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Will CMS Officials Heed Association Leaders’ Concerns on MIPS/MACRA, as We Surge Ahead Into the New Healthcare?

July 1, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As healthcare professional associations weigh in with a plentiful list of concerns about CMS’s proposed rule on physician payment requirements under MACRA, MIPS, will senior agency officials consider carefully what provider leaders are saying about the high-speed...

Legislators Urge OCR to Treat Ransomware Attacks as Breaches under HITECH Regulations

July 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
At least two lawmakers are calling on federal regulators to treat ransomware attacks as breaches under the HITECH Act, and, in a letter, recommend guidance that “aggressively requires reporting of ransomware attacks to regulators.”

In New Hampshire, Fighting Through Public HIE Barriers (Part 1)

June 30, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Jeff Loughlin, executive director of the New Hampshire Health Information Organization, recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the pubic HIE’s challenges and what’s new with the organization, now in its third year of operations.

As Deadline Nears, Healthcare Professional Associations Offer Comments to CMS on MACRA/MIPS

June 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the deadline neared for public comments on the proposed rule related to physician payment under MACRA/MIPS, a host of healthcare professional associations released public statements that encompassed their comments to CMS, with many connected to data and IT...

Report: Meaningful Use Payments Total $34.7 Billion

June 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Since the beginning of the meaningful use program and through May 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has allocated $34.69 billion in meaningful use incentives payments, according to CMS data.

Physician Organizations Voice Concerns About Complexity, Timing of MIPS/APMs Proposed Rule

June 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Numerous physician organizations have submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) calling for the agency to reconsider the timing and complexity of a massive proposed rule that implements Medicare’s new physician payment system.

Washington Debrief: Meaningful Use Adjustments Included in Republican Healthcare Reform Agenda

June 27, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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House Republicans, led by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI-01), released a white paper outlining their healthcare reform agenda, which included references to reforming the Meaningful Use program and transparency in the regulation of mobile medical applications.

In Keynote at iHT2 Boston, Dr. Paul Keckley Sums Up Healthcare Reform in One Word: Incomplete

June 23, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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At the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Boston, Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D., former managing director, Navigant Healthcare, and managing editor, The Keckley Report, delivered a keynote presentation on if the goals of healthcare reform, as outlined in the beginning of the...

HHS Names New Members to HIT Policy and Standards Committees

June 23, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell named eight new members of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) and one new member to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).

SAMHSA Awards Opioid Treatment Continuity Grant to Arizona HIE

June 22, 2016  |  David Raths
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, approximately 1,000 OTP patients couldn’t get access to treatment. SAMHSA is working with health information exchanges on continuity solutions.

Ships Sailing? Trains Leaving Stations? Whatever Metaphor One Chooses, the New Healthcare Has Definitively Launched

June 21, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Whether one imagines ships sailing or trains leaving stations, one thing is clear: the new healthcare, with all of its data, process, and leadership challenges, seems to be at an inflection point around value-based care delivery and payment

Survey: Payers, Providers Project Value-Based Reimbursement Will Eclipse Fee-for-Service by 2020

June 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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According to the results of a new survey, value-based payment has hit the tipping point, with bundled payment projected to grow rapidly in the next five years and as payers’ network strategies are changing, getting narrower and more selective. The survey results...
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