Medicare/Medicaid

Washington Debrief: House Approves Bill to Exempt Ambulatory Surgical Centers from MU

March 2, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Last week, the House Committee on Ways and Means approved a bill to exempt patient encounters that take place in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) from counting toward meaningful use requirements. There is currently no requirement that ambulatory surgery...

When Peggy O’Kane Speaks, Providers Had Better Listen

February 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The blog last week on the American Journal of Managed Care’s website by Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Kane, president of NCQA, provided a strong element in a clear roadmap for providers going forward

Documenting Better in the New Healthcare

February 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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David Goldman, D.O. says what many are thinking when it comes to documenting in current EHR systems: it’s not intuitive at all. The after-effect can be harrowing for providers, but he believes he has the solution to solve this problem.

Minimizing the ICD-10 Impact by Focusing on the Codes That Matter

February 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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As it looks like the transition to ICD-10 is going to finally happen his year, providers may think that they will have to master 155,000 codes. But not so fast—one consulting firm as developed a shortcut to lessen to burden in the short term.

New Website Reveals Healthcare Costs

February 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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The Health Care Cost Institute, a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C., launched a consumer-focused website that lists pricing information for common health conditions and services using claims data from multiple payers.

CMS Pushes Back Deadline for Medicare EHR Incentive Program

February 25, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving Medicare-eligible professionals a few extra weeks to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

“What Have We Learned? As Usual, Nothing”

February 24, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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Conflicting studies are muddying what we know on the effectiveness of publicly reported health information. In this nascent phase of the transparency movement, this makes sense.

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Forging Ahead on MSSP Progress in Small-Town North Carolina: Coastal Carolina’s ACO Experience

February 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
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Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina are proving that the ACO model of care can work in eastern North Carolina

Washington Debrief: President Signs Executive Order for Unity in Cybersecurity

February 17, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy and Leslie Krigstein, Director of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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President Obama, last Friday, signed an executive order to promote more information sharing about cyberthreats – both within the private sector and between the government and private sector.

The Debate over ICD-10 isn’t that One Sided

February 12, 2015     Gabriel Perna
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This week’s Congressional hearing on ICD-10 made it seem like the debate over the controversial mandate is one-sided. Anyone who has been following this story knows that is simply not the case.

Is the AMA Right in Calling Meaningful Use “Still Broken”?

February 11, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The AMA comes out to decry low eligible-professional attestation rates so far under Stage 2 of meaningful use—but could the use of hyperbolic language end up being counter-productive?
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