A New Dose of Realism at CMS Over Meaningful Use?

January 30, 2015     Mark Hagland
Did Thursday’s news out of CMS signal a major shift towards greater realism on the part of federal healthcare officials? Provider association leaders can’t be blamed for hoping so

Deven McGraw Gives Stage 3 Predictions (Part 1 of 2)

January 29, 2015     Gabriel Perna
In part one of a two-part interview series, Deven McGraw, a Washington D.C.-based partner in the healthcare practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, gives her predictions for Stage 3 of meaningful use. She explains why “interoperability only” is an...

BREAKING: CMS Considering Proposing a Shortened EHR Reporting Period in 2015

January 29, 2015     Gabriel Perna and Mark Hagland
In news that will surely make much of the healthcare IT world happy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intentions to shorten meaningful use reporting in 2015 from a full-year to 90-days.

Major Providers, Payers Set Their Own Value-Based Goals

January 28, 2015     Gabriel Perna
An alliance of some of the country's biggest health systems and payers announced a significant commitment to value-based reimbursement models by the year 2020.

A Signal Moment in Healthcare Reimbursement: The Feds Send a Clear Signal on Payment Reform

January 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
The set of announcements around Medicare payment reform released on Jan. 26 by the Department of Health and Human Services couldn’t be any clearer on the fundamental direction in which federal reimbursement is headed

Obama Administration Sets Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

January 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants 30 percent of traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to a quality-driven, alternative payment model, such as an Accountable Care Organization (ACOs), by the end of next year.

State Innovation Models to Invest in Health IT

January 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The State Health Innovation Plans developed by 25 states—with support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)—plan to significantly invest in health IT services, according to a recent analysis from the New York-based research firm, Accenture.

Top Ten Tech Trends: Closing the Gaps in Transitions of Care

January 23, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
The movement of a patient from one setting of care to another—and the electronic documentation of that movement—is vital in accurately being able to tell the patient’s entire story, but has also become an area that providers have struggled with in terms of...

Washington Debrief: Strong Finish for MU in 2014 Doesn’t Allay 2015 Concerns

January 20, 2015     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The percentage of hospitals required to meet Stage 2 measures grows from 51 percent (2,563) in 2014 to 80 percent (3,952) in 2015. With such a large portion of the nation’s hospitals required to meet Stage 2 for the entire year, CHIME and other organizations...

Industry Stakeholders React--Or Not--to Tavenner's Departure

January 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Some in healthcare are remembering Marilyn Tavenner's time as Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a positive light, while hoping for a quick transition under the new leadership. Others are remaining quiet, opting not...

BREAKING: Marilyn Tavenner Departing CMS (Update: Confirmed)

January 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Multiple mainstream media outlets are reporting that Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is stepping down at the end of February.

Medicare’s New Chronic Care Management Codes for MDs: Clinical IT and Other Requirements

January 14, 2015     Mark Hagland
While physicians can now bill Medicare for chronic care management of their patients, one physician expert cautions that, along with real potential for significant income growth, there are rigorous process and IT requirements involved
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