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Healthcare Associations, Stakeholders Respond to MACRA Finalized Rule with Cautious Hopefulness

October 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The initial reaction from healthcare stakeholders to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Final Rule was one of cautious optimism.

How One Health Plan in Minnesota is Looking to Pass the MACRA Test

September 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
For payers like the Minnetonka, Minn.-headquartered Medica, working hand-in-hand with providers will be one of the biggest keys to making a successful MACRA transition.

HHS Announces $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with MACRA

June 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small...

Black Book: Small Physician Practices Foresee End of Their Independence Due to MACRA

June 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
According to a Black Book survey of 1,300 physician groups of five or fewer clinicians, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of high Medicare-volume doctors foresee the end of their independence due to the physician payment changes that will take place under MACRA

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

Top Ten Tech Trends: The MIPS Waiting Game

March 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly a year after MACRA was signed into law, there is still little awareness about the health IT provisions of the bill amongst the provider community. Nonetheless, healthcare leaders cannot afford to wait.

The Demise of Meaningful Use? Not so Fast, Say Industry Leaders

January 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
While CMS’s Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said earlier this week that the meaningful use program will soon be replaced with something better, health IT leaders seem uncertain on if momentous changes are indeed in store.

Peering Into 2016: Five Major Questions We’d Love to See Answered this Year

January 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
U.S. healthcare faces many significant questions, as we begin a new year. Here are five worth pondering.

CMS’s Quality Measure Development Plan: A Big Opportunity for Patient Care Leaders?

December 29, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Could CMS’s development process around its new Quality Measure Development Plan provide an opening for clinicians and clinical informaticists to help shape the future they must needs live under in any case?

CMS Releases Draft Plan for Transition to New Payment Models

December 22, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
CMS has released a Quality Measure Development Plan to serve as a strategic framework for the future of clinician quality measure development as healthcare transitions to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs).

Washington Debrief: Senate Expected to Consider Cyber Threat Information Sharing Bill

October 21, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
The Senate is considering a bill that would offer hospitals liability protection when sharing cyber threat indicators (CTIs) in an effort to improve the nation’s cyber defenses.

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: CHIME Advocacy Directors Affirm Patient ID, Cybersecurity, and Meaningful Use as Key Areas of Focus

October 15, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
In a lively briefing for members of the healthcare press, CHIME’s advocacy directors shared with representatives of the media their core lobbying strategies at a time of swirling change in healthcare


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