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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?

Should MIPS be Repealed and Replaced? Several Industry Leaders Weigh in on MedPAC’s Published Proposal

March 19, 2018  |  Heather Landi
In its March report to Congress, MedPAC, a policy advisory group, recommends repealing MIPS and replacing it with an alternative model of reimbursement. Several industry thought leaders weigh in on the implications of this recommendation and the future of MIPS.

PODCAST: AMA President Dr. David Barbe on the 2018 MACRA Final Rule and the Future of MIPS

March 2, 2018  |  Heather Landi
In this latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, David Barbe, M.D., American Medical Association president, discusses the 2018 MACRA final rule, how it differs from 2017 and why he has reservations about the MedPAC proposal to repeal and replace MIPS.

NYC H + H’s CEO Looks at Primary Care’s Role in Healthcare Reform

February 27, 2018  |  Heather Landi
During a Primary Care Summit in NYC on Feb. 26, Mitchell Katz, M.D., the new president and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, New York's safety net health system, provided his perspectives on primary care policy and health care reform.

AAFP Calls on ONC, CMS to Reduce Administrative Burden for Docs

February 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
The American Academy of Family Physicians is calling for CMS and ONC to take a number of steps to reduce clinician burden from health information technology.

CHOP Exec to Lead Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers

February 5, 2018  |  David Raths
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, a 15-year old New Jersey nonprofit organization known for its healthcare “hotspotting” model, has named Kathleen Noonan its new CEO.

With $40M More in Funding, Quartet Seeks to Expand Nationwide

January 11, 2018  |  David Raths
New York-based Quartet, a company that is building a technology platform to bring together physicians, mental health providers, and insurers, has raised $40 million in a Series C round to fuel the nationwide expansion of its business model.

In Lawsuit, Physician Practices Claim eClinicalWorks Software Failed to Meet MU Standards

January 5, 2018  |  Heather Landi
Electronic health records (EHR) vendor eClinicalWorks now faces a second class action lawsuit in a little over a month as continued fallout from allegations that the company’s software does not meet Meaningful Use requirements.

Humana’s Chief Medical Officer Shares his Perspectives on Driving Forward into Value-Based Care

December 15, 2017  |  Heather Landi
Humana chief medical officer Roy Beveridge, M.D., shares his perspectives on the findings of a recent value-based care study and the implications for providers making the transition to value-based reimbursement model agreements.

Technology Affordability in Community Hospitals

December 6, 2017  |  Pete Rivera
Community hospitals traditionally operate in many under-served areas. They are often the oasis for patients that otherwise would have to travel long distances to receive quality care.

For Some, CMS’ Cancelling of Two Mandatory Bundled Payment Models is Music to the Ears

December 5, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
When the news last week broke that CMS finalized a rule that will cancel mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, for some industry stakeholders, the rule came as a welcome relief.

Physician Survey Indicates Incremental Progress in Shift to Value-Based Pay

November 30, 2017  |  Heather Landi
A survey of 386 family physicians conducted by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and Humana indicates a growing acceptance of value-based payments, reflected in IT, care coordination and other investments, yet major barriers still exist.


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