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House Republicans to Reform of Meaningful Use Requirements

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Led by Speak Paul Ryan, GOP members of the House last week issued a whitepaper, A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America, laying their vision for healthcare reform guided by five principles. The first (and perhaps most unsurprising) is...

AAFP: Complex MACRA Implementation Rule Requires “Step Back”

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In line with other industry stakeholders, the American Academy of Family Physicians is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) exercise caution in moving forward with MACRA implementation too quickly. "While...

NCQA: Quality Reporting a Problem for MACRA Implementation

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National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider changes to the quality reporting performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) among other...

Is the Timeline for MACRA Implementation Too Aggressive?

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The proposed rule for MACRA implementation requires eligible clinicians to begin their first performance year in 2017 which has drawn criticism from several leading industry groups. In separate letters to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

McKesson, Change Healthcare to Form New Health IT Company

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After a series of moves that hinted at McKesson’s exit from the health IT marketplace, its technology division is set to merge with Change Healthcare to form new health IT venture with the former retaining majority control. Last week, Reuters...

AMIA: “Unprecedented Opportunity” with MACRA Implementation

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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) has voiced its support of MACRA implementation contingent on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) committing to learning from previous quality reporting programs and reducing...

3 Hospitals Sign onto Mercy SaaS for Epic EHR Implementation

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Mercy Technology Services will be helping three more hospitals with their Epic EHR implementations and optimizations through their software as a service (SaaS) model, a press release says. Through the SaaS model, Mercy will assist Riverview Health...

Specialists Concerned with Proposed MACRA Implementation

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The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has expressed concerns over provisions of MACRA implementation that could negatively affect the performance of specialists in either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative...

HHS Appoints New Members to Federal Advisory Committees

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Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has named eight new members to the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and one to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, the federal agency...

More Reports Indicate McKesson to Shed Health IT Businesses

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McKesson Corp has reportedly been conducting talks regarding a merger of its health information technology unit with Change Healthcare Inc., sources familiar with the company told Reuters. According to three sources, a merger with Change Healthcare...

3 Things to Know about MACRA Implementation, MIPS

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In remarks given during the American Medical Association (AMA) annual meeting (birthplace of "digital snake oil"), the acting head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made clear the three-pronged aims of MACRA...

HHS Announces $20M to Assist Physician Practices Under MACRA

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million in funding to train and educate Medicare physicians at small group practices in the wake of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The funds will help...

Has Adoption of Certified EHR Technology Trapped Docs?

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In a recent editorial published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, the journal's editor-in-chief and practicing neurologist Lawrence Huntoon, MD, PhD, has criticized the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for its...

AMA Appoints Dr. David Barbe as its New President-Elect

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The American Medical Association has appointed David O. Barbe, MD, MHA as its president-elect, to begin his duties starting in July 2017, an AMA press release says. Barbe has been a participatory member of the AMA for some time, beginning as...

How Will MACRA Legislation Affect Small Physician Practices?

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Small independent practices are wary of MACRA, and fear that they may not survive the new legislation, according to a recent Black Book survey. The survey, which was conducted in May 2016 with 1,300 physicians, shows that small physician practices...

CMS Makes $10M Available to Support MACRA Implementation

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is redoubling its efforts to support providers with MACRA implementation. The federal agency today announced a new grant that makes up to $10 million available over the next three years to...

Has ONC Assumed Too Much about Interoperability for MACRA?

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The closing date for responding to an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) request for information on measuring health IT interoperability for MACRA implementation came and went a week ago with several industry...

What Family Docs Expect of EHR Interoperability under MACRA

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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has sounded off on methodology proposed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation and questioned the sense...

AHA Questions ONC Approach to Measuring EHR Interoperability

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The American Hospital Association has recommended changes to the methods the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is proposing for measuring EHR interoperability as part of MACRA implementation. Chief of among...

WEDI Names Longtime Healthcare Leader as New President, CEO

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a non-profit advisor on health IT and health information exchange to the Department of Health & Human Services, recently named Charles W. Stellar as its new leader. WEDI made the announcement...

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