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Could the MedPAC Proposal Around MIPS End Up Being the Wrong Answer to the Right Question?

March 20, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC, has proposed that Congress eliminate the MIPS program and replace it with a new value-based purchasing program—but does that proposal make sense in the current policy and payment moment?

CMS: Clinicians Will Receive MIPS Participation Status Letters by End of May

May 3, 2017  | 
All clinicians who will be required to participate in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will receive a letter by the end of this month informing them of their participation status, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently...

Do MIPS Reporting Measures Create an Even Playing Field For Clinicians?

April 26, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Rita Numerof, Ph.D., co-founder and president of Numerof & Associates, believes there are concerns for providers regarding the reliability and validity of specific individual measures in MIPS.

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

March 20, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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.

MGMA’s Jennifer McLaughlin on What’s Next on Healthcare Policy in Congress

February 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
Jennifer McLaughlin, senior associate director for governmental affairs at the Medical Group Management Association, shares her insights on the present moment around healthcare legislation and regulation in Congress

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.

How One Health Plan in Minnesota is Looking to Pass the MACRA Test

September 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
For payers like the Minnetonka, Minn.-headquartered Medica, working hand-in-hand with providers will be one of the biggest keys to making a successful MACRA transition.

HHS Announces $100M in Funding to Help Small Practices with MACRA

June 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced $20 million each year over the next five years to fund on-the-ground Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) training and education for Medicare clinicians in individual or small...

Black Book: Small Physician Practices Foresee End of Their Independence Due to MACRA

June 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
According to a Black Book survey of 1,300 physician groups of five or fewer clinicians, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of high Medicare-volume doctors foresee the end of their independence due to the physician payment changes that will take place under MACRA

Is Dr. Halamka Right When He Says that MDs Might Leave Practice over Health System Reform?

May 9, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
When Dr. John Halamka says that excessive complexity in the required measures under the proposed new rule issued by CMS could cause him to leave medical practice, federal healthcare officials might want to pause to consider

Top Ten Tech Trends: The MIPS Waiting Game

March 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Nearly a year after MACRA was signed into law, there is still little awareness about the health IT provisions of the bill amongst the provider community. Nonetheless, healthcare leaders cannot afford to wait.

The Demise of Meaningful Use? Not so Fast, Say Industry Leaders

January 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
While CMS’s Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said earlier this week that the meaningful use program will soon be replaced with something better, health IT leaders seem uncertain on if momentous changes are indeed in store.


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