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Health Affairs: ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

CMS to Excuse PQRS Penalties Due to ICD-10 Hiccup

January 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
According to a message from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), some physicians will get a pass from the federal agency in 2017 and 2018 when it comes to the application of penalties related to a failure to meet Physician Quality Reporting...

CMS, ONC and AHRQ Integrate eCQI Resource Center with USHIK

January 6, 2017  |  Heather Landi
news
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) have integrated the eCQI Resource Center with United States Health...

Scorecard: Keeping Track of Potential ACA—and Other—Federal Law Changes

January 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Even as Congress comes back into session, with anticipation around possible action to repeal the health insurance elements of the ACA, what might happen to the non-insurance-related internal health system reform elements of the law remains deeply unclear

How HIOs Can Support Ambulatory Providers With MIPS Reporting

December 29, 2016  |  David Raths
article
Regional health information organizations can provide more value in 2017 by offering providers reporting help with CMS’ Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

OIG Identifies Vulnerabilities in CMS’ Deployment of MACRA

December 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has identified two vulnerabilities related to MACRA that the department says CMS must address.

Washington Debrief: Congress Adjourns for the Year, 115th Congress Sworn in Jan. 3

December 20, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
article
Members of Congress have left town for the year, and the 115th Congress will take their places on January 3, 2017.

CHIME Calls on CMS for More MACRA Relief

December 19, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
CHIME is calling on federal officials to lessen the MACRA burden for eligible Medicare physicians through a variety of means.

CMS Expands Advanced APM Opportunities as Stakeholders Push for Track 1+ Details

December 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Beginning in January and February 2017, CMS will now officially open applications for new rounds of two CMS Innovation Center models for the 2018 performance year—for new practices and payers in the CPC+ model and new participants in the Next Generation ACO model.

HHS: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Have Dropped 21 Percent Since 2010

December 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that national patient safety efforts have helped to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 21 percent since 2010, with hospital patients experiencing 3 million fewer...

AHA Outlines Healthcare Policy Priorities in Letter to President-Elect Trump

December 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has written a letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining the organization’s public policy priorities for the new administration—including reducing regulatory burden for providers and continuing to advance health...

At Aurora Health Care, Telehealth Use is Improving ER Patient Flow

December 1, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
Challenged by long wait times in its emergency rooms, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Aurora Health Care deployed a telemedicine solution in one of its hospitals with the aim of improving ER patient flow and has seen a 75 percent reduction in door-to-doctor wait times.

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