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Survey: Healthcare Organizations Remain Underprepared for MACRA

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Two-thirds of healthcare providers report that they are “unprepared” or “very unprepared” for managing and executing Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) initiatives, according to a survey from Pittsburgh-based Stoltenberg Consulting Inc.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: Telehealth Reaches the Tipping Point

March 22, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Now is the time for health systems to develop enterprise telemedicine strategies, before they get left behind, industry leaders say.

Premier: In Uncertain Healthcare Moment, System Leaders Focused on Costs, Data

March 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Despite industry uncertainty about the future healthcare under the Trump administration and a Republican Congress, health system leaders are preparing for the changes ahead in five key areas, most of which involve health IT,

HHS Hires Deputy Health Technology Secretary, Raising More Questions about ONC’s Future

March 21, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has hired former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming, M.D., as a deputy assistant secretary for health technology within the federal agency.

CMS to Further Delay Rollout, Expansion of Bundled Payment Programs

March 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the start and expansion of some of its bundled payment programs as the agency said more time is needed for review, and for participants to fully understand the rules.

Top Ten Tech Trends 2017: In the Current Policy Moment, Healthcare Leaders Search for Answers

March 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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For our editorial team, the value-based healthcare landscape, within the current policy moment in the U.S., was well worthy of being one of Healthcare Informatics’ Top Tech Trends this year.

GAO Report: HHS Needs to Step Up Efforts to Encourage Patient Access, Use of EHRs

March 17, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Health care providers that participated in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program offered nearly 9 out of 10 patients the ability to access their health information online. However, a recent...

Report: NQF’s MAP Recommends HHS Remove Ineffective Quality Measures

March 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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The Washington, DC-based National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) on Thursday issued guidance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommending significant improvements to measure sets used in federal programs.

MGMA Urges CMS to Immediately Release MIPS Reporting Information

March 16, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a letter to CMS, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has called for the immediate release of critical 2017 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligibility information, including notifications about the low volume threshold exemption.

CMS Launches Chronic Care Management Education Initiative for Clinicians

March 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Chronic care management (CCM) is a critical component of primary care that contributes to better outcomes and care, yet it often requires time and effort by clinicians to provide the between-appointment services that patients need to stay on track with their...

BREAKING: Senate Confirms Seema Verma as CMS Administrator

March 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Senate this evening has confirmed Seema Verma as the next CMS Administrator by a vote of 55 to 43, an expected outcome for President Trump’s pick to run the federal healthcare agency.

CBO Releases Analysis of AHCA, Estimates Bill Would Cut Medicaid Spending by $880B

March 13, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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If enacted, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Republicans’ proposed law to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are...

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