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Halamka on MACRA Final Rule: “CMS is Listening and I Thank Them”

October 20, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Health IT notable expert John Halamka, M.D., CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, recently weighed in on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule.

In MACRA Final Rule, Health IT’s Role Looms Large

October 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
With the release of the MACRA final rule last week, healthcare leaders quickly turned to look at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of certified EHR technology and more broadly, health information technology.

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.

MACRA Final Rule is Here!

October 17, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
CMS has released the much anticipated final rule on MACRA.

A First Look at the MACRA Final Rule

October 14, 2016  |  David Raths
Following a brief review of the 2,398-page MACRA Final Rule released Oct. 14, here is a first look at some of the key changes between the proposed and final rule and the rationales CMS offered for its decisions.

BREAKING: MACRA Final Rule Released

October 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized the highly-anticipated Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Final Rule.

CMS to Reduce Medical Record Review for Docs in Certain APMs

October 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an 18-month pilot program to reduce medical record review for physicians practicing in certain advanced alternative payment models (advanced APMs).

Brookings Fellow on MIPS: “It’s an Open Invitation to Cheating”

October 12, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
As the healthcare industry continues to await the MACRA final rule, expected to drop any day now, discussion around some of the proposed rule’s core health IT elements, and how they will affect participating physicians, have begun to heat up.

American Hospital Association Launches MACRA Implementation Tool

October 12, 2016  | 
With the possibility that the MACRA final rule could drop in the next few weeks, the American Hospital Association has launched an online tool, a MACRA Tracker, to help hospitals and physicians they employ prepare for Medicare’s new physician payment program.

Diving into Healthcare’s Data Blocking Enigma

October 11, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A recent conversation with the notable Dr. Farzad Mostashari left me further pondering one of the core issues in health IT right now.

MACRA Final Rule Expected Soon: What are the Considerations?

October 10, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
With rumors swirling that the MACRA final rule could drop from CMS sooner rather than later, now is a good time to take a look back at what was proposed and what key elements might be changed.

Washington Debrief: CHIME Joins Industry Leaders in Call for Action on Patient ID National Strategy

October 10, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Last week CHIME joined a diverse group of 22 industry stakeholders that urged the House Appropriators to maintain the language that clarifies the ability for ONC and CMS to work with the private sector on a national strategy for patient identification and...


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