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MACRA 2018 Rule Reaction: Relief for Small Practices More of a “Band-Aid” than a Long-Term Fix

June 22, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Responding to stakeholder concerns, CMS is looking to make year two of the Quality Payment Program simpler for small practices. What will be the fallout for these clinicians?

Healthcare Industry Leaders React to Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 21, 2017  |  Mark Hagland and Heather Landi
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One day after CMS released its proposed rule for 2018 requirements under MACRA’s Quality Payment Program, industry leaders express a spectrum of reactions to its complex skein of details, around data and IT requirements, what’s being measured, and the...

AMGA’s Ambivalent First Reaction to the Quality Payment Program’s Proposed Rule Release

June 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Late Thursday afternoon, following the release by CMS of the proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program under the MACRA law, AMGA’s Chet Speed spoke with Healthcare Informatics regarding what his association sees as the plusses—and minuses—of the...

BREAKING: CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule for 2018

June 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (QPP), with the aim to simplify the program, especially for small, independent and rural practices.

Aledade Continues Expansion, Partners with UnitedHealthcare for Accountable Care

June 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), and UnitedHealthcare are working together in a new accountable care program with the aim to improve the quality of healthcare in Arkansas.

MedPAC Report Pushes for MIPS Redesign

June 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In its June 2017 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) advised that the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under MACRA be redesigned.

Does the eClinicalWorks Settlement Shine a Light on Patient Safety, Interoperability Issues?

June 16, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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Some health IT leaders contend that the False Claims Act lawsuit settlement with eClinicalWorks shines a spotlight on the lack of interoperability and the need for a stronger focus on health IT-related patient safety. What are the potential policy implications?

At the Health IT Summit in Boston, a Mix of Clarity and Obscurity Seen Around Federal Health IT Policy

June 16, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Healthcare IT industry leaders share their perspectives on a range of federal policy issues, at the Health IT Summit in Boston, and speculate on what might happen next around MACRA/MIPS, Stage 3 of meaningful use, and nationwide interoperability

AHA Calls on CMS to Cancel Stage 3 of Meaningful Use

June 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) request for information on CMS flexibilities and efficiencies, the American Hospital Association (AHA) is calling on the agency to further reduce regulatory burdens on hospitals and health...

As Healthcare CIOs Evolve, Leadership Concerns Abound

June 15, 2017  |  Dan O’Connor, vice president of client relations, Stoltenberg Consulting
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Beyond the EHR landscape, several industry trends stand out as vital influencers toward the evolving hospital CIO role.

What are the Potential Ripple Effects of the eClinicalWorks Settlement?

June 14, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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In the wake of the settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit against EHR vendor eClinicalWorks, does the case shed light on deficiencies in the health IT certification program? Is more oversight needed? Health IT industry leaders weigh in on the implications.

OIG Report Estimates CMS Overpaid $729M in MU Payments; How Concerning are the Findings?

June 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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During a three-year span starting in 2011, CMS overpaid an estimated $729 million in Medicare EHR incentive payments to eligible professionals who did not comply with federal meaningful use requirements, according to an OIG report.
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