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Unintended Consequences of MACRA Requirements for Doctors?

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) raised concerns about the unintended consequences of  MACRA implementation for physicians hoping to receive bonuses and at the very least avoid negative payment adjustments under the Merit-based Incentive...

EHR Optimization a Focus of Upcoming ICD-10 Updates

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Many healthcare providers, whether reluctantly or not, have already implemented ICD-10 coding procedures and continued to provide care with the system in place. However, like many aspects of the industry, providers will need to prepare for upcoming...

AHA Backs Thune Legislation to Meaningful Use Requirements

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On Tuesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) voiced its support of draft legislation aiming to remove change several aspects of meaningful use in 2016 and beyond. Specifically, AHA supports the removal of the pass/fail scoring system used...

Will MACRA Implementation Unfairly Affect Small Practices?

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The final rule for MACRA implementation — and with its provisions for both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) — is many months away, but concerns about its impact on the healthcare...

Cerner Embroiled in Lawsuits over Employee Wage Disputes

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Cerner Corporation, a leading EHR vendor, has allegedly neglected to pay employees for overtime hours, according to a KCUR 89.3 report. A Cerner employee has recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the healthcare technology company in Kansas...

AHA Seeks 4 Changes to MIPS as Part of MACRA Implementation

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Among the many recommendations the American Hospital Association has made regarding MACRA implementation, it is especially seeking four broad changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with hospital-based physicians in mind. In...

Two MO Healthcare Providers Tap Cerner for EHR Implementation

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Cerner has added two more healthcare systems to its list of customers. SoutheastHEALTH and Missouri Delta Medical Center, two Missouri-based healthcare organizations, have selected Cerner’s Millennium system for EHR implementation, according...

Is MACRA the “Burning Platform for Progress” in Healthcare?

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According to the Acting Administrator of CMS, MACRA is the vehicle for realizing progress in care delivery by aligning the quality goals of both federal regulators and individual physicians. "When we put our minds to it, I have seen how...

EHR, Management Systems Facilitated Transition to ICD-10

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While the majority of healthcare stakeholders have fully transitioned to ICD-10, many providers and vendors are crediting the smooth changeover to their EHRs and practice management systems. According to the WEDI ICD-10 Post-Implementation Survey,...

Slavitt: MACRA Implementation to Be Collaborative, Iterative

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While CMS intends for MACRA implementation to serve as a continuation of its efforts to shift from volume to value, the federal agency recognizes the need for both collaboration and iteration to ensure that its deployment achieves its goals of...

GAO Appoints 3 New Members to Health IT Policy Committee

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The Government Accountability Office has named three new members of the Health IT Policy Committee to represent payers, patients and consumers, and employers, the federal agency announced Thursday. “It’s important to have the input...

Comparing Advancing Care Information to Meaningful Use

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As the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) draws the curtains on meaningful use, healthcare providers are wondering how the proposed Advancing Care Information program would replace EHR Incentive Programs in 2017. In a recent fact...

CMS Releases Guide on Developing Clinical Quality Measures

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The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the final version of the Quality Measure Development Plan, a framework for establishing clinical quality measures and reporting programs that support new value-based reimbursement...

The Congressional Case for Rebooting Meaningful Use Program

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The answer to that question is a resounding yes from a contingent of Republican senators still looking to improve the EHR Incentive Programs by revising meaningful use requirements. Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY),...

CMS Offers 3 Listening Sessions on MACRA Proposed Rules

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced three opportunities for healthcare stakeholders to learn more about the recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on MACRA implementation, according to an official CMS news update....

Understanding MIPS Eligibility under Proposed MACRA Rule

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As the dust settles following the dropping of the proposed rule for MACRA implementation, aspects of the rulemaking requiring particular attention for physician emerges are becoming clear. One such aspect is eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive...

More Industry Groups Voice Opinions on Proposed MACRA Rules

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Earlier this week the Department of Health and Human Services announced a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation that would end meaningful use, realign clinical quality reporting, and transform how Medicare physicians are paid...

Industry Groups Share Views on Proposed MACRA Implementation

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In light of the recent notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), several healthcare industry groups have come forward to voice their opinions on ending meaningful use, reducing clinical...

MIPS Requirements for Physicians Under Proposed MACRA Rule

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The proposed rule for MACRA implementation brings with a whole new methodology for promoting appropriate health IT use and quality reporting as part of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). In yesterday's announcement of the notice...

Proposed MACRA Rule to End Meaningful Use for Physicians

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In issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking for MACRA implementation, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has signaled the end of meaningful use for Medicare physicians. The program is still under review for hospitals. “We’re...

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