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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
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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  | 
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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
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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
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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.

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

February 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Peering Into 2016: Five Major Questions We’d Love to See Answered this Year

January 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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U.S. healthcare faces many significant questions, as we begin a new year. Here are five worth pondering.

CMS’s Quality Measure Development Plan: A Big Opportunity for Patient Care Leaders?

December 29, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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Could CMS’s development process around its new Quality Measure Development Plan provide an opening for clinicians and clinical informaticists to help shape the future they must needs live under in any case?

CMS Releases Draft Plan for Transition to New Payment Models

December 22, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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CMS has released a Quality Measure Development Plan to serve as a strategic framework for the future of clinician quality measure development as healthcare transitions to the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs).

Washington Debrief: Senate Expected to Consider Cyber Threat Information Sharing Bill

October 21, 2015  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Interim Vice President of Public Policy, CHIME
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The Senate is considering a bill that would offer hospitals liability protection when sharing cyber threat indicators (CTIs) in an effort to improve the nation’s cyber defenses.

Live from the CHIME Fall Forum: CHIME Advocacy Directors Affirm Patient ID, Cybersecurity, and Meaningful Use as Key Areas of Focus

October 15, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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In a lively briefing for members of the healthcare press, CHIME’s advocacy directors shared with representatives of the media their core lobbying strategies at a time of swirling change in healthcare

BREAKING: Healthcare IT Leaders React to Stage 3 Final Rule Release

October 6, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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Individual healthcare leaders and healthcare associations reacted quickly to the final rule’s release, expressing cautious optimism, but also wanting to review the details of the 752-page rule

Insufficient IT and Analytics Capabilities Are Seen as Barriers to ACO Success: AMGA Survey

October 6, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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In a survey published last month by AMGA, medical group executives shared that they are finding their IT and analytics capabilities insufficient to support risk-based contracting

Is the Collective Will Present for a Concerted Push on Cybersecurity?

July 22, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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It was very gratifying to moderate a panel discussion at the Denver CHIME Lead Forum on “Healthcare Cybesecurity Solutions,” as the industry hurtles forward into uncharted territory in that arena

Premier’s Blair Childs: Perspectives on Medicare Risk for Accountable Care (Part 1)

June 9, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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Following CMS's publication of a final rule on the MSSP Program, Premier Inc.’s Blair Childs looks at this juncture in the forward evolution of accountable care—and what healthcare leaders need to do next

An Age Old Question and the SGR Repeal

May 6, 2015  |  Gabriel Perna
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Turning to an age old metaphorical question and using exclusive survey data to understand if whether or not physicians are truly prepared for, or even understand, the ramifications of the SGR repeal.

House Bill Proposes Halt to ICD-10 Implementation

May 5, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A new bill has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.

CMS Releases Strategic Vision for Physician Quality Reporting Programs

April 24, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its strategic vision for physician quality reporting programs, describing a long-term vision for CMS’ physician quality reporting programs and a future for these programs to strive toward over the...

At HIMSS15, the Signs Were Everywhere—and They Were All Pointed Towards the Future

April 18, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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All the signs and signals at HIMSS15 were clear—and promise an exciting, challenging rocket ride for healthcare IT leaders in the next year, before HIMSS16

BREAKING: President Obama Signs SGR Repeal Legislation, Shifting Medicare Physician Payment Incentives

April 17, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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On Apr. 16, President Obama signed into law a bill that repeals the long-problematic SGR formula for Medicare physician reimbursement, and ushers in a new era in value-based physician payment

Waving Goodbye to the Windy City: Five HIMSS15 Takeaways

April 16, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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HIMSS never disappoints when it comes to "buzz," as you would expect when 43,000+ health IT minds gather in one place. While it's always difficult to narrow it down to just a few things, here are my five big takeaways from HIMSS15 in Chicago.

HIMSSanity Boiled Down to One Quote

April 16, 2015  |  Gabriel Perna
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It’s the end of the road for HIMSS15 and a hectic week in general for health IT followers. How do you put the craziness into words? I think one HIE thought leader did a good job of doing just that.

Blair Childs: SGR Repeal is a “Game-Changer” for Health IT

April 15, 2015  |  Gabriel Perna and Rajiv Leventhal
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Industry stakeholders are overwhelmingly praising Congress for passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal Legislation, Ushers in New Era in MD Value-Based Payment

April 14, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
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The U.S. Senate’s passage of the so-called “SGR repeal legislation” will end the never-fully-implemented Sustainable Growth Rate formula for Medicare physician payment, and among other things, will introduce a new Merit-based Incentive Payment Program for MD...

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