR Use

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There are key considerations within EHR use related to health IT safety, AMIA explained in response to FDA’s request for input on health IT benefits and risks associated with the software functions excluded from the 21st Century Cures...

Wilkie Stresses New EHR System Need in VA Secretary Hearing

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Having a new EHR system is the first step to modernizing the VA appointment system, and is an area that will be a top priority, VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie said in his confirmation hearing on Wednesday. Improving access to care throu...

Healthcare Interoperability Top Focus in CMS CHIO Posting

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for a Chief Health Informatics Officer (CHIO), a position which will require a focus on improving healthcare interoperability and developing health IT requirements, according t...

Stakeholders Disagree Over How CMS Can Promote Interoperability

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and AHA disagree over whether CMS should modify Conditions of Participation (CoPs) in Medicare and Medicaid for hospitals to promote interoperability improvements. The associations submitted com...

VA Cerner EHR Implementation to Go Live at IOC Sites By March 2020

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Care sites within the VA Cerner EHR implementation initial operating capability (IOC) in the Pacific Northwest should be live and fully-functional by March 2020, according to testimony from VA officials at a recent House Committee on Vetera...

AMGA Endorses Standardized Quality Measure Set to Simplify Reporting

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The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Board of Directors recently endorsed a set of 14 standardized quality measures as part of an effort to reduce the administrative burden associated with reporting requirements. The measure set is...

PI Program Should Support Health IT Improvement, CEHRT Adoption

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UPDATE: CHIME has submitted comments to CMS about PI proposed policies. The CMS promoting interoperability (PI) program should advance health IT improvement and 2015 certified EHR technology (CEHRT) adoption among hospitals, according to a ...

ONC Drafting Strategy to Reduce Administrative Burden on Providers

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ONC will work with CMS to develop a strategy to reduce administrative burden on providers as part of a larger plan to implement provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act over the next few years, according to National Coordinator for Health I...

ONC Funding Cut in FY2019 Draft Bill, NIH Funds Boosted

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The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of the FY2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education (LHHS) Funding Bill last week, which included a cut in ONC funding. ONC’s budget would be $42.7 million under the le...

Nurses Asked to Falsify Patient Health Records at Kansas Hospital

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Kansas-based Blue Valley Hospital nurses told CMS inspectors that they were asked to falsify patient health records to include medical complications that would justify keeping patients in the hospital longer to earn Medicare reimbursements,...

EHR System, Health IT Solution Earn ONC Health IT Certification

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Two health IT solutions recently earned ONC 2015 edition health IT certification from ONC Authorized Certification Bodies (ACB) Gaming Laboratories International and Drummond Group. ChartLogic — a division of Medsphere — receive...

Health IT Innovation Centered on the Physician-Patient Interface

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Several efforts to put physicians and patients at the center of health IT innovation are currently underway at AMA. Speaking at the 2018 AMA Annual Meeting, AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD, detailed the association’s approach to resolving...

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